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" WIL WHEATON: Most of the time
we're playing games to escape the real world. But some games are so much fun
we play them even though the game world is so much scarier
than the one we are hoping to leave behind, a game where the
players are the only thing that stands between life and
horrible, shivering, puking, bleeding, miserable death. Today on tabletop my friends
Robert Gifford, Ed Brubaker and Morgan Webb are here, for
a game that we don't so much play as desperately
hope to survive.
Wash your hands and put on a
face mask, because we are the world's last, best hope
to stop a pandemic. Pandemic is a cooperative
game, where we all work together as members of a
disease-fighting team that is headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia. Now, we're not the team
you're thinking of-- unless you're thinking of a
team I just made up, that lives together in a van in a
parking lot across the street from the CDC. Our goal is to travel around the
world treating localized outbreaks and epidemics, to
prevent them from joining together into a global
Eh? See? It's not just a clever
name, it actually describes the game. Each turn, we will perform
four actions. Basic actions, like moving
around the board and treating disease, or special actions,
like discovering a cure or using a player's special,
unique ability. Then we will draw cards from
this deck that should help us, and find out where the disease
is spreading next. Now there are many ways to lose
in Pandemic, but only one way to win.
And that is by eradicating
all four diseases. Remember that deck that
I said should help us? That deck contains the most
dangerous, awful cards in the entire game, epidemic cards. These tell us where epidemics
have happened, which can lead to outbreaks that will spread
around the globe, leading to our inevitable defeat. Pandemic is incredibly
intense. It's exciting. It's unbelievably difficult. But I've had more fun losing
this game then I have had winning a lot of others.
Now we will find out if we win
together or if the entire world dies, because it is
time to play Pandemic. MORGAN WEBB: My name is Morgan
Webb and I host a TV show on G4 TV, and it's called X-Play. ROBERT GIFFORD: My name is
Robert Gifford and I own the company Geek Chic, and we make
geek furniture and accessories for geek living. ED BRUBAKER: My name's Ed
Brubaker and I am a comic book writer and screenwriter. I write for Marvel Comics, I
write Captain America for the last seven or eight years.
I wrote the famous "Death of
Captain America" storyline a few years back. WIL WHEATON: In the official
rules of Pandemic the person who goes first is the person
who was most recently sick which, for our purposes, I think
is a little pedestrian. Sorry, Matt, love you, but
I have a better idea. Who has had the most outrageous,
crazy disease? Like, who's had the
worst sickness? I'm going to go first. In 2009, at PAX Prime in
Seattle, I got the swine flu. ROBERT GIFFORD: I actually
also acquired the H1Nerd1 virus from PAX.
WIL WHEATON: Oh, right on. ED BRUBAKER: H1Nerd1. MORGAN WEBB: Actually,
I got that as well. And remember-- I don't know if you remember,
on the PAX website they tracked the flight that
it came in on. And then they tracked all the
flights that it came out on. And of course I was on one of
those outgoing flights. WIL WHEATON: I was on one of the
outgoing flights as well. Wait, so we all got
the PAX flu? Really? MORGAN WEBB: The PAX pox.
ED BRUBAKER: But I, in 1990,
had repetitive strep throat for six months, where I would be
sick with strep throat, and I would go to the hospital to
the emergency room and they would give me medication. And I would get better for like
two weeks, and then I would be sick again. So I woke up one day and my left
eardrum had burst, and I was bleeding all over
the pillow. WIL WHEATON: I think
you go first. ROBERT GIFFORD: Winner. WIL WHEATON: Yeah.
Winner. I think Ed goes first. ED BRUBAKER: Yes. I win. I win! WIL WHEATON: Alright. So normally, when we play
Pandemic, at this point in the game we would draw some cards
and figure out where the infection is on the board. But you don't want to watch
that, so we did that before we all sat down.
So the initial big infection
cities-- it looks like it's Miami, London, St. Petersburg,
and then there's some other little things around
the globe. We should talk about our
roles real quick. I'm the scientist, Ed's the
researcher, Robert is the dispatcher, and Morgan
is the medic. MORGAN WEBB: I'm the healer. WIL WHEATON: Yep. That's nice. ED BRUBAKER: The healer. WIL WHEATON: So we are all
starting out in Atlanta.
