ThemeAddict: Pandemic Legacy

Back in October of 2018 we wrote a tremendous ThemeAddict piece on Pandemic. While we hate to tell you that we told you so, it seems that not enough of you were truly embracing the guidelines and recommendations we put forth as we sit here in the Spring of 2020. So in an unabashed attempt to capitalize on the global pandemic crisis that WE have been warning of since we first published that article, we are releasing the first ever ThemeAddict Expansion. Since you guys didn’t listen the first time we’ll cover the basics and since we’re playing with like 10 epidemic cards in the deck we’re enacting stricter guidelines to ensure the most realistic simulation of the worldwide crisis that’s ravaging the stock market and your local Costco. But seriously y’all, wash your hands. I already know you’re social distancing since, well, you’re reading a blog about board games.

Pandemic is an Action Point Allowance game set on modern earth where 4 different diseases are rapidly spreading across the world despite global efforts. Pandemic Legacy (Season 1) takes that game and adds an official narrative to it by making each game a single entry into an entire campaign. You get to name your cards, put neat stickers on them, and tear them up if you don’t like them… in fact consult an unsupervised toddler for the most up to date rules. Published by Z-man Games, players can expect to be immersed in their roles of disease-fighting authorities, only to be stretched all to thin when the inevitable epidemics occur and the world is permanently scarred as you prioritize which continent to save because you let the dispatcher get too many scars. After the 12- 24 game campaign, players may experience the following:

  • Creation of your own rule sticker to add a 4th step to a player’s turn: douse your hands in hand sanitizer.
  • Paranoid hand-washing after handling of boxes, dice, and especially Rubik’s cubes.
  • Extreme indecision when purchasing round trip airline tickets, with increased incredulity of full refund policies.
  • Mailing in the rest of the month once you accomplish one task.
  • Internal debates on which out of state family members you will prioritize saving… or if you better stay at home.
  • Impressive, albeit narrow, knowledge on world demographics (sans correct pronunciation)
  • Reluctant condolences for the Harry Potter nerds who got mad at you for revealing that Snape killed Dumbledore after your friends tell you what’s in box 3 (it’s not good).
  • Autocratic analysis and decision-making on problems involving public health and safety

And of course, when you’re playing games centered around airborne pathogens, you need some shareable snacks that everyone is digging their grubby hands into. Here’s the RDG official list of approved snacks and music to enhance your game night.


  • Grilled chicken breast cooked to an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit
  • Pasteurized milk
  • Grapes, freshly rinsed under running water
  • Frozen pizza (thawed safely in the microwave or refrigerator)
  • Vitamin C tablets

Music: RDG’s *updated* Pandemic Playlist with handwashing songs every 20 minutes

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