Game of Focus #13 (October & November 2008)


Pandemic and RISK Variants!



Synopsis:
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures before mankind is wiped out.

Players must plan their strategy to work to their characters' strengths before the diseases overwhelm the world. For example, the Operations Specialist can build research stations, which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are breaking out fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while developing cures. If disease spreads uncontrolled, the players all lose. If they find the cures, they win.

The board shows earth with some big population centres. On each turn a player can use four actions to travel, cure, discover and build. Cards are used for this but the deck also contains Epidemics...
# of Players:
2 - 4
Avg Play Time:
45 minutes
Game Mechanics:
Trading, Co-operative Play, Hand Management, Variable Player Powers, Point to Point Movement, Set Collection
Published By:
Pegasus Spiele, Z-Man Games, Filosofia Editions, Wargames Club Publishing
Designed By:
Matt Leacock


Website:
http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/pandemic.htm



Synopsis:
Widely accepted as the first mainstream wargame. Players are given tons of little army units to place onto the map of the world. When it's your turn, you use your units to attack other players' positions, hopefully with superior numbers. Combat is a simple dice rolling affair that stresses attrition, and reinforcements are given to players who collect sets of cards.

The following variants may be played: Classic Risk, Risk: The Clone Wars Edition, and Risk: Godstorm.
# of Players:
3 - 5
Avg Play Time:
90 minutes
Game Mechanics:
Set Collection, Area Movement, Dice Rolling
Published By:
Parker Brothers/Hasbro
Designed By:
Rob Daviau


Website:
http://hasbro.com/risk/default.cfm?page=default