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ekulnesro

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Pandemic

80 out of 87 gamers thought this was helpful

My wife and I got this two years ago in Seattle. We spent 8 ours in the store playing Pandemic, Dominion, and Citadels to try them out. This was not my first choice to take home because I’m competitive by nature, and didn’t really think it would be fun if everybody wins, but I was wrong. This game will make you sweat as you work to eradicate the diseases.

I think one of the best things about this game is that it will never be the same, diseases will always spread differently, and those darn Epidemic cards will turn up just when you don’t want them. We once had two in a row and the next one came two turns later, which ended the game. Winning certainly isn’t easy, but the challenge is fun, and if you lose, you lose together.

After a few tries by ourselves, we decided to bring it out for others to play, too. Well, that didn’t work so well. The two of us, mostly me, ended up dominating the game, plotting out which way to go and what diseases to cure next. I don’t think our friends had too much fun that first time, since they haven’t played since.

What really makes the game fun, though, is when you play with 4 people that know the game. We played with two of our friends that are loud and outspoken, and there were a few arguments about the best way to proceed. Four opinions and five epidemic cards makes for a very fun game that often creates a stress level factor usually only seen at Defcon 5!

Pros:
– Tons of replay value
– Different levels of difficulty allow for more relaxed play
(especially if you have just been trounced by the black cubes!)
– Fun from the beginning, but increases with experience.

Cons:
– When playing with a mix of new and experienced players can lead to a game that is managed by one or two people.
– Can get a little aggravating when the diseases win 5 in a row!

Overall, this is a great game that gets better the more you play.

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Dominion

64 out of 108 gamers thought this was helpful

My wife and I played this game for the first time in Seattle almost two years ago! That day we also played Pandemic and Citadels, and ended up purchasing those two because they ended up being easier to play that day, but I have wanted this game ever since. I just got Dominion a month ago, and I’m so glad I did. This is a great game with plenty of replay value. The variability that is provided by the different card sets is one of the greatest assets of this game. Even my Mom picked it up quickly, and she’s not much for strategy board games. This is a game that everyone can get into, and I highly recommend it.

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