Originally published at: https://pbg.geektherapy.com/2018/09/17/pandemic-legacy/
Today we played Pandemic Legacy Season 2. This was our first go at the legacy portion of this game. We did play the prelude a couple weeks ago just to re-familiarize ourselves with the game. To start you get a pretty small map and some pretty basic skills. In the prequel, we set up our character cards which were pretty cool and the guys really enjoyed being able to customize their character and make it “their own”. All the guys were pretty excited about this and have been anxiously waiting to play this game. I can’t speak too much on the gameplay as I would have to spoil the game for people who have not played it, so I won’t do that here. What I can say is that this is a game that you unlock as you go. You complete objectives as you play the game together which unlock and reveal new cards, rules, map pieces, and other cool items. I personally have never played a board game like this before and I must admit, it’s pretty freaking awesome.
The coolest part about this is how everyone is invested in working together. This game requires a lot of communication and teamwork. I think the first playthrough is setup to be one of the easier playthroughs and we still barely made it. It was neat how there was so much tension at the end of the game and some of the guys were scrambling to figure out how to best solve this problem and make it to the end of the game. There were a few times where guys were talking over one another trying to say their piece about what they should do. At one point one of the guys had to interrupt another to advocate for his peer so that he could be heard. The other guys respected him and let him speak. Turns out he had a great idea and we were able to go with it. This is a stark contrast to the last time we all played a game and those two got into an argument. This time they were respectful to one another and nothing came of it. We didn’t have the opportunity tonight to discuss how that was different or what was going on, but when we meet again I’ll be bringing that up. Unfortunately, we had to start group late, due to some other obligations and had to cut short a little early. Needless to say, I was not able to have my weekly conversation.
All in all, it was a really good group. Everyone got along, everyone was engaged and were able to work together and work through some challenges along the way. These are the sort of experiences that give me hope that guys are capable of being successful, even in tricky situations. It’s all about mindset and your willingness to work. I have noticed with this game that even though it’s hard and can be frustrating at times, it has such a huge carrot at the end that it makes you want to be successful and put your differences aside. This mimics something that I have seen so many times in my career with this agency. If you put people in the right situations and you give them a clear and obtainable goal that THEY are invested in, they are capable and usually willing to work for it, even when faced with challenges that have caused them trouble in the past. I know this is just a game and it’s a controlled and “fun” environment, but I feel like if you practice and experience positive interactions and behaviors in any way, they will begin to form into real habits and you will see improvements. However, if you do not promote and acknowledge these achievements and experiences I feel like they can be lost along the way. Therefore I feel it’s so important to have those discussions about your successes and failures in life and reflect on them as often as you can.
Anyway, at the end of the game we were able to achieve our goals and unlock some new parts of the map and some new cards. We are all excited to see how this goes and see where the story takes us. It’s neat because you are not allowed to look and so many things are hidden. You don’t know where anything really is and it’s not until you unlock certain parts of the game when you are able to figure out what to do next. It’s cool and really smart. So far it’s been a lot of fun. We are all anxious to play again and see what new thing we can uncover.