We were already huge fans of the Pandemic series of board games. After a disappointing experience with SeaFall, we weren’t sure legacy games were right for our small group. When we decided to give legacy games another chance, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 seemed like the perfect choice.
If you’re not familiar with legacy format board games, it simply refers to a set of rules and mechanics that allow events from one game to carry over to future games. That Legacy format might mean the addition of new game components. You may be asked to place stickers on a board or add new cards to a deck. You may also be asked to alter or even destroy existing components.
This isn’t a review so don’t worry about spoilers here. I won’t mention any specifics from our play-through and due to the nature of the game, your experience will be unique anyway. I will tell you one thing … Pandemic Legacy supports between two and four players. As the game progresses, you’ll find it beneficial to have all four players at the table.
If you’ve already played standard Pandemic, you’ll be able to jump right into this game. The game is played over a series of months, with your first game being set January. If you should loose, you’ll play a second January game. If you win, you’ll move on to the next month. You wont have to worry about any real legacy changes until your first February game. The game’s narrative unfolds as you progress from month to month. A dedicated deck of legacy cards will drive the story through mission briefings. Players will also reveal new challenges and upgrades found in secret dossiers.
The cooperative nature of Pandemic makes it perfect for legacy gaming. In competitive legacy games a player may be handicapped by events in early games. That player may find later games to be tedious and less enjoyable. While specific characters withing Pandemic Legacy may gain upgrades or take damage, individual players are not saddled by these changes. They may simply choose another available character. Legacy events should change the game, not the player.