With new games come new mechanics, and this year’s limited collector’s edition – the new Pandemic Iberia – surely didn’t want to let the long-time fans of the 8 years old franchise down!
Set in the mid-19th century, Pandemic Iberia, puts you in the roles of members of The Second Royal Philanthropic Expedition. You are embarking on a mission to discover the origins of diseases that are devastating the countryside of the Iberian Peninsula, but the modern technologies that have inspired Pandemic’s original mechanics in 2008 are nowhere to be found, obviously.
So… how can you save the world this time around?
Railroad tokens cannot be placed on the dashed lines coming out of Andorra la Vella, Palma de Mallorca, or Gibraltar. Players may Move by Carriage/Boat along those dashed lines, however. If there aren’t any railroad tokens remaining in the supply, players cannot do this action.
Note: unlike regular Pandemic, in Pandemic Iberia, you only remove 1 disease cube from the board, even after a disease has been researched. (Diseases are never cured or eradicated in Pandemic Iberia.)
The other player must also be in the city with you. Both of you need to agree to do this.
As per usual, if the player who gets the card now has more than 7 cards, that player must immediately discard a card or play an Event card.
Note: Unlike regular Pandemic, you never discover the cures for diseases in Pandemic Iberia. Instead, you research how to help prevent their spread.
When a disease is researched, its cubes remain on the board and new cubes can still be placed during epidemics or infections. However, cards matching the color of the researched disease may now be used to Purify Water in any adjacent region, and you are closer to winning the game.
• discard a City card matching the color of a researched disease to put the 2 tokens in any one adjacent region.
Each purification token prevents the addition of one disease cube into a city adjacent to the region that contains it. If there aren’t any purification tokens remaining in the supply, players cannot do this action.
Example 1: While in Barcelona, Sonsoles plays a yellow card to add 2 purification tokens to the region to the north of her city. She could alternatively play a red card to add 2 tokens there (since there is a red city – Huesca – in that region as well).
Example 2: The black disease has been researched. While in Zaragoza, Donna could use a black card to add 2 purification tokens to any one of the six regions adjacent to her