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Alex Eaton-Salners
United States
Lake Forest
California
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10
Nov 2009*
Hands down my favorite new game of BGG CON 2007. We played it 5 times in a row -- it's just that good. Too bad Pandemic won't be in stores until January of 2008. If you like pure coöp games (Lord of the Rings, Feurio, etc.), this should be right up your alley. Having 5 roles to choose from gives the game some extra variability. Also, once you get good you can ramp up the difficulty by adding more Epidemic cards.

9 -> 10
2009-11-05
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Aaron Lawn
United Kingdom
Llangefni
Anglesey
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Oct 2008*
I tend to either love or easily tire of co-op games. Pandemic joins Knizia's LoTR as my favorite true co-op. It edges LoTR out merely in time to set-up and play. LoTR can be an undertaking to explain enough details so that players enjoy their first time through the game, while Pandemic is fast enough that even if the players don't quite get everything that is going on, they can try again immediately.
2008-02-11*
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lee perry
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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Feb 2009*
FANTASTIC game. First play had us hooked. Super accessible rulebook, short and well illustrated. Can't reccomend this game enough. Great theme, co-op elements are well tied together, loads of interactivity, what's not to love?
2007-11-26*
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Matt Leacock
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Apr 2009*
I'm a bit biased. :-)
2007-11-27*
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Marshall Miller
United States
Malden
Massachusetts
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10
Jan 2011
This is an amazing co-op game. I play mostly with my wife and this is a game that I can't really imagine getting tired of. Win or lose, I usually want to play again immediately. On the Brink and the fan-made expansion from on ArtsCow add much more variety and good game play, only enhancing an already great game.
2010-03-03
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Steve M
Canada
Toronto
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10
May 2015
Favourite: Co-op

Save the world, or die trying over and over again. One of the few co-op games I'm a fan of. Excellent strategic fun for two, although with four it can get tough to have everyone making their own decisions, as one under utilized turn will lose the game for everyone. I will continue to play this with two and an occasional four player game, although it would be better with experienced players. Never tried the terrorist variant, although the game is hard enough as it is.

60-90m, 2-4 players. 20+ plays.
2015-05-31
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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10
Apr 2009*
Hey! I can finally rate this game I've been playtesting on and off for a couple years. I really like Pandemic, it's the best cooperative game I've played since Lord of the Rings. The key is in the pacing; the game successfully ratchets up the tension as infections spread and outbreaks pop up all over the place, and the players fight a race against time to conquer the various diseases. The game is just a perfect length, about 45 minutes, and the endgame tension is just right - the game doesn't end before it's over. The different roles give the players significantly different prisms through which to look at the game, which is helpful in cleanly driving table-talk and discussion without phony artificial restrictions like Shadows over Camelot had. All in all, this is finally another good cooperative game that gamers can enjoy. It's not as deep as Lord of the Rings, but it's also simpler and shorter and should be accessible to a wide variety of players.

Gamers should probably bypass the "easy" game and go straight to the standard game.

If you'd like to tweak the difficulty a little bit without going straight to Heroic level (which can be pretty tough) try starting the infection rate marker on the second or third space.
2008-02-14*
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Greg Denysenko

Rochester
New York
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10
Dec 2008*
Love it- great fun with my son. 2 plays so far and looking forward to more!
2008-02-17*
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Mike Dunker
United States
San Jose
California
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10
Feb 2008*
Fun, fun game. Strategy is required, but definitely accessible to non-gamers. Have played it 2 player with my 5 1/2 year old son (using 4 roles and open hands), and he thinks it is his favorite game now. Played it 3 player with my son and my 8 year old daughter, and it was great too. Also very much enjoyed a solitaire game playing 3 roles. This will definitely be one of the most played games for the next few months. I originally rated this a 9.5, but I can't figure out why I took off half a point.
2008-02-18*
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kevin long
United States
Portland
OR
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10
Feb 2009*
I don't know how they balanced this thing. Absolutely amazing. We have a ball finding new ways to look at this cooperative game that stands high above the rest.
2008-02-19*
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David Cortright
United States
los altos
California
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10
Feb 2008*
Best collaborative multi-player game out there. period.
2008-02-19*
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Brian Schlichting
United States
Elk River
Minnesota
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10
Nov 2008*
(25+ plays)

Who can play? Family game for 2-5 players.

Finally a cooperative game that I can play with anyone. Work together to stem the tide global pandemic. Played again and again with family and friends from age 25-65, and there's only a few other games I do that with.
2009-05-17
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Zee Garcia
United States
Homestead
Florida
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10
Jul 2009*
A thematic, brisk game that is well balanced and creates palpable tension. Currently, (and for the foreseeable future to be honest) my favorite board game. A wonderful addition to my collection, and possibly most collections.

