That title should be sung to a certain tune, but I'll let you figure that out.
Now, unfortunately I don't have any pictures for you all with this one, nor do I have a plethora of knowledge since I have only played one legacy game. (Gosh, I can hear your booing and hissing... cool your jets and listen). Now that all the impatient kids are gone, let's dive in. Although I don't have a lot of experience with this type of game, I enjoyed the one that I played SO much, that I felt it deserved to be raved about. So, without further ado, let's talk about Pandemic Legacy.
Let me start by saying this: I hate base Pandemic. I see I've lost a few more of you...and that's okay. Base Pandemic offers nothing more to me than a few colorful cubes and an excuse for alpha-players to quarterback for half an hour. It's boring, redundant, and really not worth my time. Pandemic Legacy takes the general concept of the base game and transforms it into something that can be genuinely enjoyed by everyone involved, and really cuts down on quarterbacking. Plus, it can actually be quite the stress-reliever, despite the insane to consider fact that you might end up playing 24 rounds of the game by the end! In an effort to cut down on the fluff and stuff, here's the top 3 reasons I really enjoyed Pandemic Legacy.
3. The Long Con
Like I mentioned, when starting Pandemic Legacy, it's important to keep in mind that you will be playing anywhere from 12 to 24 (determined by whether you win or lose each round) full games of Pandemic, and while that might not seem like much, with all the new additions that Legacy brings, it takes a LOT longer than you'd think. Basically, it's not a game that you play in one day...probably. I mean, I don't know your level of dedication. So if you do choose to make a single day of it, please remember to hydrate and get plenty of snacks!
Additionally, it's a good idea to play the game with some close friends who a) are into board games enough to stick it out, b) are in close enough proximity that it's not a hassle to reconvene, and c) that you like a lot and are willing to work with (it's still a co-op game after all).
The team of 4 I started with had one person who said they were interested but after the first session rarely wanted to play again. That resulted in us having some random people take their place every so often, and eventually leaving just 3 of us OG's to finish. It was still a really fun time for the 3 of us who did it beginning to end, but we are definitely going to avoid that hassle come the next rendition.
2. The Evolution
As I already said, this game is so much more than base Pandemic could ever hope to be. In addition to being better from the start, thanks to having more to explore and consider. While the amount of decision-making is probably on par with the base game, it constantly feels so much more intense. The game goes from being basic to evolving into ten times the game it was. You uncover new characters, gain more knowledge, and have to cover new ground every step of the way. And because it's not a "new" game every time you set up (ergo, you follow one story through the 12-24 games) it really heightens the risk and the reward each time around. The game play is exciting and ever changing which makes it really worth the time and energy.
1. The Catharsis of Destruction
Now, being someone who loves games of many kinds, I wouldn't want to purposefully ruin, destroy, or damage any board games. However, this legacy game [and others like it] require you to do just that.
Without spoiling too much, let's just say that the game asks you to rip up cards, scratch things off, throw things out, and - if you're reading between the lines a little - tear apart the secret boxes in order to uncover the mysteries within them. (Okay, that last one might have been just because we all got too excited, but still).
It's definitely a strange feeling to have to destroy components, especially when you're still playing the game! But even if you love it as much as I do, there's something so cathartic about ripping a character's face in half after they failed to help you win the round. You get used to it as the game progresses, and it really becomes a fun activity to pass cards around so that everyone gets a chance at ripping!
If this game sounds interesting to you, I strongly recommend picking up a copy today and starting strong with a couple close friends...then [im]patiently awaiting the Season 2 release, as the rest of us already are.