When a Board Game Becomes Reality

Okay, I know we are all tired of hearing about COVID-19, but unfortunately it is something that isn’t going away any time soon. Today I want to talk about one of my favorite board games, Pandemic, and how it could be a fun outlet for our current pandemic that we are living in.

Pandemic was released in 2008 and since then has sold more than 2 million copies. There are also 3 expansions for the game, Pandemic: On the Brink, Pandemic: In the Lab, and Pandemic: State of Emergency.

In Pandemic, you play as a team trying to eradicate the world from four deadly diseases. Either you all win, or you all lose. There are seven possible rolls that you can play as; dispatcher, medic, scientist, researcher, operations expert, contingency planner, or quarantine specialist. Each roll has their own unique traits.

Pandemic offers an easy set up which is something that I love in board games. Gameplay takes about an hour. I love this game because everytime you play, it is completely different. Whether that be because you have decided to play as a different roll, or because it’s a different disease attacking a new part of the world.

To win Pandemic, you and your team must successfully rid the world of all the diseases. This means that you must have good communication with your teammates. While in-person game nights are probably delayed for a bit longer, I encourage you to check this game out once it’s safe to meet face to face with your squad again.

Have you played Pandemic? Own any expansions? What is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. As always, don’t forget to check out our sponsors for some snacks and gaming gear and use 101militia at checkout for a discount. Stay safe and wear a mask, we will survive this Pandemic!

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