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Can a disease be eradicated at the beginning of the game?

No, a disease with no cubes at the beginning of the game is not eradicated. For a disease to be eradicated, it must be cured in addition to there being no cubes left of its color. At the beginning of ...
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In Pandemic, at the end of your turn can you discard even when you have fewer than 7 cards, so the Archivist can pick up that card on his next turn?

No, discarding is not one of your choices of actions, and the discarding to hand limit is very specifically only for when you have too many cards. If you want to discard a specific card like this, ...
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In Pandemic, can the Containment Specialist remove more than 1 cube (without the action of treating) in a cured city?

The key verb here is treat. From the game base rules (emphasis mine): Treat Disease: Remove 1 disease cube from the city you are in, placing it in the cube supply next to the board. If this ...
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Isn't secrecy quite pointless for Bio-terrorist?

To answer the question in the title: No. Without secrecy, it would be trivial for the BT to be caught, making them mostly ineffective. Even a little bit of doubt as to where the BT is will often be ...
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In Pandemic, can the Containment Specialist remove more than 1 cube (without the action of treating) in a cured city?

CONTAINMENT SPECIALIST When you enter a city with 2 or more disease cubes of the same color, remove 1 of them. Upon entering the city with two or more cubes of the same color, the Containment ...
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Do I need On The Brink to play In The Lab?

Yes, it's correct, in that to use everything in the box, you absolutely need the base set and On the Brink. There are things in there that directly add on to things from On the Brink, and would be ...
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When exactly does the black pawn gets placed on the board?

Yes, as soon as the player moves through the city you are in, you should interrupt them and inform them that you are in that city. They then have the option of continuing with their original plan, or ...
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Bio-terrorist Tactics / Strategy

Where to start: I like to start in the hottest area so I can infect as many cities that are already infected with another color as soon as possible. This way you get the infection deck working for ...
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How does infect step of epidemic interact with mutation?

This situation should never occur. The mutation cards are put into the Infection Discard Pile at the beginning of the game. So they aren't even in the deck until after the first Epidemic, and at ...
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Pandemic on the Brink expansion in different language than the main game

If all the players know the expansion language well, there will be no problems. Otherwise you may need a reference, paste-ups, or some other solution. There should be no gameplay differences* ...
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Do players reveal their sort order for Forecast?

With the forecast event you can chose to discuss or not discuss the what the cards where that you drew and what order you put them back in. However if you do discuss any of that information you can't ...
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Pandemic Special Orders

See also this other question, although it is a distinct question so no need to merge. The Special orders card says "Play at any time." which seems pretty clear to me. Whoever has the event card can ...
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How does infect step of epidemic interact with mutation?

--putting this here as a potential template for bwarner's answer to reduce required effort on his part. I encourage bwarner to simply copy/paste my answer or reuse the image file/transcription so I ...
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In Pandemic: on the brink, can I remove multiple bioterrorist cubes at once for a cured strain?

You need 2 actions, 1 per color. The ability to treat a cured disease is described in the original rules, under the list of actions you can perform: Remove 1 disease cube from the city you are in, ...
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Is the pandemic + on the brink expansion easier than the standard game? (no challenges)

With a game like pandemic it is hard to say in this case if it is easier or harder by just adding in the basic parts of the On the Brink expansion. A lot of the games difficulty depends on the ...
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