Pandemic

Designer Matt Leacock

Artwork: Chris Quiliams

Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out.  Players must work together, playing to their characters’ strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. But the diseases are breaking out fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures.  A truly cooperative game where everyone either wins together or loses together.


Game Information

  • Player Count:  2-4 players - Includes special rules for 2 players games.
  • Play Time:  45 Minutes
  • Ages 13+
  • Complexity of Rules: Medium
  • Setup Time:  Medium
  • Replay Value: Medium/High - The randomized spread of diseases and the variety of player specialists make the game play out differently each time.
  • Direct Conflict:  None

 

How It Plays

  • Game Mechanics:  This is a cooperative, set collection, action point allocation game.   Infection cards are drawn to spread diseases across the map.  Players use use their hand of cards along with 4 actions each turn to move about the map to treat and cure diseases.   
  • Turn Summary: 
    1. Take 4 of the following actions - Each action may be done multiple times.
      • Move to a connected city
      • Discard a card to move to that city.
      • Discard a card from the city you are in to move to any other city.
      • Move from one research station to another.
      • Build a Research Station - Discard the city card that matches the city you are in and place a research station in that city.
      • Treat Disease - Remove 1 disease cube from the city you are in.
      • Share Knowledge - Give or Take a city card from a player who is in the same city as you.  The card must mach the city you are in.
      • Discover a cure - Discard 5 matching color city cards to cure that color disease.
    2. Draw 2 cards from the player deck - If an epidemic card is drawn, the disease spreads using the epidemic rules.  Outbreaks may occur (more than 3 disease cubes of a single color in a city.)   Discard down to 7 cards.
    3.   Draw the number of infection cards shown on the infection rate track and infect those cities with a disease cube.  Outbreaks may occur (more than 3 disease cubes of a single color in a city.)
  • End Game/Victory:  If cures are found for the 4 diseases, the players win.  There are 3 ways players can lose the game:
    • If the outbreaks marker reaches the last space of the outbreak track
    • If you are unable to place the number of disease cubes actually needed on the board
    • If a player cannot draw 2 player cards after doing their actions.

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Publisher: Z-Man Games


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