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Addictive Play and Contagious Diseases

Posted By Prucia Buscell, Thursday, June 3, 2010
Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Want to save the human race from being wiped out by deadly diseases?

Pandemic is a new multi-player cooperative board game that that lets up to five players test their skills at halting the global spread of fatal afflictions and absorb some science at the same time.Play the Game, a story by Richard Grant in explains how it works. You start at a CDC research lab in Atlanta. Four deadly diseases are represented by 96 wooden cubes of four colors. Other pieces include 59 player cards, 48 infection cards, reference cards, a stack of city cards, and some special circumstance cards. An epidemic card-and there are six of them-can cause a chain reaction of disease outbreaks in cities all over the world.

An interesting thing about this game is that the players all win or lose together, and they have to work really hard collaborate against rapidly proliferatingpathogens.If all the cities in this global game become infected, which can happen fast with adverse circumstances and inopportune timing and strategies, everyone loses. There are no dice, and players have to respond to random events created by shuffled decks of cards. They alsohave to consider the strengths and weaknesses of their colleagues. Players are assigned roles with differing abilities. A medic, for instance, may be able to treat infected cities more effectively than other players, but the researcher can change cards with greater ease than other players. A dispatcher can mover other players around, an operations manager can build research labs in any city, and scientist needs only four cards of the same color to "cure" a disease. Other players need five.
Several reviewers say it's addicting for adults. Elaborate rules could make it frustrating for young children. Watch a demonstration onYouTube, Click here for the story and read reviews by game geeks and scroll down on the Amazon site to read reviews by other players.

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