|Players:||2 - 4|
In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth. On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. A deck of cards provides the players with these abilities, but sprinkled throughout this deck are Epidemic! cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases' activity. A second, separate deck of cards controls the "normal" spread of the infections.
Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists' strengths in order to conquer the diseases. For example, the Operations Expert can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases and which allow for greater mobility between cities; the Scientist needs only four cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal five—but the diseases are spreading quickly and time is running out. If one or more diseases spreads beyond recovery or if too much time elapses, the players all lose. If they cure the four diseases, they all win!
The 2013 edition of Pandemic includes two new characters—the Contingency Planner and the Quarantine Specialist—not available in earlier editions of the game.
Pandemic is the first game in the Pandemic Series
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This game is fun! We get really into the storyline, feeling the tension as pandemics spread and break out all over the place! Trying to keep things under control at the same time as trying to find a cure is not easy - we find this one is harder to win at the full player count!
Pandemic is a classic cooperative game that consistently makes it onto our table. Easy to teach, always fun.
Work together to cure the four diseases that are spreading across the globe. Difficulty is nicely scalable from 'we should win pretty much every time' to 'holy heck we are DOOMED'.
This game does run the risk of being taken over by an 'alpha player' who just directs everyone else, so that it something to be aware of when picking your play group and when teaching newbies...!