Gameday First Play – Pandemic

Yay, finally got to play this…

Even if we let the world suffer a horrible painful death.

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.

So this is a co-op game about saving the world from virus outbreaks.

I’m pretty sure most of you have played this already so if you want a bit of a walk through, here is Wil Wheaton and co playing it on tabletop.

So what did I like about it?

It’s pretty. We played the new-ish reprint so it had upgraded components compared to the original which looked nice.

Pandemic Board

I like roles in games. This game has role cards like Forbidden Desert so everyone has something to focus on. I was a Quarantine Specialist so I would run to places that were in trouble to slow down any spread of a virus.

Pandemic Quarantine Specialist

It’s HARD and it should be. Co-op games that you win EVERY TIME are dull and won’t get played. You need to feel you can lose, you need to feel you’re behind and you need to play hard to win. The way the viruses spreads and how movement is quite restrictive forces team work, as a good co-op should.

Pandemic Euro Trouble

I’m still not a fan of co-op games as they generally require a group of the right people but I can see why this game gets a lot of hype.

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