Ed, you're up. So you got four actions. How would you like
to spend them? You can walk to Miami. ED BRUBAKER: I can
walk to Miami. ROBERT GIFFORD: Drive. Take a bus. WIL WHEATON: Yeah. ROBERT GIFFORD: With a
lot of other guys. WIL WHEATON: You could ride on
a donkey, if you wanted to.
ED BRUBAKER: Alright. I'm going to go here. How many of these
can I take away? WIL WHEATON: You
can take one-- MORGAN WEBB: Take one-- ED BRUBAKER: One for
each action? MORGAN WEBB: Yes. WIL WHEATON: Two, three, four. You can take away all three
of them, if you want to. ED BRUBAKER: I can take
away all three. OK.
Morgan and I, I guess,
had both not played the game before. Wil and Robert both have played
this game so many times, apparently. WIL WHEATON: The fact that the
very experienced players and the brand new players are all
working together so well illustrates why I love
cooperative games. Alright, so let's flip your
cards and see what you get. You've got-- ooh, a good card. MORGAN WEBB: Ooh! Special event.
WIL WHEATON: A specia event. ED BRUBAKER: So-- OK. So I will save this until
we need it then, right? And then I get a second card. WIL WHEATON: And then your
second card is [INAUDIBLE]. ED BRUBAKER: Whoo. And I get to keep that. Alright. WIL WHEATON: And now let's
find out where the infection spreads.
Morgan, you want to put
a blue in New York? MORGAN WEBB: I don't really. But I'm gonna go ahead
and do that. WIL WHEATON: OK. I will put a black in Kolkata
which I believe is here. The first turn is over. OK, Robert, you're up. ROBERT GIFFORD: OK. So I'm a dispatcher, so I can
move other people around. Which seems like a good idea. I think I'm going to just
launch Morgan out to London, if I can.
ED BRUBAKER: Yeah, I was gonna
say, you should be shipping Morgan all over the world. ROBERT GIFFORD: My role, I'm
just kind of putting people where they need to go. I'm the dispatcher, and I fly
people to locations where they need to be. WIL WHEATON: We have a really
good combination with the dispatcher and the medic. And Robert's able to get Morgan
where she needs to be, and we can get a lot of stuff
down pretty quickly. So let's see what
cards you get.
Jakarta and Algiers. OK, so we're spreading
infection now, right? Alright. So Ed, why don't you put
a red on Seoul up here. ED BRUBAKER: I like that
they're above the city. It's like they're hovering in
the atmosphere, waiting for a good rain to bring it down. WIL WHEATON: Morgan,
you're up. MORGAN WEBB: I'm so excited. OK. So for my first action, we're
going to clear London.
WIL WHEATON: Morgan's special
ability as the medic is that she can clear all the cubes of
a disease out of a city. MORGAN WEBB: I'm
pretty awesome. WIL WHEATON: Yeah. In one action. MORGAN WEBB: So my
second action. My third action. And then my fourth action. ED BRUBAKER: Oh my God. Wow. WIL WHEATON: Wow,
ED BRUBAKER: Yeah, we're
totally going to win. MORGAN WEBB: Fortunately, I'm
playing as the medic. This is more of the healer,
the support character. So they are able to move me a
lot of places, and then I just kind of pick up disease. I feel like I'm helping, I feel
like I'm being awesome. WIL WHEATON: OK, so Morgan,
you get Manila. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, Manila. MORGAN WEBB: Very nice. WIL WHEATON: There you go. MORGAN WEBB: Always
WIL WHEATON: And you get-- epidemic! ED BRUBAKER: Oh, come on! Morgan! MORGAN WEBB: That was
not my fault! WIL WHEATON: Oh, and for
everyone watching at home, if you have played Pandemic
before, you can set the difficulty of Pandemic by how
many epidemic cards you put into the deck. You can play on sort of an easy
level, where there's two or three epidemics.
