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Saving the World in Pandemic (Game Review)

Intro

Pandemic

Pandemic 2nd Edition cover.

Like many children close to my age who grew up in the days before tablets and smartphones became electronic babysitters, board games were a major part of my childhood. Standards like Monopoly, Connect 4 and Hungry Hungry Hippos always made for a great time.

Fast forward to the present day and my interest in gaming had been relegated to time tested card games like Uno and more recently, Phase 10. A good friend of mine suggested I watch a YouTube series called Tabletop hosted by Wil Wheaton, perhaps best known as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation or Gordie Lachance in Stand by Me.¬† The game in question involved dragons, and I’m a big fan of dragons ladies and gentlemen.

Each episode of Tabletop revolves around Wheaton playing a board or card game with celebrities which essentially serves as a means of promoting the game in question. After watching one episode, I was hooked and have now become something of a board and card game aficionado constantly researching games that are both fun and require a bit of using the brain.

Pandemic was played during one episode and although I’m generally terrible and don’t particularly like¬†strategy games I was intrigued by the premise. And that, ladies and gentlemen is where the review begins. (more…)