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Hi, I apologise if this question has already been asked somewhere. I looked but couldn't find a post on it quickly.

I would like to start up Pandemic Legacy with my wife, but she has never played Pandemic before. I own the original Pandemic as well (the old version of regular Pandemic) so I'm wondering if I should get her to play on that before we start the Legacy version?

However, I'd like to teach her the mechanisms of the game on the new board and with the new cards etc. if possible. Is that something I can do before we start doing whatever the Legacy style things are?

Has anyone done this? Can you spare a moment to describe if you think that was the best way to proceed? Or should I just jump in the deep end and go full Legacy mode with her for her first game?
 
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Yes, you can. In fact, the rules recommend to do this for people not familiar with Pandemic.
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My group had played Pandemic before, but had not played recently. We played three non-Legacy games as a warm up.

We were amazed at how much our attitudes changed and how much the tension ramped up when we started our first Legacy game. We just finished February, and cannot wait to jump in again.
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Ah, so they do. That's handy!

So has anyone done this? Do people think it's a good idea? If you had the choice would you use the old Pandemic to teach a standard game first or use the Legacy board and pieces for a learning game instead?
 
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Hunter Hawk wrote:
My group had played Pandemic before, but had not played recently. We played three non-Legacy games as a warm up.

We were amazed at how much our attitudes changed and how much the tension ramped up when we started our first Legacy game. We just finished February, and cannot wait to jump in again.


Cool
 
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If you're planning on teaching Pandemic so that you can play Pandemic Legacy, definitely use Pandemic Legacy. There are some minor rules differences (e.g. when you choose roles), so using the Pandemic Legacy rules will avoid needing to re-learn those rules.
 
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If you already have a copy of Pandemic handy then by all means use it to teach the game but I wouldn't recomend getting a copy just to do so.

Chances are you'll peek your players' curiosity when you break out the Legacy board for the first time. I had players curse out loud as they first saw it. There was a lot of "does that mean what I think it means" and "this isn't going to end well" comments.

But with that said I would use the warm up rules from Legacy's rulebook.
 
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Yeah, I was just going to either:

a) Use my original Pandemic.
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b) Use the Pandemic Legacy board and bits to play by the rules I already know from original Pandemic.

Will b) work out?
 
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Laerfan wrote:
Yeah, I was just going to either:

a) Use my original Pandemic.
or
b) Use the Pandemic Legacy board and bits to play by the rules I already know from original Pandemic.

Will b) work out?


You'd better use:
c)The Pandemic Legacy board and bits with the basic Pandemic Legacy rules.

The Pandemic Legacy rulebook explains to you how to play basic Pandemic (you just have to skip some sections of the rules), so this will be the perfect introduction.
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I play pandemic legacy with my wife although she never played pandemic before. We see no need in doing normal pandemic first, the game is not so difficult and the pandemic version is so much more 'narrative' that we do not see any reason in going through pandamic before the legacy. So maybe you do ruin your first game, and that will impact later games. Isn't that the whole idea?
 
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Itai wrote:
Yes, you can. In fact, the rules recommend to do this for people not familiar with Pandemic.


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Ah, nice to see this thread. I was going to use my vanilla Pandemic set to teach the noobs before PL but now I see I can just use that instead.

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So I cracked open my copy of Pandemic Legacy and I'm pretty sure that after looking at it, I'll use it to play a "vanilla" game of Pandemic with the new board and stuff (seems to be very few changes at the start anyway) and then from there jump in to January Game 1 (which I assume is very like vanilla Pandemic to start with.)

Thanks for all the insightful responses guys.
 
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For people that have tried playing the "warm-up" version, how do you consider the difficulty? I've been playing solo with 3 characters, no funding, 5 epidemics, cure all four diseases to win.

Now, I'm not a Pandemic veteran, but it feels super difficult to me. I'm 0/5 so far. I'm not complaining. I love the difficulty. I just want to make sure I'm not getting a rule wrong that is making it more difficult.

Thanks!
 
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Base Pandemic you should use all the funding cards. Actually 2 per player.
 
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Base Pandemic you should use all the funding cards. Actually 2 per player.

Not true.

"Real" base Pandemic only has five special event cards. Correspondingly, when playing Pandemic Legacy in non-legacy mode, you use a funding level of five.
 
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Zeromus wrote:
For people that have tried playing the "warm-up" version, how do you consider the difficulty? I've been playing solo with 3 characters, no funding, 5 epidemics, cure all four diseases to win.

Now, I'm not a Pandemic veteran, but it feels super difficult to me. I'm 0/5 so far. I'm not complaining. I love the difficulty. I just want to make sure I'm not getting a rule wrong that is making it more difficult.

Thanks!


Are you playing correctly? For the first few games of regular Pandemic I thought you needed a research station in the region of the colour you wanted to cure. That made it seem really hard! When I found out you can cure all diseases at any station it really helped!
 
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