You can play all the way up to
the legendary level, where there are six epidemic cards
in the "it's going to help you" deck. MORGAN WEBB: And guess what
we're playing on. WIL WHEATON: Legendary! ROBERT GIFFORD: That's right. ED BRUBAKER: Wil informed
us we're playing on legendary status. So I guess that's really bad. WIL WHEATON: The first thing
you do is you move the infection rate indicator
up by one thing.
Now we infect. This is a great mechanic. This is one of the absolutely
amazing, wonderful things about this game. MORGAN WEBB: And be great
you mean terrible? WIL WHEATON: No, I mean
it's terrific. Every city in the game is
represented one time in this infection deck. So we go into the
infection deck. We take the bottom card off the
infection deck, and then we find out that this disease
will now spread in Beijing.
So put three cubes on Beijing. Alright. Now what we do is the step
called intensify. This is where we take
the discard pile. ED BRUBAKER: Intensify! WIL WHEATON: We shuffle the
discard pile around. MORGAN WEBB: Fine, it
is a good mechanic. Whatever. WIL WHEATON: No, it's great. Isn't it a super-great
mechanic? MORGAN WEBB: No,
it is really-- a lot about this game
is really clever.
ED BRUBAKER: It's totally
funny when it's not happening to you. WIL WHEATON: Are we satisfied
with my shuffling-- MORGAN WEBB: I am satisfied. WIL WHEATON: Of these cards? ROBERT GIFFORD: Only once
we see the results. MORGAN WEBB: Yeah. WIL WHEATON: There's
not a lot of cards. I can't really riffle it. I These go back here, and
that is the end of that. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, so places that
have already been sick can get sick again.
WIL WHEATON: But now-- MORGAN WEBB: There's only 17
more epidemics in there. WIL WHEATON: We spread
the infection. Alright, so. MORGAN WEBB: That's
my good luck. WIL WHEATON: Mexico City. So put one cube on Mexico
City, which now has two. MORGAN WEBB: I don't know
what I'm looking for for good luck here. WIL WHEATON: You're looking for
not Beijing, that's what you're looking for.
ED BRUBAKER: You're looking
for not Beijing. MORGAN WEBB: New York. WIL WHEATON: New York. MORGAN WEBB: OK. WIL WHEATON: Now it is me. I am the scientist. The scientist's special ability
is that I only need four cards of the same color to
cure a disease, instead of the usual five. So I'm going to go to Chicago,
and say hello to my friends who live there.
What's up, [INAUDIBLE]? MORGAN WEBB: What's up guys? WIL WHEATON: Good to see you. And then I'm going to
go to Mexico City. ROBERT GIFFORD: Say hello
to your friends there? WIL WHEATON: I'm like,
seriously, you guys, wash your freakin' hands. MORGAN WEBB: Hola. WIL WHEATON: OK, I'm
gonna go there. And then I'm going
to come to Miami. MORGAN WEBB: We actually tried
to make a strategy for this game when we first started.
We thought that we were going
to cure the yellow disease. WIL WHEATON: OK. You're up, Ed. ED BRUBAKER: So I-
am going to-- does this count as an action
when I give you stuff, or is it just part of my character? WIL WHEATON: I believe
that is-- shared knowledge is an action. So that will be two
actions for you. ED BRUBAKER: So I'm going
to share those.
WIL WHEATON: That's
two actions. ED BRUBAKER: Did you hear
about these places? WIL WHEATON: Two, three,
four, five, six. I am one card away from
my hand limit. That's important. ED BRUBAKER: From your
hand limit, yeah. Don't go over your hand limit. And then I'm going
to cure this-- WIL WHEATON: That's three. ED BRUBAKER: Other outbreak,
and be like dude, I just fixed you.
I am the researcher, so I can go
to anywhere, anyone else's, and just give them my cards. We thought, oh, yellow
looks like it's going to really take over. And we all were starting
to move towards that. WIL WHEATON: And now this
is going to happen. Chennai, in India. That's down here, right? OK, so that's-- MORGAN WEBB: That's too bad.
