Players: 1-5 Players
Time: 20 Minutes Per Player
Weight: Medium-Heavy
Mechanics: Dice Drafting, Engine Building, Worker Allocation, Action Chains, Resource Management

Protospiel Tested

Pharmacology is a dice-driven strategy game featuring dice drafting, worker allocation, engine building, and strategic chaining of actions.  Pharmacology is a rethemed and updated version of the game that won the 2017 Manhattan Project Dice Game contest sponsored by Minion Games.

Pharmacology is for two to five players (plus solo mode), playing in about 20 minutes per player.  Lead a pharmaceutical company to victory by developing the most lucrative drug treatments and vaccines.  You’ll need to send your medical workforce to outbreak locations to secure samples, research drugs, and develop vaccines to fight the world’s diseases.

  • 9 Custom d6 Dice (10 for a variant)
  • 5 Player Boards
  • 55 cubes
  • 90 Cards
    • 25 Disease Cards
    • 53 Outreach Cards
    • 12 Automa Cards
  • 50 Tokens
Overview:  Pharmacology uses a unique dice drafting mechanic.  You will start the game with a common pool of Action Dice.  On your turn you will select from the Action Dice Pool dice equal to your Workforce level to take your Actions.  If there aren’t enough dice in the pool you’ll use what is available, re-roll all the previously used dice (not including dice you selected this turn).

Using the drafted dice, you will work to collect Samples, use and upgrade various Locations, hire Medical Technicians, Doctors, and Scientists, develop Drugs and Vaccines, gain benefits through Outreach Programs, and Treat Diseases.  You can also increase the size of your Workforce, boost your score by specializing in certain Disease Classifications, Quarantine diseases for easier research, and use profits to buy Medical Supplies, re-rolls, additional resources, and more.  In an advanced game, you’ll also have opportunities to commit acts of Industrial Espionage and file Lawsuits to hinder your opponents.

Solitaire: Pharmacology has a solitaire variant, featuring an AI player that will challenge even the most strategic players with several difficulty levels.

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