Questions tagged [pandemic]

Pandemic is a cooperative game in which players work together to combat the spread of four deadly diseases before they overwhelm the planet. Each player brings a distinct skill to bear on the problem; only through careful teamwork can they ultimately save the Earth! 2-4 players, 45-60 minutes.

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Event card timings during epidemic in Pandemic 1st Edition [duplicate]

Can you play an event card when you have drawn the epidemic card? Example If you draw an epidemic card, 1.can the quiet night card be played? ( so that you still infect the bottom card city but skip ...
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Use of Researcher in Pandemic?

Can the Researcher transfer cards to another player on her very first turn, in other words, while still in Atlanta? Seems like this gives too much of a head start at beginning of game.
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Pandemic - reduced rule-set for beginners

I have recently started playing pandemic, and was overwhelmed by the amount of rules. Is there a reduced set of rules, easier to learn and remember but still fun, that can be used by beginners until ...
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What are good general strategies for Pandemic?

I've looked at a lot of forum posts on several sites on Pandemic and it seems that there is a decent amount of luck. You may win two 6-epidemic games in a row, then lose three 5-epidemic games. I have ...
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Contingency planner question

If it's my turn and I am the contingency planner, can I use a special event card then use an action to put the card on contingency planner then use that event again in the same turn?
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Epidemic infections

After drawing an epidemic card and infecting the bottom card, do you still need to then infect the number of cities according to the infection rate? Or do you skip the "infect cities" step?
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In Pandemic, when does the discard-over-7-cards rule take effect?

Scenario Pandemic's excess card rule states that if you have more than 7 cards in your hand at any time, you must discard the excess (according to your preference, of course). Let's say you're the ...
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Making the Contingency Planner more useful

The 2013 version of Pandemic added a new card, the Contingency Planner: My gaming group has found this card very weak compared to the other roles for a couple of reasons: It's ability to pull an ...
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Can I begin a turn when there is only 1 card remaining in the player deck? [duplicate]

If my role (let's say the Scientist) has 4 cards of the same color but was not able to get to a research station. And, let's say a different player (the Operations guy) lands on the same city as the ...
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How can I play Pandemic with 6 players?

I've recently bought Pandemic, and really liked the game. But since the basic game is only 2-4 players, I ordered the expansion "On the Brink", which brings it up to 5 players. Is there a rules ...
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Medic abilities

The medic card says that they can “remove ALL cubes of one colour when doing Treat Disease”. One interpretation from the rules is that Treat Disease applies only to the city you are in. However ...
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Pandemic - Can an action be performed by different players during action phase?

In Pandemic, can an action be performed by different players during action phase, by using Funded Event cards? For example: "Flexible Aid Package" allows a. player to perform 1-3 extra actions (by ...
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Does the medic remove cubes of the final cured disease (and thus eradicate it) before the game ends in a win?

Consider a scenario in which your group is doing absurdly well. Three diseases have been eradicated, and while the fourth disease — Red — has not yet been cured, it has been contained to a single city,...
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Does anybody need the 6th epidemic card in Pandemic?

4 epidemic cards in the pile are easy in Pandemic. 5 cards - it is interesting. Our win / lose ratio is about 50% with 5 epidemic cards. But I can't imagine how to play with 6 epidemic cards. Are you ...
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In Pandemic, why take the extra step of eradicating a disease after you've cured it?

I understand that you need to cure all four diseases to win the game. But the next step beyond curing a disease is eradicating it. Why do this? After you cure a disease, how are you helped by going ...
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Can you eradicate a disease without finding a Cure first?

If you eradicate a disease in Pandemic without finding a cure first (ie remove all of one colour from the board) does it remain eradicated or can it still come back unless it has also been cured? The ...
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Can Pandemic Legacy be played as “vanilla” Pandemic?

I've never played Pandemic, but thinking of getting the Legacy edition. Is it possible to play it without the legacy elements a few times first, and get an experience that is same or similar to that ...
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How do you eradicate a disease? [duplicate]

What are ways you can have a disease eradicated? Is it if you get rid of all the cubes or do you have to find a cure first?
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Single player variant of pandemic?

Is it possible play the base version of Pandemic with one person? One thing I've consider is you could just play for four players with open hands.
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Does the Medic need to wait until their next turn to remove cubes when another player researches a cure?

Say Medic got to Paris with 3 blue cubes but didn't have enough action to remove cubes, and a next player cures blue. Do we get to remove those blue cubes from Paris right away or do we wait till ...
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Does the Medic remove all cubes of cured diseases from the cities he travels through?

Does the Medic remove all cubes of cured diseases from the cities he travels through? Let's say he: drives to one city (3 cured cubes) drives to another city (2 cured cubes) drives to another city (1 ...
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Do I need On The Brink to play In The Lab?

I bought the Pandemic base set, and In The Lab, as I saw it plays up to six people. (Though I notice now that's for team play). When I got home, I saw the box says that you need both the base set ...
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Does the Lab Challenge make Pandemic easier or harder?

We've tried out the Lab Challenge (from the new In The Lab expansion), and I can't quite tell if it makes the game harder or not. All other things equal (#players, roles, # epidemics), is a game with ...
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What are the chances of losing Pandemic on the first turn?

I like probability questions, and it has been a while since tttpp's excellent analysis of losing in the first turn of Forbidden Island. I figured it might be interesting to calculate how likely you ...
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How does the medic work in Pandemic - In the lab once a disease is cured?

The In the Lab expansion requires you to move cubes into dishes in order to cure diseases and beat the game. Once a disease have been cured, the "automatic" ability of the Medic is that all of the ...
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Does the “CDC Planes Grounded” emergency event prevent the First Responder's ability?

