While we were out today, we found a tabletop game shop in Milwaukee. Since we love board games, we decided to stop in and take a look around. It was a great shop and had a ton of games to choose from, including a new 10th anniversary copy of Ticket to Ride that comes with upgraded cards, an expansion pack and a new board with incredible detail. Since we have a copy of the game, it was easy to pass on it.
We shopped around a little and came across Settlers of Cataan, which we still don’t have a copy of, but decided against it for now. They had some new, or new to us, expansion packs for Ticket To Ride. The only problem I have with this is that the original game is so good, we hardly ever play the expansion boards.
Finally, we found some new Pandemic expansion packs and a stand alone game. Contagion is a resource management game for 2 to 5 players. While it is a game based on the player taking the role of a disease and eradicating cities around the world, it could easily be anything else. Since it is Pandemic related and the user takes the role of a disease, it might be considered as a little morbid. We played a few rounds and thought it was fun, and I’m sure playing with a larger group could bring some great comedy to a gruesome concept.
Like any game, it took us a few rounds to figure out the mechanics. We then decided to take a look at some videos to understand better. Even after three endeavors, we still found we had a misunderstanding of the rules, and the videos helped to clarify the rules we were unsure of.
Gameplay is pretty quick, taking about 20 minutes to play with 2 people and likely around 40 minutes with 4 or 5 people. It is a great game and nice to have something a little quicker to play.
The game comes with:
5 Tracking Cards – 1 for each disease
75 disease cubes – 15 of each color (disease)
5 petri dishes for storage of of said disease cubes
24 City Cards
12 Event Cards
6 W.H.O. Cards
60 colored Contagion game cards
I really like that they included the petri dishes with this game. It seems crazy, but it is really nice for storage and it’s a nice homage to the fact that the game is focused on diseases.
Overall, we enjoyed the game and I envision us pulling it out from time to time and we will likely take it on the family vacation we have planned for next month.