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Hannah
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Hi I'm new

I've always enjoyed board games but admittedly only really played your mainstream games (monopoly, cluedo, articulate, cranium etc) and only played Talisman quite recently.

I decided I would like to buy a more unusual game and try to convince my friends to play. I have looked into a bit and there's a shortlist of a few I'm interested in, but I thought initially it might be an idea to get one that can be played with just 2 players in case it ends up being just me and my fiance playing!

So I'm down to Xcom or Pandemic for my first purchase, which sound a little similar in spirit to me. We do like the Xcom video game so itmight be nice to support that, Pandemic has more add ons and is a bit cheaper... feeling a bit torn!

Any recommendations for one over the other? Is one better for newbies than the other?
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First off welcome to BGG. It is a great community and I hope to enjoy it enough to add your own touch to it. As far as your question I would go with Pandemic. Dont get me wrong, both are great games but X Com might be just a bit too much to start off with. Pandemic is a great start to anyones collection and I belive you can get many plays without needing to touch any of the expansions. Good luck.
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Never played Xcom but I can toss in a vote for Pandemic. It was my first hobby board game and I really like it.
I think it's good for new to board gaming gamers; I brought it on vacation and played with my Son and Brother in Law and they loved it. after the first game I though they may have had enough but we ended up playing two more games right in a row.

What I really liked was that we spent 15-20 minutes after losing discussing what went wrong, really analyzing our play. Good times.
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John Ziegler
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I much prefer XCom. The time pressure adds an element of tension and reduces AP. My group never plays Pandemic anymore but XCom is in constant demand.
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Welcome aboard,
If you can get a group of 4, I think XCOM takes the cake, but if that number ranges from 2+ I would probably go with Pandemic. XCOM shines with 4, it is ok with less but it seems to be designed for 4.
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Tim Royal
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Welcome!

Having played excessive (some would say, "far too excessive") amounts of both games, I think X-Com is vastly vastly superior.

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I don't think it's necessarily the best game in this circumstance.

Pandemic is streamlined more, though I still wouldn't prefer it two player, and it will be a bit easier to get into the flow of, particularly since every player has relatively similar turn order and objectives.

That said, there's a chance X-Com (since you're familiar with it) is appropriate, but it's very much a complete chaotic experience for four, let alone two, and is absolutely, beautifully, mesmerizing-ly true to its PC game roots in being stressful and tense.

Neither are optimal with two. Both are great. X-Com is greater. And I wouldn't say either one is similar to the other.

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Hannah
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Thanks everyone, I have decided to try Pandemic for now, figuring if we actually play it successfully and love it maybe we'll get xcom too
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I think you made a great choice. My husband and I love Pandemic with 2P and find it both thematic and exciting, especially when we win!
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Pandemic for me.
 
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I have Pandemic and might play it again, but I'd rather play The Cure dice version of it, but right now I'd pick Xcom over it.
 
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