WIL WHEATON: That's not happy. And Beijing. ED BRUBAKER: Oh! MORGAN WEBB: Noo! WIL WHEATON: Guess
what, everybody? That's a outbreak! So. Put one in Seoul. Put one in Shanghai. And then we should be really
grateful that that's all that happened with that outbreak,
because it could have been so much worse.
ED BRUBAKER: It only
connects to two. WIL WHEATON: And move
the outbreak up one. ROBERT GIFFORD: Up one. WIL WHEATON: And remember, I
said that there are a lot of ways to lose this game. One of the ways to lose this
game is if the outbreak indicator gets all the way up
to that little skull and crossbones, which is the
universal symbol for you just lost the game. MORGAN WEBB: Yes. For bad, bad things
are gonna happen.
WIL WHEATON: Pandemic is a
very unpredictable game. The only thing that you can
predict and be absolutely certain of is that, when you
think you've got things under control, the wheels are going to
fall off your little wagon of curing disease. WIL WHEATON: OK, so. Two actions. I'm gonna clean-- ED BRUBAKER: You can stay
in disease-ridden Tokyo. WIL WHEATON: I'm gonna
MORGAN WEBB: It's
beautiful here. ED BRUBAKER: It's
beautiful here! WIL WHEATON: Do I want to go to
Miami for my third action, and wait there? ROBERT GIFFORD: You're closer to
a research station at that point, so why not? WIL WHEATON: I'm just going
to stay in Miami. MORGAN WEBB: It's beautiful
there too. WIL WHEATON: Yep. It is.
ROBERT GIFFORD: Where
have you gone? You've just like sort of taken
a trip down south, come back up, like, listen-- MORGAN WEBB: We've all
traveled the world. WIL WHEATON: You guys--
you guys, it's winter! I want to stay where
it's warm and nice. What's wrong with you? OK, here we go. Let's find out what
this card is. Be yellow. No! What part of "be yellow"
did you not understand, you [BLEEP].
ROBERT GIFFORD: The stakes of
this game just keep getting higher and higher. You sort of go, mm-- you start to name them
after a while. It's like, hm, that's
clearly Ebola. And that's-- ED BRUBAKER: Yeah. MORGAN WEBB: One of them
is the PAX pox. ROBERT GIFFORD: That's swine--
that's the PAX pox. It's gotta be blue. Blue is definitely swine flu.
And red is the avian flu. Black is zombies, because that's
the-- came out of the Middle East, I'm positive. WIL WHEATON: This happens every
time we play Pandemic. With experienced players,
with new players, you name the diseases. For whatever reason, red
is always the bird flu. And one of the diseases is
always the zombie outbreak. I get to draw one more card. Yes! ED BRUBAKER: Oh, awesome.
WIL WHEATON: That is
good news for us. ROBERT GIFFORD: Fantastic. WIL WHEATON: That is
good, good news. But now-- MORGAN WEBB: It is good news for
the people of the world. WIL WHEATON: This is
less-good news. Chennai is going to outbreak. It's black in Bangkok, and
it's black in Jakarta. So this right here, that's
what we call super-happy-not-good bad news.
ROBERT GIFFORD: And the outbreak
meter moves to two. WIL WHEATON: OK, now-- Kolkata! ED BRUBAKER: Oh, what! ED BRUBAKER: Oh my God, what? WIL WHEATON: OK, so watch
what happens now. Chennai hits to Delhi, Chennai
hits to Bangkok. ROBERT GIFFORD: Is
that two more outbreaks, or one more outbreak? Because the original
outbreak was-- WIL WHEATON: That's
going to be two.
ROBERT GIFFORD: It's
going to be two. WIL WHEATON: Because we
went from Kolkata, and we hit that again. So that's two. ROBERT GIFFORD: Two. Indeed. WIL WHEATON: So this
is super-bad news. WIL WHEATON: Ugh. The worst thing ever was getting
that black zombie plague chain reaction
double-outbreak, because we had one on our outbreak meter
and we went up to four, in just one bouncing
You get up to eight outbreaks
and you lose. So we went from being 90% away
from defeat to halfway to losing, in one turn. Also, another way that you can
lose the game is if you run out of cubes. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, are
you kidding me? WIL WHEATON: Because these cubes
represent sick people. ROBERT GIFFORD: Or zombies. WIL WHEATON: Or zombies. ED BRUBAKER: Or zombies. Those are zombies.
