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In Pandemic, why take the extra step of eradicating a disease after you've cured it?

Eradicating a disease relieves pressure on the game board. Those infection cards that correspond to the eradicated disease remain in the deck, and continue to get drawn but have no effect other than ...
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Can you eradicate a disease without finding a Cure first?

From the rules, page 4, when describing the Discover a Cure action: At any research station, discard 5 City cards of the same color from your hand to cure the disease of that color. Move the ...
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Is this a win or loss?

You won. The rules state that in order to win, you must discover the cure to all 4 diseases. The moment you discover the 4th cure, the game ends and you win. From the rules: The players win as ...
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In Pandemic, can yellow infect black, after black has been eradicated?

Yes. Eradication affects the color of cubes, not the color of cities. The color of the cities tells you what color is on the corresponding infection and player cards, so cities will certainly tend to ...
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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?

Yes, according to Matt Leacock (one of the game's designers) on a BGG thread for Pandemic Legacy Season 1, the disease is eradicated. The medic's ability is immediate, so the cubes are cured and the ...
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Does the Medic need to wait until their next turn to remove cubes when another player researches a cure?

The blue cubes in Paris are removed immediately: From the Rules (Classic Pandemic p.5), emphasis mine: The Medic removes all cubes, not 1, of the same color when doing the Treat Disease action. If ...
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Medic abilities

No, you can't remove every cube of the same colour from any location as the Medic - it is only all cubes of the same colour on the same location. The rulebook (page 5 under the Treat Disease action) ...
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Pandemic's difficulty seems to rest on the placement of the first epidemic card in the deck

According to the official instructions (page 3), the player deck is prepared by first splitting it into multiple piles of roughly-equal size (one pile per Epidemic card) and shuffling exactly one ...
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Are the (player) cards in your hand supposed to be face up or not?

Both ways are correct and dependent on who is playing the game and what their skill and preferences are: When players are getting used to the game they are encouraged to play with their hands face-up ...
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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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Is there an extension that converts regular Pandemic to Pandemic Legacy: Season 1?

There is no expansion to convert Pandemic into Pandemic Legacy. Firstly, the board is not the same anyway. It has a month track that doesn't exist on the non-Legacy board, as well as printed places ...
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Does the Medic remove all cubes of cured diseases from the cities he travels through?

All of the cubes. This is not an action. The Medic may remove all the cubes of a single color (instead of 1) when performing the Treat Disease action. Also, if the Medic at any time finds ...
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Number of Pandemic players?

When the game is started the roles are shuffled together and each player is dealt a random role. Having more roles then players allows for some greater variations in the game as you will not always ...
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Can Pandemic Legacy be played as "vanilla" Pandemic?

In fact, the Legacy rules themselves suggest playing a few games if you aren't familiar with Pandemic. IF YOU'VE NEVER PLAYED PANDEMIC... We recommend that you play a few games without any of the ...
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pandemic - can a city outbreak more than once per infect city turn?

Yes, the second card will cause a chain reaction. In a case like this you would have three total outbreaks happen. First one from the first card drawn, Baghdad. Then two more from the second card ...
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Can you play an instant (airlift) to move quarantine specialist prevent infection after the infection card has been drawn?

That is against the rules. You must resolve each card fully before you can do anything else, so if you draw a card that causes an outbreak, you must first perform all of its steps. After you resolve ...
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Who goes first in Pandemic?

The most recent Pandemic rules now read: The players look at the City cards they have in their hand. The player with the highest City population goes first.
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How do I mitigate 'alpha playing' in Pandemic?

Of course this can happen, but the expectation is that all the players help contribute to finding solutions to the current problems. While you might see one path, someone else might see another, that ...
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Can Pandemic Legacy be played as "vanilla" Pandemic?

Yes, you could play something very similar to vanilla Pandemic using just the base game components and ignoring all the Legacy elements. The board is slightly different, but you probably won't even ...
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Different color cubes in one city

An outbreak only occurs due to cubes of a single color: If the city already has 3 cubes of this color, do not place a 4th cube. Instead, an outbreak of this disease occurs in the city (see ...
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Can I begin a turn when there is only 1 card remaining in the player deck?

The game ends when you have to draw cards and there are not enough. If, as you are about to draw, there are fewer than 2 cards left in the Player Deck, the game ends and your team has lost! (Do not ...
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Making the Contingency Planner more useful

I assume that your gaming group typically plays with 4 players. I have found the contingency planner to be much worse with 4 players than with 2. I agree that the contingency planner is the worst ...
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Can you eradicate a disease without finding a Cure first?

The disease can still come back. Eradication is only something that can happen after the cure is discovered. Before that, it isn't eradication, it is just not having any cubes of that color at this ...
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Making the Contingency Planner more useful

This role is one that will not always have the same level of power as others but depending on how the game goes it can easily be the most powerful role in the game. While some of the event cards may ...
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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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Is it advisable to play Legacy without having played Pandemic before?

Go for it and have fun! The Pandemic Legacy rulebook covers this contingency on page 3, telling you what sections of the rules to use to play a "vanilla" Pandemic game and advises you to play that ...
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Does the Quarantine Specialist prevent Epidemic in connected cities?

Yes, she cancels the placement of any disease cubes on a city she is in and connected cities. Note that this does not "prevent the Epidemic"... when an epidemic card is drawn, you still fully deal ...
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How do you eradicate a disease?

You must first discover the cure before you can eradicate a disease. Otherwise, some diseases could begin the game eradicated. From the rulebook, page 4: Treat Disease If the last cube of a cured ...
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What are good general strategies for Pandemic?

Count cards ;-) Less metaphorically: while trying to get better, focus on what micro-optimizations you can do. While playing to win, have micro-optimizations in mind, but always keep your eyes on the ...
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Number of Pandemic players?

After you play the game a number of times, you'll notice that the combination of roles affects the flow of the game. The 5th role increases replay value and prevents the game from becoming too ...

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