: My Favorite Board Game Experience Ever
Pandemic was a groundbreaking cooperative board game that was released in 2008. Players work together to cure diseases that are spreading around the globe. It's a wonderful game, and ushered in the modern era of cooperative board games.
The game has seen many expansions, but in late 2015, the creator of Pandemic released a very different twist on the game called Pandemic Legacy
The "Legacy" term was first used in a game called Risk Legacy
(2011), where new rules and pieces are unveiled (and old ones destroyed) as you play a series of games. Stickers or writing is applied to the board as you win or lose, etc. It was quite a radical idea.
Last week I had the opportunity to play 7 games of Pandemic Legacy with a good friend -- half the campaign.
It was the most compelling board game experience I have ever had. The fact that each game was a continuation of the next, with true consequences to the outcomes, gave the entire experience a completely different weight. Decisions suddenly mattered more than in a normal board game. Having new surprises after every game was amazing. My heart was literally racing and i had to get out of my seat often out of nervousness. I've never taken as much care in weighing my options in a board game.
It was, for a board gamer like me, heaven -- the best board game experience I have ever had.
This is not a game for casual gamers -- but for anyone who is looking to have a unique board game experience that spans a dozen games -- who loves thematic elements, I cannot recommend Pandemic Legacy any more highly. If this is the future of board games we are in for some amazing times. And because we really enjoyed chewing over decisions, my guess is that (at least for me) playing this as a two-player game would be the sweet spot.
10+ of 10. Best board game experience ever.
More on Pandemic Legacy at board game geek: https://boardgamegee...emic-legacy-season-1