Session Report: November 5th, 2015 (Pandemic Legacy Campaign #2)

Pandemic Legacy by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, Z-Man Games
Pandemic Legacy by Matt Leacock and Rob Daviau, Z-Man Games

Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

X-Men Colossus, Wolverine, and Prof. X recently met to continue their ongoing Pandemic Legacy campaign. SPOILER ALERT for Pandemic Legacy game months April and May below the fold.

We began this session following up on a loss in early April at the conclusion of the prior session. The loss was triggered by the Lagos-Kinshasa-Khartoum-Johannesburg outbreak cyclone. That particular part of the board is well-known to myself and many other veteran Pandemic players and is infamous for chaining outbreaks. To make matters worse, Yellow is our C0da virus so treatment is impossible AND in this month the virus mutated again into what is basically the zombie plague. Without knowing how vital she’d be, we left veteran quarantine specialist Boobzilla Ochocinco née Pinth back at base. In short, it was a hopeless situation.

We picked up in late April, going with our OG crew of medic Shark McGuire, scientist Stiletto Anyway, and Generalist Dyra Pinth. The crew got lucky and immediately responded to a nasty outbreak of the Dangling Buckets in the far east just in time to keep the situation from becoming critical. The team also eradicated the dreaded middle-eastern bonitis easily due to its many positive mutation and some fancy footwork put in by Shark McGuire. Affluenza was last to fall and did so rather unexpectedly when Shark found himself with five blue cards in hand. We slapped yet another positive mutation on Bonitis, suppressing it fully, and gave Dyra the ability to peek at the top of the infection deck. We were buoyed by our victory. However, things would not remain this easy for long…

Early May unlocked Col. Mahoney da Zmbi-klla (People’s Liberation Army) and the ability to roadblock cities. Tempted by these new toys, Colossus took up the Col. and Prof. X switched to the perpetually terrified Ops. Manager Javaris Jamar Jamarison Lemar. Because anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Wolverine switched to from Stiletto to Boobzilla, giving us an all military team.

It was a complete and total disaster.

Dangling buckets came back to the far east with a vengeance and Affluenza tightened a stranglehold over central Europe. The team struggled with multiple early epidemics and other instances of poor luck, but even had that not happened we didn’t really have a plan to cure diseases. Worse, while trying to get a handle on the dangling bucket situation, poor Javaris Jamar Jamarison Levar almost got himself killed. After running out of dangling buckets, the team lost the game. We set up some FOBs in Lagos and Atlanta in order to have a window on C0da’s city zero, Khartoum, but otherwise accomplished exactly nothing this game. Battered and bruised, we put the game away hoping for better luck and more funding next time.

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Session Report: November 5th, 2015 (Pandemic Legacy Campaign #2)