Pandemic: Fall of Rome Game Overview

We're going to say it! Pandemic: Fall of Rome by Z-Man Games is the best Pandemic version made to date! Find out why defeating barbarians is more fun!...

5 points by sahmreviews - updated 11 months ago | 10 comments | report | subscribe

FireLordDodo 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I'm new to the hobby and haven't played and Pandemic. It was next on my list. Is fall of Rome a different enough game to warrant getting both or does it just change the theme? Are Pandemic and Pandemic: Fall of Rome different enough games to get each or should I just skip Pandemic and get Fall of Rome? 

sahmreviews 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

I always will recommend the base Pandemic first. If you want to spring for a set that no one has, there's always the brand new Anniversary edition (, but be aware there is a misprint on the board that the publisher is trying to correct.

The base Pandemic is a wonderful introduction to the world of cooperative games. From there you can explore the other versions, including these themed ones (and a legacy version that you'll play through only once).

Fall of Rome is similar, but different enough to warrant both in our opinion. It's more than just a theme change, the game play is slightly different and a bit more luck-based. The core ideas (draw cards, advance the track) are the same.

You can regularly find Pandemic for around $35 online (Amazon, etc.) and will probably have good luck picking up a slightly-worn used copy for $20 or less!

CardiganSweater Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

So how does the translation from viruses to barbarians(?) work? Are the mechanics significantly reworked to accommodate a different theme?

sahmreviews 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

It works well, especially with the placement rules for the barbarians (viruses). There's a migration/invasion theme, so they build along lines. We found it more thematic than the regular Pandemic!

sahmreviews 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

Meant to add, the addition of a Risk-like battle makes it a little more random. But I grew up on Risk, so it appealed to me.

Skyw3rd 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

I'd love to give this a try. Iberia is the one I want to get, but I like how they're applying the Pandemic formula to other themes.

zerotozero 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

One day I'm just going to end up with all of these.

trentellingsen Supporter15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Seeing the idea that this is the best version Pandemic is making me slowly reach for my wallet... I have Pandemic: Iberia which is lovely but would love another version of the game.

sahmreviews 15 months ago | 2 points[-]

Iberia is the only one we haven't played. I understand it's pretty good too, just haven't broken the shrink yet!

FirstJohn318 15 months ago | 1 point[-]

There are just too many versions of Pandemic out there now!

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