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Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby Aeschines » 06 Dec 2018, 00:02

Hello one & all! With my two forum games coming a close, the time has come to start recruiting for Pandemic Diplomacy!

Pandemic Diplomacy is an exploration variant. I will be running the game through Discord and will have five spots available for players. Additionally, thanks to the magic of Discord, non-players are welcome to join me in the International Space Station to watch the game unfold from above (however, anyone who gets access to the ISS will not be allowed to replace a player nor share any secret information with the players). Finally, I will be looking for one person to act as a Second Eyes GM, to make sure I don't make any errors in my adjudications (since much of that work will not be player-verifiable).

Exploration variants are diplomacy games where players will have to explore the map and provinces are only revealed once adjacent to the player's units. Each player gets their own map that only they can see. Additionally, there are will be rules that are only revealed to players after certain spaces have been discovered (spaces marked with "?" indicate something to discover).

The year is 2022. A new pandemic has smashed through the Continent of Europe. Much of the western world has succumbed to the vagaries of the plague but no region has been more devastated than Eurasia. With a survival rate of less than 0.1%, the nations of Europe have collapsed leaving nothing but plague-ridden wasteland and hordes of the "surviving" infected to roam the once-fertile landscape. However, despite the horrors five groups stand ready to seize the opportunity. As the rest of the world is distracted by internal squabbling and chaos, the Republic of Tunisia, the Berbers of the Atlas Mountains, a flotilla of Liberian Freedom-Seekers, the State of Israel, and the Roma people of Turkey are prepared to brave the dangerous of the new hostile landscape. Finding a cure to the disease will be essential. But can they work together long enough to achieve that dream? Or will the politics of resources doom them as it doomed the nations of Europe?

Publicly Available Rules for Pandemic Diplomacy
Victory-
    Solo victory is achieved by having ½ the SCs on the board, rounded down (starts at 20 SCs) OR
    By being the first player to cure the pandemic. Simultaneous cures earn those players a draw
    Draw proposals and votes are not allowed
    If achieving a cure/conquering half the SCs becomes impossible for all players, all players will lose

Research-
    Units who begin their turn in a Research Center SC may be ordered to take the research action
    If successful, the cure is researched and that player wins a solo victory
    If a failure, that unit turns into a plague unit and the game continues
    A “research” action (done instead of a move during a spring or fall turn) will be successful if all players collectively have earned at least [...] Science points (earned through discoveries)
    The player who does the research does not have to be the player(s) who earned the Science Points, on a successful cure action the researching player wins a solo

Science-
    Collecting more science unlocks additional features for that player
    ...

Units-
    Army : as in vanilla
    Navy : as in vanilla, except costs 2 SCs to build and maintain
    Plague Unit : not controlled by players, movement determined by orders of adjacent units
    ...

Plague Units-
    Cannot be destroyed, moves as an army
    Any unit that bounces with or would he dislodged by a plague unit is instead converted into a plague unit at the resolution of that turn
    A fleet unit that convoys a plague unit is destroyed at the resolution of that turn
    Plague units do not capture SCs but return them to “unowned” status by ending a fall turn there
Plague Unit movement preference is as follows:
    ...


Second Eyes GM


Interested Players
BoldBlad
Groo
GhostEcho
NoPunin10did
Condude1
varkenskop

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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby Groo » 06 Dec 2018, 01:09

Interested!

Sounds absolutely crazy.
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby GhostEcho » 06 Dec 2018, 04:19

I am interested in the astronomical opportunities.

EDIT: To be clear ("International Space Station"), I'm interested in observing only, unless there's a real deficit of interested players which doesn't look like the case.
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby NoPunIn10Did » 06 Dec 2018, 04:20

I would love to give this a shot. Your exploration games tend to be pretty great.
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby condude1 » 06 Dec 2018, 05:10

I really, really want to. When would this run?
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby Aeschines » 06 Dec 2018, 05:40

I'm planning to run it after either Diplomacy of Ice & Fire III or Greek City States IV finishes! If that's in the next little bit maaaaybe we'd start before Christmas. But if they run a little longer, I won't start it until after the holiday probably (unless the players were down for that).

Hooray!
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby condude1 » 06 Dec 2018, 05:47

Aeschines wrote:I'm planning to run it after either Diplomacy of Ice & Fire III or Greek City States IV finishes! If that's in the next little bit maaaaybe we'd start before Christmas. But if they run a little longer, I won't start it until after the holiday probably (unless the players were down for that).

Hooray!


This works well for me! After the holidays is better for me because I'm doing stuff with family during the holidays.
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby Aeschines » 06 Dec 2018, 05:47

Awesome! I'll put you down, then!
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 06 Dec 2018, 06:39

You guys are in for a treat!
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Re: Pandemic Diplomacy: Exploration Variant Seeking Players

Postby condude1 » 06 Dec 2018, 07:24

Just to confirm, plaguechanged units are easily identified, right?
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