Sunday, June 14, 2020

Pandemic Date Night


One of the things we have missed the most during quarantine has been our weekly date nights!
At-home date nights after the kids are in bed are nice, but they just don't recharge us in quite the same way.
Between pregnancy and life's general chaos, I'm sad to say I haven't been the most creative about planning dates.
We've usually ended up eating take-out in our bedroom while Talmage babysits or watching a documentary (which I usually fall asleep in the middle of).
But a few weeks ago I finally got a little more creative.
I did some searching around online and discovered a game called "Pandemic."
Maybe this game is common knowledge to most people, but I had never heard of it.

A game to match our current global situation?
Perfect!

And lucky for me, Target happened to have one in stock for pick up that day.
I quickly placed the order for in-store pick-up, and after the kids were in bed Sam and I made kettle corn and peanut butter/chocolate bars and we settled in to play.
It had a little bit of a learning curve, but after about 45 minutes we had finally figured out how to play and we were off! It was SO fun--better than I had expected!
The goal is to cure all 4 diseases before the number of outbreaks or infections gets too high.
Different roles (like "scientist" or "quarantine specialist") give you special abilities and with each turn you travel around the board to different cities.
Players work together to compete against the game, and it was surprisingly intense!
We barely won and we weren't even playing with the hardest difficulty.
Sam taught the boys to play the following day, and Talmage and Wesley loved it.
Lincoln, however, was in tears because it was too scary and they barely lost in the end.
He has such a tender heart and just couldn't bear the suspense.

Anyone have suggestions for other board games we should collect for date night?

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