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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 (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!
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?
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!
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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