Draw 1 Problem card per player. Place each face up on the board immediately when it is drawn. Each Problem starts in the column matching its starting Urgency (the Roman numeral in the upper left corner of the card). If a card starts in a full column, move it to the right until it finds an empty space.
Note: In a 3-player game, do not use the bottom row (each column may only hold up to 2 Problems).