Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pandemic!

I have to rush off now to play Pandemic Legacy, because my friends and I are addicted to this crazy board game and we are playing it with all of our available free time.

If you've never heard of it, firstly, congratulations on being less of a geek than me.

It's based on plain old Pandemic, which looks like this:


That's a map of the world, with major cities marked as potential sites for outbreaks of disease.  The diseases are represented by cute little plastic cubes.  The rules are many and complex, but basically your job is to work together with the other players to cure all the diseases and save the world.  That's the neat thing about it; everyone plays together against the game, instead of competing against each other.

That doesn't mean that it's a peaceful, friendly game.  There is plenty of arguing about strategy.  Every move is potentially debatable, and often is.  Sometimes the arguing starts before the game even officially begins.  That's okay.  That's what makes it interesting.

Anyway, plain old Pandemic is fun, but the game makers kicked it up a notch with Pandemic Legacy.  It's a game set that comes with stickers, which you use to permanently alter the board or various cards after each game:


That's right!  Each game you play alters the scenario for the next game.  There's even a story that you work through as time goes by, printed in tantalizing little bits on these cards:


Sometimes the cards instruct you to open "secret dossiers":


(These have important information written on the reverse side, but they are hidden because SPOILER ALERT.)

Or even mysterious, numbered boxes:


I could tell you what's inside some of these boxes, but then I'd have to kill you.

Anyway, it's all very exciting, and no one wants to miss any of the action or revelations.  So when a text message invitation arrived inviting Ken and I to an unplanned gaming session this afternoon, we did not hesitate to accept.  

Have a great day, and watch out for coloured cubes; they might be contagious.

8 comments:

DarcKnyt said...

And even in rushing off to save the world from horrific disease, you manage a brilliant and entertaining photo essay. Spark, you are genuinely a woman of many, many talents and skills. :)

Have a great time. Is this game also fun in smaller groups, say 4?

Sparkling Red said...

Yes, in fact plain old Pandemic has a maximum of 5 players, and the Legacy version maxes out at 4. We have more people around the table, but some folks have to play as teams.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm glad you are having fun! I can't get into any board games because basically I'm crap at them.

Granny Annie said...

Whatever happened to playing Marbles or Jacks?

G. B. Miller said...

Sounds like the modern version of RISK.

G.B. Miller

Vanessa T said...

What fun! Saving the world from bad things - sounds right up your alley, Spark!

I hope you don't catch the bug you mentioned. What irony - to get sick while playing this game!

I'm glad you have such fun. :D And post great pictures in the process!

Lynn said...

I've never heard of that game, but it sounds fun.

Jenny Woolf said...

Ooh, looks like fun. I am always surprised what fun it is to play board games, normally I never get around to doing it except at family gatherings. I haven't tried this one.