Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 Early Impressions (With Mild Spoilers)

Season 1 of Pandemic Legacy was a revelation. Building on the signature cooperative germ-fighting gameplay of Pandemic by adding gameplay elements that made many of your choices have lasting ramifications, the end result was a riveting experience where carrying the weight of the world was equal parts glorious and soul-crushing.

Having already added so much to the game, how does one tackle the challenge of improving an already phenomenal game? Based on having played the prologue and 25% of the campaign, the answer might be to turn the whole thing on its head.

NOTE: The rest of this post will contain mild spoilers relating to the way the game is set up. Not much more than what you would get from the back of the box. If you do not want spoilers of any kind, skip this one!

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Watch Every Season 1 Episode of Board Game Talk Right Here

Season 1 of Board Game Talk is in the books! For those of you who took a few minutes to watch the show, thank you. Truly appreciate your time and support. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, fear not. You can watch the whole season right here in the YouTube playlist above.

More episodes will be on the way. Not exactly sure when they’ll go live, but they will when I have enough material to post across consecutive weeks. It’s been quite the learning process and I hope you can see the improvement throughout the season. Things should only get better with time.

Let me know what you think of the show in the comments! Your feedback can help make this show even better in the future. Until season 2 drops at a later date, enjoy season one!

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Board Game Talk: Are Pandemic Legacy and other Legacy-style games a rip-off?

Legacy-style games are some of the hottest in board gaming today. But is their disposable nature a rip-off for consumers? I share where I side in this argument!

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Board Game Night Playlist: Games Designed by Matt Leacock

You may not be familiar with his name, but there’s a good chance that if you’re a modern board game fan, you know at least one of his games. He’s the guy that created Pandemic, one of the biggest and best modern board games in existence.

Looking at his portfolio of games, he clearly has a niche. Co-operative games are his bread and butter, which he does better than just about anyone in the business. In this edition of the Board Game Night Playlist, you’re not only getting a spotlight on Matt Leacock games, but also a great co-operative game night.

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Early Impressions of Pandemic Legacy

Classic Pandemic is a co-operative board game where players team up in an effort to cure four deadly diseases before they wipe out the human race. No pressure, right? In the moment, it’s one of the most intense board games on the market. However, as soon as the game is over, the slate is wiped clean and you can start again as if nothing ever happened.

This is where Pandemic Legacy differs from its predecessor. Taking heavy influence from Risk Legacy, events that take place in each game leave a lasting impact on subsequent plays until you hit the final stage of the campaign. If you thought that the original game was stressful, wait until you play this version where the rules constantly change, characters can die and entire cities can be wiped off of the map forever.

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The Value of Consumable Board Games

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The vast majority of board games have been designed with infinite replayability in mind. Once the experience is over, simply reset the components and start again. However, Risk Legacy introduced a consumable element to the game, as it followed a story with a finite end. As you played, you wrote on the board, put stickers everywhere and tore up cards until the game you’re left with is one that’s very different from the one you started with.

The concept found new life in 2015 with games like T.I.M.E Stories and Pandemic Legacy. The first game is one that is stellar, though this full-priced game is over in about six hours with no further replay value. As for the latter, it’s a wildly popular successor to an already huge game. The love for it has been so great that it dethroned the five-year champ Twilight Struggle from the #1 slot on Board Game Geek’s list of best board games.

With consumable games on the rise, there’s been a growing debate on the merits of these styles of games. Would you buy a game knowing that it won’t last forever like the other games in your collection?

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Pandemic Legacy Added to the List of Awesome Board Games You Should Play

For the past month or so, my board gaming group have been playing Pandemic Legacy. Unlike classic Pandemic, where the world resets after each game, Pandemic Legacy takes players on a disease-fighting adventure that spans a year of time in the game world. Every decision in the game is permanent, as stickers are used make adjustments to character cards and boards, cards are required to be ripped up, and characters can even die if they get unlucky.

We’re not done yet, but the experience so far has been stellar. I didn’t play enough of the 2015 crop of board games to name a definitive game of the year, though this one squeaks by Codenames as my personal pick. Steer clear if you haven’t played classic Pandemic yet. However, if you have, what are you waiting for?!

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