WIL WHEATON: So we are actually
now-- it might not seem like it, but we're actually
at risk for running out of black cubes. ED BRUBAKER: So apparently the
board can kick your ass really easily and quick.y WIL WHEATON: It's the hardest
game in the world. Yeah. ED BRUBAKER: There are so many
places with three that it's just disgusting. WIL WHEATON: This is deadly.
MORGAN WEBB: That outbreak
basically shut down all of our proactive cure plans,
and so we had to go straight defensive. And right now we're basically
just trying to contain all of the outbreaks. And I have to admit to you,
it's not looking good for us right now. ROBERT GIFFORD: I'm gonna
spend a card to fly to Khartoum, and take a cube
off of Khartoum. I think that's my best
play that I can make. So I will fly to Khartoum.
ED BRUBAKER: Oh, yeah. OK. Except for the ones
we already have. WIL WHEATON: I'm gonna go ahead
and do this for you. ROBERT GIFFORD: Draw me some
theoretically good cards. Ugh. WIL WHEATON: How about
another epidemic? ROBERT GIFFORD: Well that
would not be good. WIL WHEATON: That's
not good at all. ROBERT GIFFORD: I threw up
in my mouth a little. MORGAN WEBB: How many epidemic
cards are there? WIL WHEATON: Oh my God.
The infection rate is now
three, everybody. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, come on! WIL WHEATON: So that means we're
drawing three infection cards every turn. Let's find out-- ED BRUBAKER: I thought we
were actually doing really, really well. And then Wil informed me that
we are actually losing. ROBERT GIFFORD: At this point
things are kind of odd. And I feel like I should be
flying you actually to an entirely separate location
on the globe.
MORGAN WEBB: OK. I find this interesting. But go ahead. Because I feel like I am the
only one containing this situation over here. ED BRUBAKER: Yeah, I was gonna
say, she is like the Florence Nightingale of the
zombie plague. ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah. I guess that's true. I just feel-- MORGAN WEBB: I get called
that a lot.
ED BRUBAKER: Either that or
the Typhoid Mary of it. ROBERT GIFFORD: Sure. MORGAN WEBB: Go with the
Florence Nightingale thing. WIL WHEATON: If we survive
this turn, though-- I think Morgan's right. If we survive this turn,
she can wipe out Bangkok and Kolkata. ED BRUBAKER: Yeah. ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah. WIL WHEATON: On her next turn. I mean, if you want
to do that, right? Because you're sort of like-- MORGAN WEBB: It's tempting,
because I'm there, and I just wanna remove those little
things from the board.
WIL WHEATON: They offend
you, I can tell. MORGAN WEBB: I really
don't like them. WIL WHEATON: I know. You are role-playing the part
of the medic very well. MORGAN WEBB: I want naught
but to heal. But what I actually want to do
is try to be a little more forward-thinking, and actually
try to cure some diseases. WIL WHEATON: It's just wooden
cubes on a board, but you care about those little
wooden cubes. And it was bothering Morgan. She was vibrating with energy,
that she was unable to move one more city and save
all those people.
MORGAN WEBB: But I mean this is
definitely my first action. ROBERT GIFFORD: That's one. MORGAN WEBB: That's one. I mean, that's obvious. The only unfortunate thing is I
wouldn't be able to get back to Ho Chi Minh City
if I do this. WIL WHEATON: Right. MORGAN WEBB: Two, three. WIL WHEATON: And you can
move to Hong Kong, or-- I mean, you're getting
closer-- you're gonna be one away from
where you want to be, no matter what.
ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah, but I can
move you actually, on my turn as well. I don't have to just
fly people places. I can move them one. ED BRUBAKER: We may not
get to your turn. ROBERT GIFFORD: What happened
to the optimist? What happened to the optimist? MORGAN WEBB: A minute ago, we
were gonna win this thing! ED BRUBAKER: I am looking at a
serious problem, here, as a researcher. I am not sure we are gonna
make three more turns.
