I recently bought Pandemic Legacy for $69.99.
I’m a HUGE fan of the designers and the publisher. Pandemic is a great game, too, but I actually put the release date of “Legacy” on my calendar, took an early lunch, and bought it the moment our local hobby store unlocked the doors. But let’s get real: it’s just a board game. And that seems like a waste to spend THAT much money on a box of cardboard, right? Well, it is until you think about this:
Games are a form of entertainment. Pandemic Legacy plays like a TV season with rich storytelling that you interact with as you play. But if you were to go, say, to a movie, it would cost you $11 for a 2-hour story. If you have a date, you could see 3 movies together.
That’s 6 hours with one person and no talking.
Pandemic Legacy is a game for up to 4 players. So, you could spend the same amount of money and get ~40 hours together with double the people and infinity the conversation.
This game has only been on the table twice (out of a potential 24 times) and each time the gameplay and the story have not only created memories with the guys around the table but the game has opened up several points to connect with one another.
I like movies, but I’d rather spend $70 on a game that puts you face-to-face with your friends and provides hours of community and memory-making.
If you’ve never considered the board game world before as a way to have fun together, hit me up and I’ll suggest some great entry games. And maybe someday soon you can help me stop the spread of devastating global disease instead of just watching Laurence Fishburn do it.