Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.258: Pandemic - Reign of Cthulhu

Using occult powers (the nature of which I dare not speak), I have managed to procure a copy of Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu a couple of days prior to its UK release date (this Friday). For those unfamilar with this, Pandemic is a hugely popular co-operative boardgame in which players seek to cure diseases before the outbreak of a global pandemic; this is effectively a retheming of the game in which players act co-operatively to thwart the efforts of cultists - clustered around Arkham, Kingsport, Dunwich and Innsmouth - who are seeking to bring sbout the return of the Old Ones. Not only is the original Pandemic an excellent game, it is incredibly easy to learn and play (not to say fast - a typical game lasts about 45 mins - 1 hour) - as well as being incredibly tense. For all intents and purposes, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu looks to be a very accessible, fast-play version of Arkham Horror (a game notorious for lasting 4-5 hours), so I'm rather excited about this. Indeed, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu was one of the topics of discussion at a recent Lovecraft Scholars meet-up, at which other exciting matters were also discussed - more of which in the future...

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