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Retheme Idea: Pandemic (Board Game)

By lpeters82

5 years ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by Fifty
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#1 5 years ago

While diving home with my recently purchased Hardbody, I was thinking about possible retheme ideas. The one that kept popping back into my head was Pandemic. For those that haven't played it's a board game where the players work together to discover a cure four different deceases before they spread around the world. That seems like it would fit with the four "stations" in Hardbody. In the retheme hitting the station targets would represent "research" or "collect samples" from each of the deceases. Collecting a sample three times or collecting each sample once would light one of the "cure" lights. The bottom of the playfield would essentially track your progress in the lab. See the right side of the attachment. The woman is holding an imaging chamber which would could be adapted to to fit the existing inserts. Above that there would be a beaker flanked by two test tubes. These would track your progress towards a cure. I really think there would be enough imagery available to create a cool playfield.


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#2 5 years ago

Great idea ... do it! Euro games are another hobby of mine and think their concepts would make excellent themes, something other than movies, t.v. shows, and superheroes. Just added as a Favorite so I can follow your progress.

#3 5 years ago

Oh heck yes!

#4 5 years ago

A fun game we used to play back in college was Black Death. I thought that was what Pandemic was when it first came out. Totally different ruleset though lol.

#5 5 years ago

Sure. Got that game too. You may reuse some toys from Stern CSI: the microscope, the centrifuge...

#6 5 years ago

Also love the added expansion pics you used. Makes for a great BG!

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#7 4 years ago

So right now I'm playing through Pandemic Legacy. We're through May and it's looking like there will be some additional source material.

#8 4 years ago

Mostly just posting this here so it's saved, but I'm open to suggestions if anyone has any. I think the rules fit the theme nicely. Start by collecting disease cultures. This progresses to creating more effective cures and eventual eradication. I'm working on a rough playfield design.

CURE: Collect one of each or three of a single CULTURE to advance CURE
effectiveness and light the RESEARCH STATION
CURE A: 20K points, 20K points, 20K points, and 40K points
CURE B: 20K points, 20K points, 20K points, and 40K points
SUPER CURE: 25K points, 25K points, 25K points, and 350K points
RESEARCH STATION: Shoot the CENTER SHOT to raise the RAMPS exposing
JACKPOT worth 50K points, 100K points, 200K points, and 400K points plus
MUTATION LOOP: Make the MUTATION LOOP to advance the value of the ORANGE TARGET BANK
GOVERNMENT GRANT: Shoot the GRANT TARGET to double playfield value

2 years later
#9 2 years ago

Working on some ideas for the playfield artwork. The basic playfield is going to be the game board. The center area will be The Lab where you can track your progress. I was struggling quite a bit until I decided to eliminate the "circuit inserts". I may move the three main circuit inserts somewhere else, but I don't see the need for all of them. The grid pretty much tracks them anyway, plus when you complete each one the center arrow starts flashing. I will likely be taking some of the artwork from the cards to help theme more of the shots.

Center Shot: Breakthrough (Raise / Lower Ramps)
Flex Save: Emergency Evacuation
Power Reps: Eradication Loops

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1 month later
#10 2 years ago

Still slowly plugging away...


* In line drop targets area is going to be the CDC; essentially you spell CDC to light the extra ball.
* Perhaps move the tournament inserts under the "bubbles" for Cure 1 (40,000), Cure 2 (40,000), and Eradication (350,000)

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#11 2 years ago


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#12 2 years ago

I also might mix in some of the artwork from the game Quarantine, which seems to fit the theme.

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#13 2 years ago

Great progress!

I am super fan of the board game and the idea.

#14 2 years ago

Thanks. I stripped my playfield yesterday. Pretty much using this as a diary to keep track of thoughts. My latest was to create an interactive topper that tracks the cure progress. Working within the rules of Hardbody this will have to be 12 markers with bonuses at 33% (40k), 66% (40k), and 100% (350k). I think that is a much better idea then using the bubbles.

#15 2 years ago

Not sure if there is a better way of doing it, but I went and traced the playfield yesterday.

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#16 2 years ago

Maybe invest in a scanner to scan the playfield? Then you will get everything perfect aligned.

#17 2 years ago

A work in progress, but trying to work on a lower playfield with the new artwork. The smoke goes right over the double playfield insert and the petri dish goes right over the extra ball insert. Also added a second layer to the city background. Unfortunately, most of it gets covered up with the three figures.

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#18 2 years ago

Testing out some color options for the plastics. Very rough, but I think I like this color pallet. Also decided that the "flex save" is going to be an emergency evacuation.

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#19 2 years ago

Still working on the layout when I have time.Pandemic Update (resized).png

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#20 1 year ago

Still working on this as I have time. Keep in mind that a lot of the "blank space" here is covered by plastics and the upper playfield. The upper playfield will feature a different image from the box art between the flippers, which will be cropped to fit under the top of an old fashion timer / stopwatch which will form the arch between the two ramps. Above that will be the rest of the game board, including Europe and Asia. The in-line drop targets will still be the CDC, which can earn an extra ball. The "Tournament" inserts that were covered up with artwork will be as an interactive topper, which will track your progress with discovering a cure. It's finally getting to the point where I'm starting to like it, but please provide feedback or suggestions.

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#21 1 year ago

Hardbody is the perfect game for any retheme. Such a fun game and layout with some of the worst pf art in pinball.

#22 1 year ago

Minor changes based on some local feedback. The "grid lights" will be reversed so they fill the test tubes from the bottom up.

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#23 1 year ago

Nicely done.

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