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Board Games at Odum: Pandemic Family

A guide to help you navigate Odum Library's board game collection and the world of gaming.

Pandemic Family of Games

Pandemic

You and your fellow players are members of a skilled disease control team. You must work together to prevent disease outbreaks before 4 deadly diseases (Blue, Yellow, Black, and Red) contaminate humanity while discovering their cures. You and your teammates will travel across the globe, treating infections while finding resources for cures. Pandemic is a cooperative game. The players all win or lose together. The goal is to discover cures for all 4 diseases. The players lose if: 8 outbreaks occur (a worldwide panic happens), not enough disease cubes are left when needed (a disease spreads too much), or not enough player cards are left when needed (your team runs out of time). Each player has a specific role with special abilities to improve the team's chances. 

Players

2-4 players

Time

45 minutes

Themes

Family, strategy

Mechanics

Cooperative game, hand management, set collection, variable power players

Pandemic: Contagion

You are the disease. There is no cure. For too long has the human race assaulted diseases. For too long has mankind found cures and other means to eradicate them from the planet. Now, the diseases are fighting back and humanity doesn't stand a chance! Will you be the disease that exterminates humanity? 

Players

2-5 players

Time

30 minutes

Themes

Family, card game

Mechanics

Area majority/influence, hand management

Pandemic: Iberia

It's the mid-19th century and diseases are spreading fast on the Iberian Peninsula. Your mission? As members of The Second Royal Philanthropic Expedition, you must research deadly diseases: malaria, typhus, cholera, and yellow fever. From Barcelona to Lisboa, you will travel by carriage, boat, and train to help the Iberian populace. In addition to treating patients and sharing your research, you will develop railways and purify water to help you contain the spread of disease. Outbreaks and epidemics spread the diseases at an alarming rate. Can you save humanity?  

Players

2-5 players

Time

45 minutes

Themes

Family, strategy

Mechanics

Cooperative game, hand management, set collection, variable power players