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Derek Whaley
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After a lot of tinkering, I present the two new role cards in the old Pandemic style for distribution and fun. Even the people at Z-Man seem to support porting these to the old style for people who already own the game and expansion and don't want compatibility packs. Meh.

I've added two expansion icons to show that these are from the "New" Pandemic rather than the generic old version. Unlike the other versions that I and others have circulated, the pawn icons used in these cards are the actual icons from the new cards, with the color matched throughout. The images have not been changed in any way from the new cards, either. If/when higher resolution versions of the new cards are released, I'll probably do a final update to these cards to replace that graphic and the pawn icon. In any case, enjoy.


Contingency Planner


Quarantine Specialist



Edit: As an aside, does anyone have a high-resolution version of the Role Card back? That will probably be relevant about now.
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Which size do you think I print to fit on the two blank role cards I have to sleeve them up and try them?
 
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Great work, but too bad both roles are totally lame!
 
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jaxommm wrote:
Great work, but too bad both roles are totally lame!


I completely disagree. Plant the Quarantine Specialist in a city with a lot of outlets and you are protected. Contingency Planner is great for getting cards back that are highly desirable. There are much worse cards than these in On the Brink.
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Whaleyland wrote:
Even the people at Z-Man seem to support porting these to the old style for people who already own the game and expansion and don't want compatibility packs. Meh


Really-->if they supported going to the old style wouldnt that mean they would have done this themselves.
Its not cool what has happened but it really is upto the individual if they want to buy the compatability pack.

That aside, I think your cards are well designed. I like the little insignia at the bottom and the better resolution pawn icons

 
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Well they didn't "support" them, but they said people are free to print the fan versions if they aren't planning to buy/upgrade/compatabilitize to the new version.
 
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Whaleyland wrote:

Edit: As an aside, does anyone have a high-resolution version of the Role Card back? That will probably be relevant about now.


Here's a thread for a custom variant deck that includes 20 roles, maybe there is something in the thread or the OP has that you can use: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/459146/pandemic-end-day-cust...
 
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Thanks ciggie. I just checked and they don't use Role card-backs, unfortunately. Good find all the same, though. I think I may just custom-make the back. It doesn't look like it would be too difficult on Photoshop.

I have a new idea, though! Since the new role cards won't have matching pawns unless you buy the new edition or they are included with compatibility pack #1, how about I make these two cards in all of the colors? That way, you can always just choose the color you want. And, just for fun, let's do the same thing with all the roles!

My plan is to adapt the 14 new role graphics and language to the old style card format, and then provide twelve different colors for each Role (plus the two actual card colors above for the new roles). That means I will be making 168 different role cards + the two new roles (above). Players will be able to randomly choose a role of their choice and they will all match because they are all going to be custom printed. Even better, the players can then choose the pawn color of their choice, matching the pawn to that version of the role they just picked.

So, what do people think?
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Your cards look great!

See http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/16272/developers-diary-pan... where Tom Lehman says: "...we also moved the revised version of the Operations Expert (from On the Brink) into the Pandemic base game."

Will you please also make an old skool Operations Expert role card?
 
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Will you please also make an old skool Operations Expert role card?

I don't think the power changed from the old printing of On the Brink to the new printing of the base game. The wording is different, though.

Version 1.0 (old base game)
- You may build a research station in your pawn's current city for one action.

Version 2.0 (On the Brink)
- You may build a research station in your pawn's current city for one action.
- Once per turn, for an action, while your pawn is at a research station, you may discard any city card to move to any city.

Version 3.0 (new base game)
- As an action, build a research station in the city you are in (no discard needed).
- Once per turn as an action, move from a research station to any city by discarding any City card.
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For the Operations Expert, we can still just use the one from the old On the Brink.

The Epidemiologist changed though. Her ability doesn't require an action anymore. It would be nice to have an old art style of that one.
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I'll try to roll out old versions of the new role cards. I'll do one each with the new image (despite grievances) and text so that a whole new set of cards can be printed, if desired. I also am making the two new roles in six colors – the color it officially appears as, and in the color of the other five base roles. That way, you can choose the new role and have a pawn to match it. Sound good?
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Sounds GREAT
 
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Here's an update and some images: I had to completely rework the original Photoshop art file because the bottom of the card was rather screwed up. I also had to pull of the photo completely to make it easier and more consistent to update and change the cards. Now I can make these things pretty quickly.

Just to prove it, here are six different versions of Quarantine Specialist in its own color and the other five basic game colors:








Also, here are the new versions of Dispatcher and Operations Expert. Note, there are no icons on these cards at the bottom just like the originals. I also need to add a slight gap between the two roles on the OpsExpert. I forgot when I was doing that card.

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Looking good! thumbsup
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And the Researcher:



Edit: And the Scientist and Medic:




That's all the basic cards. I still need to redo the Contingency Planner then I am done with the basic game. I'll try to do the On the Brink cards next week.
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Here are the rest of them. First, the Contingency Planner:








And the On the Brink cards:









I'll try to get a new cardback to match all these cards, unless someone can provide a high-resolution version of the cardback. Once that is done, I'll upload a scaled PDF of all the cards so people can print them out. The set is meant to be used as a replacement set of Role Cards for use with both the base game and the On the Brink expansion. I plan to continue to make these when the next expansion comes out, assuming the new expansion includes more roles that don't require the expansion components (i.e., stand-alone roles).
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Beautiful job!

But you could you correct the Quarantine Specialist? You've omitted the word "cities" from the text.
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It'll be corrected on the printed copied. I just discovered that mistake after I uploaded all of these. There are a few other little corrections as well that I've made.
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Whaleyland wrote:
jaxommm wrote:
Great work, but too bad both roles are totally lame!


I completely disagree. Plant the Quarantine Specialist in a city with a lot of outlets and you are protected. Contingency Planner is great for getting cards back that are highly desirable. There are much worse cards than these in On the Brink.




I like my co-ops to be challenging! These roles don't contribute to that at all! They are a shortcut to thinking.
 
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Whaleyland wrote:
It'll be corrected on the printed copied. I just discovered that mistake after I uploaded all of these. There are a few other little corrections as well that I've made.


Great job! These + Sleeves = Awesome. You've probably spotted it, but there is a small typo on the OpEx - "built a research station"
 
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Whaleyland wrote:
It'll be corrected on the printed copied. I just discovered that mistake after I uploaded all of these. There are a few other little corrections as well that I've made.

Thanks Derek!

If in the meantime you don't want to reupload each and every card twice, you could create a single image with all the corrected versions, it would make one upload only. I have some software that allows me to create the cards in the size/format I want, but I need the good pictures...
 
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I'll try to work on it tomorrow for a few minutes. I still need to work on the back, but I suppose I could complete the front. I think I'll upload it in the Files section as a PDF, though, with the proper dimensions locked in at an 8-1/2" x 11" page. I'll also update the images, though, so people can use those versions.
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I've submitted the new Role cards to BGG as a three-page PDF with the cards at proper scale. Hopefully it gets approved. I applied a Creative Commons license to it since it's a fan-made hybrid of multiple versions, but it may get denied due to copyright restrictions.


Enjoy and please feel free to continue giving critiques and edits. I am going to work on the card backs tomorrow, hopefully, so worry not!

Edit: It was approved. Here's the link: Pandemic Role Cards 1.0 - New Art, Old Style
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Whaleyland wrote:
In any case, here's a link to it from my own server until it gets approved or denied
Well, I was getting this for myself, so since I saw the file, I considered it reviewed and approved it. Shhhh. I bypassed the queue for you.
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