***This post will not spoil the story of the game, or reveal any of the hidden rules or secret components from the game. My hopes in sharing my thoughts on the game is to help those who may be wondering if they should purchase the game themselves.***
The wait is over, and I finally have my hands on a copy of Pandemic Legacy Season 1! As mentioned in my previous blog, Pandemic Legacy is a cooperative game for 2-4 players. It starts out like a regular Pandemic game, but quickly takes a turn. Decisions made in the game will permanently change how future games are played. There will be 12-24 games played with a single copy of Pandemic Legacy, before the story ends for the players.
The story within the game takes place over the course of a single calendar year. Each time you play, your characters are playing through a month of that year. So, your first game is January. If you win that game, you continue to February. You have two chances to play through a single month of the story, so if you lose in January, you get to play through that month one more time before moving on. This is why you'll play at least 12 games, and no more than 24 games.
My husband and I are playing a 2-player game for the entire story. So far, we are loving this unique gaming experience. When you open the box, all the basic game components are there, but in addition, there are secret components as well. The rulebook has a lot of missing parts, because as the game progresses, you'll be unlocking new rules and game components. There are several Top Secret dossiers with multiple tabs with hidden information inside the game.
There is a deck of mysterious cards that will come into play during the story. You keep this deck in the box, and the cards themselves instruct you on when you can reveal and read them.
There are also 8 sealed boxes inside the game. I'm most excited about these boxes, because they have dimension to them! There could be anything in there! Maybe there are new pieces, new cards to add to the game,
a live virus you'll have to cure in real life, who knows! One of these boxes only gets opened if you lose a number of games in a row. (Lets hope we won't have to open that one)
Aside from playing the game with all the fun of a normal game of Pandemic, the story that is being played out is pretty awesome. All the changes to the rules, changes to the board itself, and additional components that are added in as you open all the secrets, work so well with the story!
The characters you choose are going to change and evolve over the course of the story. Those character changes could be positive or negative. You really have to be careful with the choices you make. In this type of Legacy game, your decisions have actual consequences, and it's exciting.
It's super satisfying to get rewards for completing your objectives, and it's just as exciting to open up things in the game that make the overall situation harder. We never know how the game is going to change, and I absolutely love playing it.
We've only played through January and February of the story, and we won both games. Even after just the two games, we've got some new game components, new rules, and we have a lot on our plates for the next game. We even had to rip up one of the cards! Gah! So stressful!
Is this game for everyone? No. Once you play through the 12-24 games, you're done. Some people my not be comfortable spending $50-70 on a game with a limit amount of game play. If you think of it as a game for your collection, this isn't a good investment for you. However, if you think of this game as an interactive entertainment experience, it's well worth the money!
Even if you just play with 2-players, that's $25-35 per person for more than 12 hours of entertainment. Board game nights in our house are sometimes how my husband and I spend our date nights. Considering we'd spend more money on a movie and decent dinner for 2, it's a great deal.
If you love Pandemic, you'll love this game. If you enjoy cooperative RPGs, you'll love this game. If you enjoy strategy games, you will love this game. Pandemic Legacy, while limited in how long it will last, is well worth the cost for a fun gaming experience.
If you want something you can play over and over again, buy the original Pandemic game. There are expansions to add more flavor to the base game too, which you can keep in your gaming library.
We'll be playing a couple of games of Pandemic Legacy over the next few weekends (maybe even more on weekends the baby is at Grandma and Grandpa's house). I'm looking forward to talking with other gamers and sharing stories about what they experienced during their game. No two games of Pandemic Legacy will be exactly the same!
Look for the game online, or at your local gaming store if you want to play.