MORGAN WEBB: Every time we
turned a card over we were so afraid of getting that
epidemic card. I mean, just that fear sticks
in your brain as you turn it over, and you're just-- OK, phew. WIL WHEATON: Band-aid, Band-aid,
Band-aid, just like a Band-aid! ED BRUBAKER: Oh. You get to keep that. MORGAN WEBB: Sweet. Oh.
That's seven. ROBERT GIFFORD: You have
to discard one. MORGAN WEBB: OK. WIL WHEATON: And Bangkok. ROBERT GIFFORD: Look at that. You have to discard one, but
you no longer need-- MORGAN WEBB: I'm going to keep
this one, because I feel like we've got some [BLEEP] going on over there. ED BRUBAKER: Shh. MORGAN WEBB: I mean stuff.
Whenever. WIL WHEATON: No, there
is [BLEEP] going on over there. ED BRUBAKER: There's a major
amount of [BLEEP] with this disease,
I am certain. WIL WHEATON: The odds are
really against us. We're probably down by four
goals, with maybe 15 minutes in the third period. And also we're the Los
Angeles Kings. It is my turn. I'm going to go one,
The zombie plague
has been cured! So now, what this means is that
anyone that anyone who goes to a place with a black
cube can treat it the way Morgan can. We can wipe it out. If we get all the black cubes
off the board, that disease is then sunsetted. MORGAN WEBB: That would
be amazing. WIL WHEATON: Which is great,
because when those black cards come out it means that
nothing happens. ROBERT GIFFORD: Actually, now,
your ability is that any place that you walk through,
you cure every cube.
MORGAN WEBB: No! ROBERT GIFFORD: Yes. ED BRUBAKER: It doesn't even
count as an action. ROBERT GIFFORD: Not
even an action. MORGAN WEBB: But only
for black, right? ROBERT GIFFORD: Just
for black. ED BRUBAKER: So you have
basically switched from Florence Nightingale to Jesus. MORGAN WEBB: This is
the best game ever. ROBERT GIFFORD: Flo-Jo. ED BRUBAKER: Flo-Jo! WIL WHEATON: I have
one action left.
ED BRUBAKER: If Wil went
to Miami, then you could fly me to-- oh, but that's not gonna-- I can get to Miami in my turn. ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah. You'll probably just walk over
and give him a yellow card. ED BRUBAKER: Yeah, I can just
walk over to Miami. ROBERT GIFFORD: That's
fantastic. ED BRUBAKER: I'm Jesus, too. MORGAN WEBB: Was Jesus
ever in Miami? ROBERT GIFFORD: This
is a bad-- ED BRUBAKER: [INAUDIBLE]
talk to the Mormons.
MORGAN WEBB: Guess it depends
on who you ask. ED BRUBAKER: Yeah. There's a Tony award
in that question. WIL WHEATON: There's a lot
of Jesuses in Miami. MORGAN WEBB: They're
named Jesus. WIL WHEATON: I'm sorry,
I'm sorry. My bad. ROBERT GIFFORD: I need to fly
Morgan to the research station for sure, right? WIL WHEATON: Morgan, would
you like to go to the research station? MORGAN WEBB: I would love to
go to the research station.
Look how cozy and wonderful
that place looks. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, because she's--
oh, now she can-- MORGAN WEBB: Because I am about
to cure some disease. I had the red cure in my hand. People were gonna name their
children after me, because I had eradicated one of Earth's
great scourges. ROBERT GIFFORD: I think that my
next best move would be to go and kind of deal with
Santiago a bit, I think. WIL WHEATON: I agree. ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah, OK. ED BRUBAKER: There's some
drug muling going on.
ROBERT GIFFORD: One,
two, three. And then I'll take a cube
off of Santiago. WIL WHEATON: OK. ED BRUBAKER: Just look
the other way, dude. MORGAN WEBB: I don't-- it's really unfortunate that
that just happened. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, come on! It's even spinning! MORGAN WEBB: I know. It's mocking us. ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah.
