Pandemic (2007)

Average Rating: 7.67/10
Board Game Rank: 43
Strategy Game Rank: 48
Family Game Rank: 4
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Pandemic: The Board Game

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$6.99

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Artist
Publisher
Year Published
2007
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
(877 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
(255 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
(258 voters) [poll]
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Family
Primary Name
Pandemic
Alternate Names
Pandemia
Pandemia: Una Nuova Sfida
Pandémie
Pandemie
Πανδημία
Пандемия
パンデミック
パンデミック:新たなる試練
瘟疫危機 (瘟疫危机)
팬데믹
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In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.

The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth. On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. A deck of cards provides the players with these abilities, but sprinkled throughout this deck are Epidemic! cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases' activity. A second, separate deck of cards controls the "normal" spread of the infections.

Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists' strengths in order to conquer the diseases. For example, the Operations Expert can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases and which allow for greater mobility between cities; the Scientist needs only four cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal five—but the diseases are spreading quickly and time is running out. If one or more diseases spreads beyond recovery or if too much time elapses, the players all lose. If they cure the four diseases, they all win!

The 2013 edition of Pandemic includes two new characters—the Contingency Planner and the Quarantine Specialist—not available in earlier editions of the game.

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More Information Edit | History

Misprinted Boards In some copies of the 2013 edition, the board contains a misprint where the link between Lagos and São Paulo is missing. Z-Man Games will replace the misprinted board with a correct copy. More information: Printing error in some copies of the new edition

Awards

2011: Ludoteca Ideale (Italy)
2010: Australian Games Association Game of the Year Winner
2009: BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Family Game Winner
2009: Gouden Ludo, Winner
2009: Nederlandse Spellen Prijs, Nominated
2009: Boardgames Australia Awards Winner, Best International Game
2009: Spiel des Jahres Nominated
2009: Golden Ace Nominated
2008: Origins Awards, Board Game of the Year, Winner
2008: JoTa, Best Cooperative Game, Winner
2008: Games 100 Best Family Game
2008: Meeples Choice Award, Game of the Year, Winner
2008: BoardGamer.ru Recommendation
2008: International Gamers Award Multi-Player Nominee
2008: Tric Trac d'or (France), Game of the Year, Tric Trac d'argent (2nd place)
2008: BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Family Game Finalist

Components

  • 1 8-Page Colour Rulebook
  • 1 Folding single-side Gameboard
  • 7 Role Cards
  • 5 (wooden) Pawns (one colour for each role)
  • 6 (wooden) Research Stations
  • 96 (wooden) Disease Cubes (24 for each colour disease - black, blue, red, yellow)
  • 6 Markers
    • 1 Infection Rate Marker
    • 1 Outbreaks Marker
    • 4 Cure Markers with "Vial" and "Sunset" sides (one for each colour disease)
  • 59 Player Cards
    • 48 City Cards
    • 6 Epidemic Cards
    • 5 Special Event Cards
  • 48 Infection Cards
  • 4 Reference Cards

Card Sleeves

Pandemic uses Standard Card Game sleeves. The following sleeves have been tested and found to fit:

  • Ultra-Pro, Standard Pro-Fit (64mm x 89mm; recommended for a snug fit)
  • Fantasy Flight Supply, Grey Series: Standard Card Game (63.5mm x 88mm)

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Offline Play

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I have 2 of the same card but am missing another card!
A: Allegedly during collation of the decks, some of the cards were duplicated or missed. You should have 1 for each city in the Infector deck (48 total) and 1 for each city in the Player deck (48 total). There should also be 6 identical Epidemic cards, 5 distinct Role Cards, 5 distinct Special Event cards, and the 4 Reference cards for a total of 116 cards. If you are missing any cards, contact Z-Man games and they will replace them.

Q: Why is the start city Atlanta?
A: Atlanta is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Q: Can you pass cards when it is not your turn?
A: The active player may spend one action point to give -or- take a city card. Standard passing rules still apply.

Q: Can Special Event Cards really be played at "any" time?
A: (Quoted from game designer Matt Leacock) You can play the cards at any time, however, you can't play them between an event and the representation of the event on the board. Some scenarios may help explain this:

Scenario 1:
Player #1 has a Special Event card for "Resilient Population." During the draw, an Epidemic card is drawn. Since an Epidemic card was drawn, player #1 decides to play their Special Event card to remove a city from the infection discard pile before they are reshuffled. This is legal because the card explicitly states it can be played at this time.
Scenario 2:
A player may use the Forecast card to rearrange the cards on the top of the infection deck before they're drawn - but once a card is drawn, the player can't rearrange the cards.
Scenario 3:
The Red disease has been cured. A player draws the Taipei card which results in the 8th Outbreak. Since no time elapses between the drawing of the Taipei card (resulting in the infection) and the placing of the cubes (representing the infection), the players lose the game. It's not OK to Airlift the medic over to Taipei to cure because the cubes have already been added and the game has already been lost.

Q: Can this game be played with 1 or 5 players? The rules imply I might use all 5 role cards.
A: The game was designed for 2 to 4 players. The comment in the rulebook was a carry over from when the game only had 4 Roles. It was not caught before the rulebook was published. However, you may attempt to play with 1 or 5 players and report your findings in the threads.

Q: Our first game was easy! Are we doing something wrong?
A: Probably. But the game is easier with fewer players and/or fewer Epidemics in the deck. You may also visit this thread to see if you missed something: Common mistakes.

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Brazilian first edition
Publisher: Devir
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2015
Size: 12.00 x 8.70 x 1.65 inches
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Release Date: Apr 1, 2015
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Hungarian edition
Publisher: Gém Klub Kft.
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2014
Size: 12.00 x 8.70 x 1.65 inches
4.89 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 9, 2014
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Czech second edition
Publisher: Albi
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2014
Size: 12.00 x 8.70 x 1.65 inches
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Publisher: Z-Man Games
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2013
Product Code: ZMG 71100
Size: 12.00 x 8.70 x 1.65 inches
4.89 pounds
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Release Date: Feb 2013
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Publisher: Filosofia Édition
Artist: Chris Quilliams
Year: 2013
Size: 12.00 x 8.70 x 1.65 inches
4.89 pounds
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Release Date: Mar 30, 2013
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