A Guide to Demoing Pandemic

I’m really becoming a fan of cooperative games. There’s something about having a board game that has the same type of camaraderie that we’re used to in an RPG like D&D or more obscure Tunnels and Trolls.

and at the top of the heap is Pandemic.

Pandemic is a cooperative game where everyone plays members of a disease control team during a variety of outbreaks.   

This game has amazing production values, and just plain pretty, but also has simple rules.   In fact, I barely needed to write a guide to demoing.   You can pretty much follow the instructions out of the box.

However, I did find some things to improve on.

Guide to Demoing Pandemic

Pandemic on Board Game Geek


The one complaint that I do have about Pandemic is the expansions are sequential, and I purchased the third expansion before the second, and found out I was missing some parts.   There’s a work around, but honestly, that’s kind of cheesy.   On the box there was one line (in small print in the middle of a paragraph) where it said that the expansion was dependent upon another expansion, but I missed that.



Guide to Demoing Forbidden Desert

If you haven’t played, or seen played Forbidden Desert, you are really missing on something.   Gamewright games has written an amazing game that’s a sequel to Forbidden Island.

In this cooperative game where player’s play adventurers who have been stranded in a desert where they have to “dig out” the parts to an airship and build it and fly away.

Forbidden Desert on Board Game Geek

A Guide to Demoing Forbidden Desert

Guide to Demoing Tsuro

So one of the additional “jobs” (non paying) that I’ve taken on is doing Demo’s of games at my local gaming store.  (Like I’m not busy enough).

One thing I’ve realized is that a lot of the rule books for games just don’t do a particularly good job at getting a person playing a game quickly.

So I’ve started writing “guides to demoing” which are short documents (4 pages or less most of the time) that get a person playing a game quickly.

Seems like should post them.

Tsuro is an  amazing game.   The rules are simple, and very rarely do you find games that support 8 players realistically.

So here’s the first one:

A Guide to Demoing Tsuro

Yes it’s a Google doc…deal with it 🙂

If you are curious about Tsuro check it out on Board Game Geek

If you have suggestions, feel free to comment.