WIL WHEATON: It's so-- why you gotta be like
that, epidemic card? Alright, here we go! ROBERT GIFFORD: Fortunately,
there's a lot to shuffle. ED BRUBAKER: Are they
all the same? WIL WHEATON: We are increasing
the infection rate indicator. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, yeah. WIL WHEATON: We are drawing a
card off the bottom of the deck, which is Milan,
in Italy. And now there's so many cards,
I'm gonna do this. MORGAN WEBB: Three, right? ROBERT GIFFORD: Mm-hm.
MORGAN WEBB: Afraid you
were gonna say that. WIL WHEATON: Alright. So listen. Before everybody yells
at me, this is technically Robert's turn. OK, ready? ROBERT GIFFORD: Alright. MORGAN WEBB: OK. WIL WHEATON: Khartoum OK. ED BRUBAKER: Just one? ROBERT GIFFORD: Yeah.
ED BRUBAKER: Oh, OK. WIL WHEATON: London. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, God. ROBERT GIFFORD: Oh,
no, no, no! ROBERT GIFFORD: Yep. ED BRUBAKER: Oh, no. And then Madrid hits
everywhere. MORGAN WEBB: And now Madrid
goes like this, and we're out of blues. WIL WHEATON: Madrid hits here.
ED BRUBAKER: And we
lost the game. WIL WHEATON: Madrid
hits London. ROBERT GIFFORD: I
think that we-- I think that we go to skull. WIL WHEATON: We lose the
game, actually, in two different ways. We lose the game on outbreaks,
and we lose the game on-- what did we decide that was? Swine flu? MORGAN WEBB: The game was
actually going pretty well. We had a lot of really good
draws there towards the end.
We had cures on the horizon. We're like, we are gonna
win this thing. And then we totally failed. WIL WHEATON: I'm not
even afraid of the zombie outbreak anymore. Even though it came up and it
threw its worst at us, we kicked the zombie apocalypse
in its undead nuts. It was H1Nerd1 that did us in. Everyone, we did the very
best that we could. We tried-- ED BRUBAKER: But Matt Damon-- WIL WHEATON: We tried to save
the world from the puking [BLEEP] death flu.
ED BRUBAKER: Zombies-- WIL WHEATON: We did
stop zombies. ROBERT GIFFORD: But H1Nerd1
cannot be stopped. WIL WHEATON: Yeah, turns
out that the PAX flu-- so whoever was patient
zero at PAX in 2009, this loss is on you! Alright, let's go to the
couch of defeat. Pandemic box, you get
to go downstairs to the victory wall. Try not to gloat. Well, we did our best.
MORGAN WEBB: Tell that to
those people down there. WIL WHEATON: The people
that Robert killed? MORGAN WEBB: Yeah,
those people. ROBERT GIFFORD: Hey, easy! Easy. I think we all killed them
together, all right? MORGAN WEBB: It was your turn. I think, for the record,
it was your turn. ROBERT GIFFORD: Team effort. WIL WHEATON: I just want
to point out-- ED BRUBAKER: That people suck,
and they deserved to die? WIL WHEATON: No.
No, no. I just want to point out that
we really did have a lot of fun losing that game. MORGAN WEBB: That is true. WIL WHEATON: That was great! ED BRUBAKER: How much fun did
the game have beating us? WIL WHEATON: Well, I'll
find out when-- ED BRUBAKER: I think
we had more fun. WIL WHEATON: Maybe. I'll ask the game when I go
downstairs to talk to it at the wall of victory.
Right before I punch
it in the face. Listen, you guys, we don't
like anyone to go home empty-handed when you come
and play on Tabletop. So we've given you
a parting gift. There was bubonic plague
in your water. MORGAN WEBB: That is so sweet. WIL WHEATON: I know. MORGAN WEBB: You think
of everything. WIL WHEATON: I do. ROBERT GIFFORD: Is
that swelling? ..."
Description from Amazon: Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.
Pandemic Board Game
$19.80 - View on Amazon