• Pandemic at the Dinner Table

    by  • March 1, 2010 • Board and Wargames, Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    pandemicLast night around the dinner table at Ryan and Sarah’s, civilization came to a quick and terrible end. It started with an outbreak in Washington, and quickly overwhelmed the world.

    No, I’m not talking about exploding politicians. I’m talking about disease. I’m talking about a fun and fast-playing game of Pandemic.

    Pandemic is published by Z-Man Games, pandemic3and allows two to four players to play the roles of CDC officials fighting outbreaks of deadly diseases around the world. It’s a cooperative game, and each player takes on a role which allows them a special power.

    On your turn, you travel to locations across the globe, fighting diseases, curing the sick, building research stations, and working towards creating a cure for one of the four the diseases.


    At the end of each player’s turn, cards drawn from the infection deck increase disease in a location, which can lead to outbreaks that spread to other locations. You only have a limited time to cure and eradicate diseases before their spread overwhelms you and the game comes to an end.

    Pandemic retails for $34.95 and can be found at stores like Phoenix Games and Gifts at 11811 Mukilteo Speedway. For more information, check out the Z-Man games site or BoardGameGeek entry on the game.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.