Own the "On The Brink" expansion (which is a must) and the "In The Lab" expansion (also very good).
2014-09-04
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P Haine
United States
San Francisco
California
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Feb 2008*
The best cooperative game I have played! Highly recommended.
2008-02-22*
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Mark
United States
Poughkeepsie
New York
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10
Jul 2013
When this game first came out I followed it closely. I even listened to a Google Talk that the designer of the game gave. Honestly, I didn't get it. I couldn't tell if it was just another one of these co-ops that ends up being *essentially* "Go Fish" (e.g., Lord of the Rings, Shadows over Camelot). Also, there were reviewers who were writing that every play was obvious and mechanical. Well, I played this for the first time at GenCon '09. Z-Man had sold out by the end of Saturday, so I bought a copy as soon as I got home. It's that kind of game. In ease of rules to interesting outcomes, I'd rate it similarly to Ticket to Ride. The rules are incredibly simple, and very, very tight. What the rules don't capture, though is that ambiguous dimension of tension. Some games are able to produce it, some aren't. Pandemic's the latter. This was true of a bunch of adults (at GenCon), and has been true with my two daughters (11 and 14). It's a similar feeling to Twilight Struggle: you never have control over the board, and things can deteriorate very, very quickly. Me, I like that kind of game, and I'd rank this as the best pure co-op that I've played so far. Finally, it is simple enough that my daughters have pulled it out on their own when their friends have come over. I think Z-Man has got a "classic" on its hands here.
2009-08-24
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Terri
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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10
Dec 2012
Tried this game at PrezCon on Saturday. It's a co-op game which appealed to me because it's nice to play different types of games. I enjoyed it very much and I hope I get another chance to play it again soon!
2008-03-02*
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Jeff Bowen
United States
Brooklyn
NY
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10
Dec 2010
A great co-op game with a fantastic sense of accomplishment when you beat it.
2011-01-29
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Tor Inge Johannessen
Norway
Vestby
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10
Feb 2015
Took us 7 years to beat the game. (Original version).

Probably the best team based board game I've ever played. And it's evil!
2015-05-13
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Mark Casiglio
United States
Bethany
Connecticut
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10
Feb 2011
Right now it's a nine, but I'm close to moving it up to 10. My experience with cooperative games is that they lose their excitement after a time and the ratings dip ... but this one is starting at a very high point. Tense, short and fraught with peril ... Pandemic is one of the best theme-to-game marriages that I've come across.
2008-03-02*
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Vincent Frattali
United States
Spokane
Washington
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Mar 2008*
Highly addictive game. Have won even the heroic game more than once. All the roles have value but my wife sure loves the medic! Very good gaming investment.
2008-03-02*
Rob McFadden
United States
Cherry Hill
New Jersey
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10
Aug 2009*
Pre-order: Boards & Bits

I actually have the urge to do something I've never done before on BGG - rate a game before I've played it. That's how pumped up I am for this one!

Got it today (2/20/08). I opened it up and the components look fantastic. I'm going to count the cards as suggested by another BGG user. Then... time to save the world!

UPDATE: I had a similar problem with the cards - 2 player cards for St. Petersburg, none for San Franscisco. I will email Zev to rectify.

I played my first game, and it was amazing! Tense, fun - I won on my last turn. I played solo with the Ops Expert and Scientist, at the Intro level. Very fun! I'd say it was as tense as LotR, with a more satisfying theme (but then again I am a physician). I will introduce my wife to it tomorrow - she saw it laid out an was interested, which is a rarity. I will update how the couples play goes.
2008-03-03*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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10
Mar 2008*
A doctor's kind of game. Par excellent!
2008-03-04*
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Stephen Tavener
United Kingdom
London
England
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10
Mar 2008*
Very tense, very tough, and good cooperation mechanics. 100 games in, we're still finding new and interesting ways to lose.
2009-11-13
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Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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Nov 2010
The best co-op game in our collection, hands down!

Placing the shuffled Infection Discard pile on top of the remaining Infection Draw pile adds quite a bit of angst to this game by giving the appearance of a relentless repeat epidemic in previously infected cities. I like the option of determining game level during set-up with the player Draw pile too. At the moment we're having quite a bit of fun with this, both as 2 & 3-player games.

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2009-12-31
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Todd Furler
United States
Whitehall
Pennsylvania
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10
Mar 2008*
I think this is one of the best-designed cooperative games I've come across (aside from the design of the board itself, which gets far too cluttered with pawns, research stations and plague cubes).
2008-03-09*
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David Anderson
United States
seattle
Washington
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10
Nov 2009*
What cooperative games should strive to be. A great theme that anyone can approach. Easy to learn rules. Fine components. Scalable difficulty. Great fun. We have named our virus' Blue is H1N1, Black is Ebola, Yellow is Anthrax, Red is SARS, and Purple is West Nile.
2009-11-10
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Nat Fu
United States
Kansas
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10
Mar 2008*
Excellent cooperative game.
2008-03-14*
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Xi Bi
China
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10
Mar 2008*
Maybe the best coop game, yet.
2008-03-14*
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Scott Alden
United States
Dallas
Texas
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10
May 2009*
The shuffling mechanic in this game is a work of genius. One of the greatest co-op games ever made.
2009-05-09
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Ray Jankowski
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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10
Mar 2008*
Fantastic cooperation game.
2008-03-16*
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Sebastian Sohn
United States
culver city
CA
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10
Jun 2010
An exciting game.
2008-03-18*
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Daniel Rocchi
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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10
Jun 2008*
Challenging, addictive, and my girlfriend will even play it.
2008-06-01*
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Clay Blankenship
United States
Huntsville
AL
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10
Feb 2014
Great game. It just speeds along. There are just enough different things you can do to make interesting choices without bogging the game down. It's a fun cooperative puzzle to solve and there are different approaches to victory.
2008-03-21*
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Grognard David
Belgium
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10
Jan 2009*
fun, quick, difficult and friendly.
2008-03-22*
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Chris Norwood
United States
Graham
North Carolina
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10
Jun 2008*
An excellent game that captures its theme very well. Players work together to cure all four major diseases before they destroy the world's population. Pandemic is very challenging but still fun, and can accomodate from 1-4 players. There is a nice balance between the different abilities, and the infection mechanic is just brilliant. It's also highly replayable and quick, usually finishing in around 20-35 minutes. It's the best game of 2008, and one of my only perfect 10's!
2010-05-17
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Marc B.
United States
Palm Bay
Florida
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10
Dec 2009*
Great game. Theme and mechanics work wonderfully together. I can't recommend this game enough if you enjoy co-op games. If you don't like co-op you probably wont like it. If you don't work together you WILL NOT WIN.

