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Pandemic - Review
(Originally published in BoardGame-Reviews.com)

Published in 2008, Pandemic is a type of game where players cooperate with each other to travel around the world and attempt to prevent a world-wide outbreak of dangerous diseases!

Pandemic:

* Designed by: Matt Leacock
* Published by: Z-Man Games
* Number of players: 2-4
* Playing time: 45 minutes
* Player ages: 10+

As far as board games go, play time of this game is fast and allows players to set various levels of difficulties by adding or removing special "epidemic" cards.

A Quick Overview

At the CDC (Center for Disease Control), you have been informed that there are several outbreaks of four different and deadly diseases. As you watch the screen, you see major cities around the world being infected.

It is your mission to work with your fellow specialists at the CDC to control and find cures for these diseases.

Each player will be assigned one of five roles: Medic, Scientist, Researcher, Dispatcher and Operations Expert. Each of these specialized roles provide the player with certain abilities which will be used during the game to fight the outbreaks.

At the beginning of the game, nine random city cards will be drawn.

* Place 3 infection makers on the first three cities
* Place 2 infection markers on the second three cities
* Place 1 infection marker on the last of the three cities

Now the game begins...

Game Play

Game play is fast as each player performs three steps. First, each player will take up to four actions, then draw two player cards and finally draw a card to indicate a new infected city.

A player may use up to four actions among the following choices:

* Move from one city to another
* Build a research station
* Discover a cure
* Treat a disease
* Share knowledge

During the player’s actions phase, other members of the team will give suggestions on where to travel and how to best treat diseases.

The tension in this game arises when a player draws an "epidemic" card which causes all the cities that were previously drawn to be reshuffled and put on the draw pile. This means that any city that now was previously infected will be infected again!

If there are more than 3 infection cubes in a city, then all adjacent cities will now be infected!

Summary

Pandemic is a cooperative board game which means that either all players win or all players lose. If you like games where you have to work with other players to solve problems, then Pandemic is a game that you will enjoy.

The level of interaction in this game is quite high and the game play is easily explained to younger players.

Another bonus of this game is that players will often ask to play another game soon after!

Also, it is fun to try to beat the game on progressively harder levels by increasing the number of "epidemic" cards in play.

Happy gaming.
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