Tag Archives: Pandemic

[Going Solo] Does Board Game AI Need Rules Too?

Once again, I like board games I can play solo. When I hear a game has a solo mode, it immediately ups the value to me. I can’t always get people over to play a game so giving me more options on ways to use the game is what matters.

But they aren’t always good and not every game has a well thought out solo player mode.

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I Can Deal #039: Disorganized Chaos…Board Game Chat Edition

After too long, we are back! To ease back into the swing of things, a disorganized, organic chat about board games felt in order. One of the giggle twins joins the show along with Robin. Hope you stick around for the chat, it goes places. Got a topic with board games you want to hear us talk about? Let us know in the comments or via social media @NTBoardGames!

Intro by @Astrostasis

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Rising 5: My Pandemic Killer

Pandemic is considered by some to be a staple in one’s board game collection. It is easy to play, can be challenging, and cooperative. But as I’ve expressed earlier about the game and being very unimpressed with Pandemic Legacy Season 1, the game is not in my collection. That is why I was excited when I got this game.

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Pandemic really a solo game?

One of the biggest games out there, Pandemic is a game that I would comfortably says resides with Catan. But recently I got to thinking about how the game works and what it happening. I think the fact that there is only one path of successful moves towards the end of the game kind of points out flaws.

Perhaps the reason why Pandemic can be the pinnacle of Alpha Gamers is because it is really a single player game that is dividing up some of the actions amongst multiple people?

Think about the last time you won or nearly won a game of Pandemic, how often were there really a variety of options for your turn? Or was it more of the group/others saying, “you have to do XYZ on your turn so we don’t lose?” I find myself biting my tongue from time to time to let the players have “their own turn” but they could bring certain doom!

I’ll leave the puzzle aspect for another time but Pandemic might not be the great, group game gamers might think it is.

This has been “Dork Rambles,” a quick blurb about random board game thoughts I have that hopefully gets you thinking as well as I.