OBJECTIVE OF PANDEMIC LEGACY: The objective of Pandemic Legacy is to complete all of the monthly objectives in order to win the game.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players
MATERIALS: 5 Character Cards, 4 Pawns, 1 Game Board, 96 Disease Cubes, 1 Outbreaks Marker, 6 Research Stations, 4 Cure Markers, 1 Infection Rate Marker, 1 Reminder Token, 48 Infection Cards, 62 Legacy Cards, 4 Civilian Cards, 5 Dossiers, 1 Sticker Sheet, 4 Reference Cards, 61 Player Cards, and Instructions
TYPE OF GAME: Cooperative Campaign Board Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 13 and Up
OVERVIEW OF PANDEMIC LEGACY
At the beginning, your team of pandemic-fighting specialists race against the clock, traveling around the world, in an attempt to create a cure and treating hotspots along the way. Players must achieve objectives throughout the game, or else the pandemic will become overwhelming and too destructive for a measly team of scientists to fight. Some rules and components will be added throughout the game, altering the game for any future plays. In a world filled with disease, will your team be the cure?
To setup the game, begin by reaching the mission briefing, and then add in any cards if needed. Place the game board in the center of the table, placing a research station in each of the cities that have a starting research station marker. In other games, there may be other pieces that need placing. Next, place the outbreaks marker on the first space of the outbreak track, and place the cure markers on the bottom of the disease track. The objectives are placed into their areas as well.
On the two space to the left of the infection rate track, place the infection rate marker. All of the infection cards should be shuffled, and three of them are revealed. Three disease cubes that match in color are placed on each of the cities revealed by the cards. Reveal three more cards, and place two cubes on each of those cities. Finally, flip three more cards, and place only one cube on each of those cities. The used cards are then discarded.
As a group, the players will decide which event cards are added to the deck, adding up to four for the first game. After shuffling the cards, they will be dealt to each player; four dealt in a two-player game, three in a three-player game, and two in a four-player game. Any leftover cards are shuffled and used for the Player deck, with five epidemic cards shuffled in. Each player will then choose a character and a color to represent them throughout the course of the game, placing them at the research station found in Atlanta.
The group should use a game winning bonus before the game begins. All of the pawns are then collected, and one is randomly chosen. This player will become the first player, and any future gameplay will rotate clockwise around the group. The game is then ready to begin.
The game is played over a series of turns. During each turn, the player must complete the following three steps: complete four actions, draw two cards, and infect cities. Once the player has completed all three things, the next player will begin their turn, completing the same three steps. Players are permitted to give each other advice, but each player must choose their own actions.
When completing actions, players may repeatedly do the same action four different times, or they may complete four completely different actions. Some characters have special abilities that alter how an action is completed. Anytime an action requires a card to be discarded, they are placed in the discard pile. If there are no cards remaining when a player goes to draw four cards, then the game comes to an end and the players lose.
Whenever your draw includes Epidemic cards, the player will not add them to their hand. Instead, they must move the infection marker forward a space, draw a card from the infection deck and place the assigned cubes, and reshuffle the cards in the infection discard pile, placing them on top of the infection deck. If there are not enough cubes to add to the city, then the game comes to an end, and the players lose.
Once the player infects cities and discards infection cards, their turn comes to an end. The player to their left will then begin their turn. The game continues in this manner until the game comes to an end.
END OF GAME
The game may come to an end in a variety of ways. If the players run out of cards or cubes, then the game comes to an end and they lose the game. If the outbreak marker progresses to the last space on the track, then the players also lose the game. On the other hand, if the players meet the required number of objectives, then the game comes to an end, and the players win the game!