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Panos Salteas
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Hello,

I can't seem to find an absolute answer for this. Is it possible to play Pandemic Legace: Season 1 with hidden hands?

In regular Pandemic I find that playing with open hands makes the game too easy.
 
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Simon C
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There's no reason you can't in the base rules. You can either start like that and adjust play if something comes up during the campaign that prevents it, or if you don't mind a minor bit of information (namely, whether anything will come up) then click the spoiler below:

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Nothing changes this throughout. Hidden hands are fine.
 
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Adam Hostetler
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What's the official rule? I thought it WAS hidden hands, but you can discuss what you have. That's how we play all versions.
 
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I don't understand the need ... why go to the bother of constantly communicating what you have? It's not like Dead of Winter where there'd be some value in hiding your hand.
 
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slydog75 wrote:
What's the official rule? I thought it WAS hidden hands, but you can discuss what you have. That's how we play all versions.


In Pandemic Legacy, the official rule (page 6) is that cards are face up at all times (the opposite of Pandemic).
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slydog75 wrote:
What's the official rule? I thought it WAS hidden hands, but you can discuss what you have. That's how we play all versions.


DaveSumm wrote:
I don't understand the need ... why go to the bother of constantly communicating what you have? It's not like Dead of Winter where there'd be some value in hiding your hand.


Pretty much this. My group has generally played with faceup hands, taking it as just being a really efficient way of discussing what you have when there's no reason to keep stuff hidden. Though if there's a reason to keep stuff hidden -for example, if there's a Bioterrorist in play- then we pick our hands up.
 
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Justin V

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DaveD wrote:
slydog75 wrote:
What's the official rule? I thought it WAS hidden hands, but you can discuss what you have. That's how we play all versions.


In Pandemic Legacy, the official rule (page 6) is that cards are face up at all times (the opposite of Pandemic).


And to clarify just a bit further, the most current ruleset for base Pandemic says open hands for the Introductory (4 Epidemics) game and then closed hands for Standard or Heroic (5 and 6 respectively).
 
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DaveSumm wrote:
I don't understand the need ... why go to the bother of constantly communicating what you have? It's not like Dead of Winter where there'd be some value in hiding your hand.

It adds a minor layer of difficulty, and helps combat alpha player syndrome...as that player MUST discuss their thoughts out loud in order to glean information from other players.

We played with closed hands. Minor vague spoiler
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There is one rule that comes up later which requires changing something on the board if you draw specific cards. Playing open-handed means everyone notices, playing closed-handed, means it's a good idea to check with each player after their turn "did you draw X?" This may be annoying to some people.
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Bryan C
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Probably would depend on the group. When my brother and I play together, we play open hands because we're a pretty good team and each do a good job of strategizing what the other player should do without being all alpha. And we both do it, which evens out.

There's some people I know, I'd probably have all of us hide the cards.
 
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