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Play Matt: Pandemic Fall of Rome Review

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31 Mar 2019 19:42 #294808 by Matt Thrower
Setting it up offers hope. There are dice, and neat...

Thousands of gamers can't be wrong about Pandemic, right? But I tried the original with my wife and found it flat. And I tried Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu with my kids and found it lacked atmosphere. And I tried Pandemic: Legacy with my gaming cronies and we ached to fight each other instead of diseases. Yet here I am, looking at Pandemic: Fall of Rome, and wondering if it's fourth time lucky.
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31 Mar 2019 23:25 #294809 by mc
Thanks Matt, great read.

It's piqued my interest for reasons which you touch upon.

The "quarterbacking", "whack-a-mole" co-op in our house is still Forbidden Desert, and every now and then I entertain the idea of getting another one, or even a replacement. This one has come closest, perhaps, but your last paragraph reminds me that I don't really need to (sometimes I need reminding of this).
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01 Apr 2019 08:56 #294817 by BaronDonut

Matt Thrower wrote: Care and attention have never been my strong pints.


Mattttttttttttttt.... pints to you for this, I guess
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01 Apr 2019 11:28 - 01 Apr 2019 11:29 #294826 by Ah_Pook
Pandemic was the game that got my wife and I into gaming, and I still quite enjoy it. But fall of rome is easily my favorite version of it. Every change is smart and adds fun, interesting stuff to the game. The dice make the entire thing less solvable. It's a great iteration.
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01 Apr 2019 17:50 #294846 by Msample
You’d think this subject would cry out for a Legacy treatment.

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01 Apr 2019 20:05 #294847 by Jackwraith
Hm. I was really intrigued by this when I saw it come out, because I tend to love all things Roman history and the changes that everyone is talking about did sound like they'd make it more than just Pandemic. Then I played a game.

It's still Pandemic. There's a lot of chrome added and the historical aspects are certainly more interesting than generic modern disease problem, but it's still Pandemic, which means it still feels like a game I've played dozens of times and stopped playing because I was bored. Maybe I should give it another try, but I was distinctly underwhelmed.
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02 Apr 2019 07:28 #294860 by Matt Thrower

Jackwraith wrote: It's still Pandemic. There's a lot of chrome added and the historical aspects are certainly more interesting than generic modern disease problem, but it's still Pandemic, which means it still feels like a game I've played dozens of times and stopped playing because I was bored.


Very good point. I've only flirted with other versions of Pandemic - 2-3 plays - so I didn't find this too much of the same medicine. But I can totally appreciate how you would if you had: the core systems are the same.

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