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Pandemic the Board Game

Pandemic the board game is perhaps one of the best cooperative board games ever published. Learn more about Pandemic to decide if this game is the right game for you or if it would make a good gift for someone you know.

Find out more about the type of game it is. Check out the gameplay rules. Learn some strategic tips to winning the game. 

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    Game Profile

    Pandemic, created by Matt Leacock, is an addictively fun board game in which all the players work together to eradicate four diseases from the world, each threatening to wipe out a region. 

    Made for two to four players, age 8 or older, each player can choose to be one of the following roles: a dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher, or operations expert. The game takes about 10 minutes to set up. To play one game can take about 45 minutes. The skills used most in playing this game include...MORE tactics, logic, and planning.

    There are several expansions, including Pandemic: On the Brink; Pandemic: In the Lab; and Pandemic: State of Emergency, which add several new roles and special events, as well as rule adjustments to allow a fifth player or to play in teams. 

    Z-man Games, the game producer, has released free-to-download scenarios with additional changes to the base game. As of 2018, those scenarios are "Isolation," and "Government Shutdown."

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    Who Would Like This Game?

    As a cooperative game, Pandemic provides a refreshing change of pace from most board games. Rather than competing against each other, players all have to work together to try to defeat the game. This makes Pandemic a fantastic game for players who do not like overly competitive games, or players who normally might not enjoy a board game because other players always beat them. In Pandemic, everyone can share in the victory.

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    Work together as you travel the globe to treat infections while collecting the cards you need to discover a cure for each disease. But the clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues.

    Z-man games give this game description:

    Each player manages a hand of cards matching the colors of the four diseases. These cards allow them to travel more quickly between cities or—if a single player can collect five cards of the same color—discover a cure for a disease. But plenty of...MORE challenges stand in their way. 

    If you have misplaced the rules to Pandemic, want a quick refresher, or are thinking about buying this game but want to know more about how to play, check out this summary for gameplay will help you understand the rules. 

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    Deadly diseases are quickly spreading all over the globe in Pandemic, and you'll have your hands full just trying to stay alive working together with your fellow players.

    Over the course of the game, players use actions to move between hotspots while treating diseases and setting up a network of research stations that help them cure diseases and make movements more efficient. Outbreaks can spread diseases across the board and random epidemics can intensify a disease at a moment’s notice. 

    One...MORE of the keys to the game is being able to avoid outbreaks. So, getting your opening three hotspots out of the danger zone should be high on your priority list when you start the game.