Pandemic: Fall of Rome Game Overview

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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!...

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17 months ago

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? 

17 months ago

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 (https://amzn.to/2XuxGJ5), 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!

Supporter17 months ago

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

17 months ago

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!

17 months ago

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.

17 months ago

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.

17 months ago

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

Supporter17 months ago

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.

17 months ago

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

17 months ago

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

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