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Old 11-30-2016, 10:43 AM
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Uh... you should do that.
We did it right after the end of the game, and then went "Nope, wouldn't have changed our strategy". The Quarantine 7 Faded Cities objective is a mug's game anyway. I don't think we've ever bothered to complete it.
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Old 12-10-2016, 08:10 PM
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And we're done.

560 points, lost both in November and won first in December. Didn't use the nuke, didn't need Team Bravo, did use Box 8. C0D4 blue was 100% hard mode, but we worked around the final search through clever use of the Operations Expert and the Dispatcher. The Generalist was pretty impressive, but the Operations Expert and the Quarabtine Specialist were our star players. The OE ability to get basically anywhere was invaluable, as was the QE ability to just shut down an arbitrary city.

I think it's a fantastic game. There's lots of cleverly integrated feedback loops, well-integrated narrative devices, and clever decision making.
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Old 02-05-2017, 02:39 PM
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We just started playing our copy, and it's not been going well. Three games in, three games lost. I've been keeping my strategic thoughts mostly to just my characters, because I know how much Pandemic can be dominated by a single player. The last game we got one disease eradicated, but forgot to keep CoDY in quarantine, and black ran out of cubes.

We'll see if we get through February without a win and get to open up the gimme some help bin.

Question: There was a win bonus card that gives you something if you win in January, but it says destroy this card only at the end of February. Is there some method that would allow this card to be used even if you lost in January?
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Old 02-05-2017, 03:01 PM
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Re: John's question - no; it's merely telling you the bonus would only be useful in February
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Old 02-05-2017, 07:13 PM
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Thanks for the info. It'll get torn up at the end of the next game, even though some of our players really want to scratch it off. (I will look up online what it says afterwards if they really want to know).

I don't mind that we're losing. I'm playing with casual players, and each game we're getting better. It's telling a good story, and even if the world ends up ravage by disease, we put up a good fight.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:11 AM
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It's also worth noting that while the funded events mechanic tends to balance it out a little bit, Pandemic Legacy's default difficulty is a notch harder than the "normal" difficulty in Pandemic. It may be worth taking a break from Legacy and playing a couple games of regular Pandemic to get a feel for the flow of the game; while there's a lot of differences, the fundamentals remain the same.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:25 AM
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It's also worth noting that while the funded events mechanic tends to balance it out a little bit, Pandemic Legacy's default difficulty is a notch harder than the "normal" difficulty in Pandemic.
I don't know -- strictly rules as written, I'd argue Legacy starts out easier than vanilla. You can select your roles and events, though depending on your player count and the expansions included, it might be fewer events than normal.

But the point stands: if you're failing the early game repeatedly, you might want to practice a bit. The game mostly just gets harder.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:07 PM
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I just need to be more vocal (and tactful) on advice when I see someone doing something less than stellar, it's just tough when it's your wife.

Honey, I know you really want that Co-Worker relationship sticker to go on your character, but it would do no good for the Quarantine Specialist. Put it on the Researcher and Scientist. Ah great, it's already on your sheet, and the Medic. Why don't you spend the game farming cards to give to the Medic of all people. Oh, and while you're farming, the super virus goes out of control because you didn't Quarantine hardly anything. And you Medic, when you were trying to run to cities to grab cards, all those other cities went untreated, because you didn't do your job either.

Our game would be forever stuck at February. My wife has expressed interest in getting a second copy to play with the in-laws, so there may be hope for a parallel universe to survive.
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I just need to be more vocal (and tactful) on advice when I see someone doing something less than stellar, it's just tough when it's your wife.

Honey, I know you really want that Co-Worker relationship sticker to go on your character, but it would do no good for the Quarantine Specialist. Put it on the Researcher and Scientist. Ah great, it's already on your sheet, and the Medic. Why don't you spend the game farming cards to give to the Medic of all people. Oh, and while you're farming, the super virus goes out of control because you didn't Quarantine hardly anything. And you Medic, when you were trying to run to cities to grab cards, all those other cities went untreated, because you didn't do your job either.

Our game would be forever stuck at February. My wife has expressed interest in getting a second copy to play with the in-laws, so there may be hope for a parallel universe to survive.

One of the problems with co-op games is that a knowledgeable person can play for everyone. It's a tough line to walk.
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:24 AM
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Pandemic Season 2 is coming out Q3 of 2017
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:57 AM
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This looks awesome. Discover the world? Is this Pandemic: Seafall??
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:05 AM
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Our couple for Red Team has been pretty flaky, so we bought a Blue season and recruited a couple new players. Lost early January, but won Late Jan and February. We had Epidemics in the first turns on both January games, which made it a bit tougher from the outset, but after we remembered the Dispatcher's ability to bring people together we persevered. We've eradicated two diseases so far and started mutating them, and have starting research stations in good locations. I tried to argue to an unfunded event, but the team wasn't convinced of their worth yet. Once we get less and less of the funded events, their opinions may change.
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:06 AM
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We had a few questions come up that I think we resolved correctly, but it's always good to doublecheck.

1. Can you review the Infection Discard Pile at any time, or just the top card? We played it as you can look at everything since it's all "known" information, but it kinda felt like cheating.

2. The Researcher can pass any card when sharing knowledge. I interpreted "pass" to mean outbound from the Researcher, not for the researcher to receive a card (give, not take). My wife thought "pass" meant the whole Share Knowledge action, so she could both give or take any card (from anywhere if she was acting with the Coworker relationship). The table agreed on my definition.

3. The applying of relationships was a little confusing. The rules read you only apply a relationship the first time a character is used (i.e. When you name them). In our case, the only new character we played with that round was the Quarantine Specialist. By that logic, she would've been the only one to get a relationship, which I guess makes thematic sense. We just applied all the first block of relationships as we chose characters, which probably made it a bit too easy, what with the Co-worker Scientist/Researcher combo. In the future as new characters come up we can switch to the "first time named, grab a relationship" if that's truly what is supposed to happen.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:08 PM
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1. I'm not aware of any stance in the rulebook on the topic. Tracking the infection discard pile is invaluable for managing epidemics.

2. Reread the Researcher's text. I'm pretty sure it explicitly says she can only give any card when she takes Share Knowledge, and from Google Image Search I think it also says other players can take any card when they Share Knowledge on their turn. The ability never works for cards going to the Researcher, only from.

3. It's been a while but my memory is that the relationship rules say you can add a relationship between a character being created (played for the first time) and an existing character. So existing characters can't have relationships between each other added.
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