Pandemic

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Pandemic
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Board Game published by
Z Man Games
No. of Players 1 - 4
Session Time 30 - 90 mins
First Publication 2008
Essential Books Rule Book
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Pandemic is a board game wherein the players must work together to defeat Papa Nurgle by discovering cures for four diseases that are spread around the globe, all the while making sure that these diseases don't grow out of control and create pandemics. Each player is randomly assigned a role at the start of the game with a special ability and they must work as a team to beat the game. Super competitive players will NOT like this game as you win or lose as a group.

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. At the end of each players turn they must draw a number of cards from the player deck which can provide useful abilities and the means to cure the diseases but sprinkled throughout this deck are the Epidemic! cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases' activity. A second, separate deck of cards controls the "normal" spread of the infections.

Known for its difficulty and decent mechanics as well as generating a tense, exciting experience, Pandemic is a game where the losses are cool stories and the victories are talked up for years.