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Siegfried Steurer
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Bought this at Essen and wanting to try it, we cannot find any mention of the arrows on the map (like Toledo has a black arrow pointing East) in the rulebook. Any ideas what they do? Are they relevant for the base game/two modules described or stuff for further expansions?
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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Gibmaatsuki wrote:
Bought this at Essen and wanting to try it, we cannot find any mention of the arrows on the map (like Toledo has a black arrow pointing East) in the rulebook. Any ideas what they do? Are they relevant for the base game/two modules described or stuff for further expansions?


Apparently it indicates where that city actually is geographically. Poor graphic design IMHO. Other Pandemic versions accomplished this without arrows, in a more intuitive fashion.

Some discussion on it here:

Egregious errors in place names: too late for Zman to correct them?
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JohnnyDollar wrote:
Gibmaatsuki wrote:
Bought this at Essen and wanting to try it, we cannot find any mention of the arrows on the map (like Toledo has a black arrow pointing East) in the rulebook. Any ideas what they do? Are they relevant for the base game/two modules described or stuff for further expansions?


Apparently it indicates where that city actually is geographically. Poor graphic design IMHO. Other Pandemic versions accomplished this without arrows, in a more intuitive fashion.

Some discussion on it here:

Egregious errors in place names: too late for Zman to correct them?


Thank you. One sentence in the rules ("not relevant for gameplay") would have helped ...
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we had the same issues at the first game ... the rules should clarify this.
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Ah. Perfect. Thanks. We sat for the entire game guessing and reading every d**n word in the rules looking for the meaning. (Perhaps it was a clever trick in that regard: "let's put some random arrows on the board...it'll drive 'Em crazy looking for it in the rules book.")
 
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Ah. Perfect. Thanks. We sat for the entire game guessing and reading every d**n word in the rules looking for the meaning. (Perhaps it was a clever trick in that regard: "let's put some random arrows on the board...it'll drive 'Em crazy looking for it in the rules book.")




Humans have an instinctive attraction and compulsion towards arrows for some reason. I read an interview with someone who works for one of those "click-bait" sites there they show misleading headlines/photos to just get you to their site... he said whenever a photo has an arrow or a circle drawn on top of it (and pointing to nothing in particular), the click-through rate goes through the roof vs when the arrow isn't there.
 
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I never really saw this to be an issue in the game, since other Pandemic games had lines pointing to their correct location. But, I played it recently with some new people (not new to pandemic though) and they asked what those arrows meant. I think the biggest culprit regarding the arrows is the 3(4?) blue city arrows all in a line on the left of the map, all pointing in the same direction, that kind of makes you think it means something else than what it is.

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"I hate arrows. They try to tell me which direction to go. It's like 'I ain't going that way, line with two thirds of a triangle on the end!'"
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