I had a look at my gaming stats at the end of the month just to keep myself abreast of what is being played and what is being neglected and should probably get to the table. I try very hard not to force myself to play specific games a certain number of times, to turn the pleasure of playing into an obligation, but, as I have written many times before, unplayed games weigh heavily on my mind and I want to give them all the time they deserve.
Often a quick look at my list of last plays will throw up the revelation that something I thought I had visited only a few weeks ago is nearly a year on from its last play, and such, to my horror, was the case with Pandemic: The Cure, which I got to the table this afternoon. I played this ten times in quick succession last year, with great delight, and since then it has been gathering dust on the shelves as other boxes have been taking over the limelight, not all of which have been remotely as much fun.
Given that I have the expansion I really should be getting to play this more, which is especially the case with the games for which I have the extra bits and bobs, not least because, as with the other Pandemics and the likes of Forbidden Island, I love exploring all the roles and their combinations. This time around it was the Medic and the Generalist on Normal level.
My rustiness was to the fore, but the dice were also pretty harsh to me, and before very long I was fighting outbreaks and infections and all sorts of ailments, desperately tring to amass samples in order to attempt to find a cure. Somehow even here my rolling was way down at the bottom of the charts, so not only were my action dice stored away in the hopes of finding a cure but I was consistently not rolling enough to make any progress.
In the end I went down to a solid defeat with only the single disease cured, although I had aquired samples for another two and was hopeful of holding out for some kind of win, but it was not to be, even if it was delightful to be back in the company of this light and fast iteration of a classic. Often I find that dice games are merely rehashes of the original, and not necessarily for the better, but this really does feel like its own thing, and it certainly should not go a year before its next play.
When I am not putting notes on paper I like to play. Here are my scribblings.
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