In this week’s episode of TableTop, Wil, Morgan Webb, Ed Brubaker, and Robert Gifford (owner of Geek Chic) play Pandemic in its most feared difficulty: Legendary. Pandemic is a great co-op game that utilizes both resource sharing and risk management as mechanics. Even under normal circumstances, Pandemic is tough. But on Legendary? Say your goodbyes.
Both Webb and Brubaker are novices in this game but work well with the team as they try to solve the world of a zombie plague. What they lack in experience, they make up in humor and teamwork. Wheaton says “Co-op games like Pandemic are great for new players because it’s not 100 games played versus 1; it’s 101 games played versus the game itself.”
The crew was originally scheduled to play Pandemic on normal difficulty (which is still very difficult to beat) but Wil vetoed the idea. “If we’re going to go down, then we’re going to go down on legendary!” And so they do in this episode. Expect some losing. Lots of it.
- Sometimes, you’ll just have to give up on fixing a certain area of the board. Just cut your losses and reallocate your strength where you have a chance. Novice players often can’t find that tipping point and will chase a lost cause past the effective point.
- Don’t allow multiple chain reaction spots on the board. You’ll notice in the game that there are a couple points where the players are looking really good, but left a chain reaction spot open. Once that hits, it’s almost certain doom.
- Expect to lose when playing Pandemic on legendary.