My only gripe is that the board/map should have had bigger city spaces to allow for cubes and pawns to be grouped more clearly. It still works but the obsessive/compulsive in me wants each cities "stuff" inside the city...
2008-03-26*
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Thomas Cauet
France
Paris
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10
Nov 2010
Simple cooperative that mix what I like in the genre...
2012-09-06
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Ben Long
United States
Missouri
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10
Jul 2009*
Excellent cooperative game.
2008-03-29*
John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Sep 2012
This is a tense cooperative game. The higher the IQ of your group the more likely that you will win. It is a real test of risk management versus the odds. I won thi game at the toughest level.
2009-09-22
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David Campo
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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Jul 2009*
Susanne Ardila
2009-03-06
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Daniel Szukalow
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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10
Apr 2008*
4/2/08 - there are not very many good cooperative games that I have come across which has struck me like this one has. Well done and fun to play!
2008-04-07*
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Dean Longo
United States
Bayville
New Jersey
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Apr 2008*
I originally rated this as a 9 and had to raise it to a 10. The game is so amazing. It's really simple to learn (the rules are short and simple) and really easy to teach. I have not had one game where someone said "hey, this is a grey rules area...." because it is all so simple and clear. But the game is anything but easy. Some games, we get blasted in 15 minutes while others go right down to the wire and we win or lose by a thread. Tense, fun and highly addictive. Since it plays in 45 mins (max), people always want to keep playing until they win. And everyone who plays with me seems to run out and buy it. This is one of the best games I have ever played and I have played quite a lot. Give it a shot if you have not already done so.
2008-04-03*
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Doobermite
United States
East Fallowfield
Pennsylvania
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10
Oct 2013
Intuitive gameplay that's elegant and tense.
2008-04-06*
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Alex Boxall
Canada
Cambridge
Ontario
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10
Feb 2011
After several failed attempts at this game, our group finally seem to have "clicked"... We have even moved up beyond the beginner difficulty setting!
2011-10-05
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Frank Feldmann
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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10
Nov 2011
This hasn't produced a boring game yet, though I have only played it a few times. So far, everyone has liked it. This is the best co-op I have played (in my limited experience). I believe it is because no one ever has to "take one for the team". That has caused tension for us in other co-ops.

I really like the mechanism wherein the infected cities are up for further infections after an epidemic. This just ups the tension level, which is sustained throughout the game.

I think part of what makes this game work is he wide variation in player powers. This helps give everyone a stake in what is going on, and a real role to play, since no one else on the team can duplicate the role nearly as effectively.

This was definitely a good purchase.

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Update:

I am amazed at how close these games consistently are. Having played this nearly 20 times now, games are nearly always close. This is just a great game.

See my full review at:
http://sofrankly.com/2011/04/saving-humankind-from-death-and...
2013-10-25
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Koby Shachar
Israel
Rehovot
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May 2009*
Video (in Hebrew) - How to play:
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2009-10-27
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Nicolò Blotto
Italy
Muzzano
Biella
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10
Feb 2011
5 games played in a row is a record per se. Being the most innovative game of the last years in the year Agricola has been released is another thing worth mentioning. This is a great game, with a system that ends up simulating the spreading the plague thing so well with some very simple and clever rules. Get it. NOW.
2008-04-19*
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Jamie Patterson
United States
Tomball
Texas
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Jul 2009*
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2008-04-19*
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Robin
United States
Wilmore
Kentucky
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10
Oct 2012
Wonderful co-op game fighting plagues.
2012-09-15
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Jan 2009*
A very solid cooperative game about fighting back a pandemic. Very easy to learn. The game play is very fluid and captures the theme. Although it is early, it may be the best of 2008. Awards: Tric Trac d'Argent (Silver) 2008;Meeples Choice Award, Game of the Year (2008); Origins Awards, Board Game of the Year (2009); Boardgames Australia Awards Winner (2009); BGG Golden Geek - Famliy Game (2009).

Game Played: #16690.
2013-02-06
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