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Feb 7, 2015

Pandemic The Cure designed by Matt Leacock is a dice version of the popular game about saving the world from disease. Players tackle familiar roles but in an unfamiliar setting (dice). Each role has specially crafted dice with different symbols that help the players derive their own stategies. Players can roll and re-roll any dice as long as it doesn't land on a biohazard symbol. The diseases have also taken on the form of dice that are rolled to determine which region suffers. The dice bring a chaotic element to the game without losing any of the tension of the original game. This game was an instant purchase for me.

Our discussion focused on how Matt was able to create a successful dice version of his massively popular Pandemic without losing any of its tension. We also discussed the growing reach of Pandemic through Z-Man's Pandemic Survival, the "Pandemic" Game Party, Pandemic Legacy, and future possibilities for the franchise.

This looks to be a big year for Matt Leacock. Be on the lookout for Pandemic Legacy, Thunderbirds, and Pandemic State of Emergency in 2015. To purchase a copy of Pandemic the Cure, you can visit Z-Man's website or your FLGS.