PANDEMIC The Boardgames Lady reviews this tense boardgame
he Pandemic board is a world map, starting with cities already infected with disease. Each player takes on a role with different special abilities. You need to work together to cure for all four diseases before you all lose in one of several unpleasant ways. Aside from the obvious novelty of playing together rather than against each other, this game has a lot going for it. It’s very quick to play, sometimes playing in under half an hour. It is very well balanced, with both victories and losses generally very close. The difficulty can be increased, so you don’t get bored when you get good.
You need to work together to cure for all four diseases before you all lose in one of several unpleasant ways.”
On each player’s turn they take four actions, draw two cards, and turn infection cards to spread the diseases. Everyone discusses the current player’s actions, although they have the final word them-
Boardgames Lady plays boardgames whenever she can and has done for as long as she can remember. She owns more than is probably reasonable and prides herself on matching games to players. She’s also been known to dabble in CCGs, RPGs, LRPs, LARPS, and computer games and organise things so other people can play boardgames.
selves. Hands are not open, but you can share information, and you will probably lose if you don’t. There are five different roles. Each role is essentially a specialist in one of the basic actions. Since the
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