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What a game! Even our 6 yo son loves it and can sit through an entire scenario
on August 29, 2013
We were introduced to Pandemic from a friend a few weeks ago. They perfectly described the game and recommended that we visit Wil Wheaton's Tabletop Game website ([...] to watch how it's played. Wil played an earlier version, but we understood the basics and purchased the game immediately. The only thing missing from the video are the awesome petri dishes that Wil uses to store the virus cubes in - I'm going to have to find a way to pick those up locally.
Ok - so if you're not sure what Pandemic is about, watch the video on Tabletop Games first. In a nutshell though, Pandemic is a game that pits all the players against the board. The board tries to kill everyone on earth with 4 different types of diseases (my son called the black disease cubes "zombie disease"!). Every player works together (T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R.!!!) to stop the board from winning - it truly is a cooperative game.
You start off by picking a character type (medic, dispatcher, researcher, etc...), infecting random cities across the board, and then begin curing and eradicating each disease. The rules shift as you progress: for example, curing a disease makes clean up of left over disease cubes much easier.
The kicker here is that new infections constantly appear at the end of every turn. Just when you think you've got a disease under control, a new infection shows up, causes an outbreak spilling new cubes to neighboring cities, and you quickly find yourself (again) behind the 8-ball. So exciting!
A quick note about pricing - we found Amazon had the best price. If you can wait for shipping, I highly recommend buying here.