The emergency event CDC Planes Grounded prevents players from moving by flight actions, as well as the Airlift event. The rules denote some specific exceptions such as the Dispatcher's ability, but do ...
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How often do you have to move the outbreak marker in a chain reaction?

So if an outbreak occurs, I do move the outbreak marker one forward. If this triggers a chain reaction in one city, I move it forward once more. But what happens if I have several chain reactions? ...
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In Pandemic, can the Coordinator's ability be used on another player's turn?

In Pandemic, one of the role is "coordinator" aka "dispatcher". The rules say: Move your fellow players' pawns on your turn as if they were your own. Move any pawn to another city containing a ...
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Pandemic 2012 or 2013 [duplicate]

I can't understand what is the difference between the Pandemic 2012 and 2013! And do 2012 awards winning edition compatible with the expansions, or have a misprint issue?.
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Is Pandemic harder with fewer players?

I've played a couple of Pandemic games with 2, 3 and 4 players. From my point of view, the game should be harder with only 2 players since it will be more difficult to get a medic and both players ...
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Are the (player) cards in your hand supposed to be face up or not?

In playing Pandemic, I've always played where the cards in your hand are face up - i.e., visible to everyone. It is a cooperative game after all, and looking at another player's cards is easier than ...
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When a city outbreaks when using the Malaria Historical Disease, does it create one or two outbreak cubes?

In Pandemic Iberia, the rules for the Malaria historical disease state: When infecting with black, whenever you would put 1 black cube into a city that has no black cubes in it, add 2 black cubes ...
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Does the “Disease Zones Expand” emergency event only apply to cities with cubes of more than one color?

The Disease Zones Expand emergency event card states to Add 1 cube of every non-matching color to each city with different colored cube(s). Does this mean to add cubes to cities which have cubes ...
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What are the differences between Pandemic and Pandemic 2013?

I have seen that there is a new edition of Pandemic for 2013. What are the differences between Pandemic and the "New Challenge" version? Can I convert my original edition to use any of the new rules?...
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Is it advisable to play Legacy without having played Pandemic before?

My group and I are planning to start playing Pandemic Legacy. While we haven't played Pandemic before, we're accustomed to decision making games like Dead of Winter or Small World. As I understand it,...
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How many players realistically possible in Pandemic Board Game 2nd edition

I love playing Pandemic, but the one of the biggest holdups for me is how you can only play 4 players. However, in the box there are 7 roles! (Scientist, Researcher, Medic, Quarantine Specialist, ...
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Are chain reaction outbreaks considered part of the original outbreak, in regards to “Containment Failure”

The Containment Failure emergency event says to place 2 cubes in each connected city when doing the next outbreak. If one of those connected cities already has 2 or 3 cubes, this triggers a chain ...
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Best method for evenly distributing epidemic cards in Pandemic setup?

The rules for Pandemic call for shuffling the Player deck and distributing the initial cards to each player. The remaining 50 or so cards are then seeded with epidemic cards by this rule: Divide ...
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Does the Quarantine Specialist prevent Epidemic in connected cities?

So, by example, if the Quarantine Specialist is in London, and an Epidemic card is pulled and the affected city is New York (or another connected city), does the specialist cancel the placement of ...
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What constitutes a month?

What is a month in Pandemic Legacy? We are not sure. We were new to Legacy version so we first played the game simply like Pandemic and are now ready to play first round as a Legacy version.
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How exactly do cures affect future infection in Pandemic?

How does finding a cure affect future infections in Pandemic? Scenario 1) Cure IS found, disease cubes for that same color DO exist on the board, and player draws an infection card matching that ...
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Pandemic Special Orders

Can player A play the Special Orders card during player B's turn, allowing B to then move the character of A or some third party C, or can it only be used on player A's turn?
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Is “Sequencing Breakthrough” applied only to a single player

The Sequencing Breakthrough event indicates to place the card face up in front of "this player". The text, however, indicates the effect is applied on the "next cure". All of the other long-term ...
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pandemic - can a city outbreak more than once per infect city turn?

Scenario: - infection rate is 2 - Tehran currently has 2 cubes, Baghdad has 3 cubes At end of turn, first infect card drawn is Baghdad. It outbreaks and adds a cube to Tehran so Tehran now has 3 ...
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Would it be viable to play pandemic with an “eradicate all diseases” win condition?

I have played several games of Pandemic, and have found it to be a really enjoyable game with a lot of challenge. I was wondering about the possibility of modifying the rules such that the game is ...
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Pandemic - how many epidemic cards?

We've got the 2013 edition of Pandemic, and the four of us are struggling! For instance, it says to prepare the Player Deck by using 4, 5, or 6 Epidemic cards for an Introductory, Standard, or Heroic ...
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Lab challenge: Can a cure be tested multiple times

One of the steps for developing a cure in the "Lab challenge" is to test it. To do it a card of the cure color must be put on the test space and one disease cube of the color can be removed from any ...
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Is there an extension that converts regular Pandemic to Pandemic Legacy: Season 1?

I own Pandemic. I want to buy Pandemic Legacy: Season 1. It's quite expensive though and it seems that the game board looks the same. Is there an extension to the Pandemic game that reproduces ...
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Is the Pandemic expansion “In the Lab” available in multiple languages?

I like to play Pandemic. I have bought the game and the expansion "On the Brink" in Dutch. Is the expansion "In the Lab" available in multiple languages? Even in Dutch?
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Pandemic on the Brink expansion in different language than the main game

I have original Pandemic in my local language (Greek). I want to buy Pandemic on the Brink but i cant find it in Greek. I don't mind having mixed languages, but is there any other kind of problem ...