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Rules PDF


  • 1 8-Page Colour Rulebook
  • 1 Folding single-side Gameboard
  • 7 (plastic) Pawns (one colour for each role)
  • 6 (plastic) Research Stations
  • 96 (plastic) Disease Cubes (24 for each colour disease - black, blue, red, yellow)
  • 6 Markers
    • 1 Infection Rate Marker
    • 1 Outbreaks Marker
    • 4 Cure Markers with "Vial" and "Sunset" sides (one for each colour disease)
  • 118 Cards
    • 7 Role Cards
    • 59 Player Cards
      • 48 City Cards
      • 6 Epidemic Cards
      • 5 Special Event Cards
    • 48 Infection Cards
    • 4 Reference Cards

Misprinted Boards In some copies of the 2013 edition, the board contains a misprint where the link between Lagos and São Paulo is missing. Z-Man Games will replace the misprinted board with a correct copy. More information: Printing error in some copies of the new edition

Card Sleeves

Standard (63.5 x 88mm) for 118 cards (2nd version onwards)

  • Fantasy Flight Sleeve Size: Standard Card Game (FFS05) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (63.5 x 88 mm) (internal/card size)
  • Ultra Pro Sleeve Size: Standard Size 64 x 89 mm (internal/card size); recommended for a snug fit

Note: the 1st version with the wooden cubes has 116 cards, same dimensions.



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2011: Ludoteca Ideale (Italy)
2010: Australian Games Association Game of the Year Winner
2009: BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Family Game Winner
2009: Gouden Ludo, Winner
2009: Nederlandse Spellen Prijs, Nominated
2009: Boardgames Australia Awards Winner, Best International Game
2009: Spiel des Jahres Nominated
2009: Golden Ace Nominated
2008: Origins Awards, Board Game of the Year, Winner
2008: JoTa, Best Cooperative Game, Winner
2008: Games 100 Best Family Game
2008: Meeples Choice Award, Game of the Year, Winner
2008: Recommendation
2008: International Gamers Award Multi-Player Nominee
2008: Tric Trac d'or (France), Game of the Year, Tric Trac d'argent (2nd place)
2008: BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Family Game Finalist


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Online Play

Offline Play

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I have 2 of the same card but am missing another card!
A: Allegedly during collation of the decks, some of the cards were duplicated or missed. You should have 1 for each city in the Infection deck (48 total) and 1 for each city in the Player deck (48 total). There should also be 6 identical Epidemic cards, 7 distinct Role Cards, 5 distinct Special Event cards, and the 4 Reference cards for a total of 118 cards. If you are missing any cards, contact Z-Man games and they will replace them.

Q: Why is the start city Atlanta?
A: Atlanta is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Q: Can you pass cards when it is not your turn?
A: The active player may spend one action point to give -or- take a city card. Standard passing rules still apply.

Q: Can Special Event Cards really be played at "any" time?
A: (Quoted from game designer Matt Leacock) You can play the cards at any time, however, you can't play them between an event and the representation of the event on the board. Some scenarios may help explain this:

Scenario 1:
Player #1 has a Special Event card for "Resilient Population." During the draw, an Epidemic card is drawn. Since an Epidemic card was drawn, player #1 decides to play their Special Event card to remove a city from the infection discard pile before they are reshuffled. This is legal because the card explicitly states it can be played at this time.
Scenario 2:
A player may use the Forecast card to rearrange the cards on the top of the infection deck before they're drawn - but once a card is drawn, the player can't rearrange the cards.
Scenario 3:
The Red disease has been cured. A player draws the Taipei card which results in the 8th Outbreak. Since no time elapses between the drawing of the Taipei card (resulting in the infection) and the placing of the cubes (representing the infection), the players lose the game. It's not OK to Airlift the medic over to Taipei to cure because the cubes have already been added and the game has already been lost.

Q: Can this game be played with 1 or 5 players? The rules imply I might use all 5 role cards.
A: The game was designed for 2 to 4 players. The comment in the rulebook was a carry over from when the game only had 4 Roles. It was not caught before the rulebook was published. However, you may attempt to play with 1 or 5 players and report your findings in the threads.

Q: Our first game was easy! Are we doing something wrong?
A: Probably. But the game is easier with fewer players and/or fewer Epidemics in the deck. You may also visit this thread to see if you missed something: Common mistakes.

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