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…)