Rachael and I spent our Labor Day weekend doing a number of things.  One of them was learning and playing the board game Pandemic, to the point that I’m already somewhat obsessed with it.

The game reminds me of Risk, which I played frequently as a teenager.  But the twist here — and it’s a perfect one for a competitive husband and competitive wife — is that the game is cooperative.  Disease spreads across the board, and players are tasked to defeat it rather than each other.

This is multiplayer without the need for graphics cards and artificial intelligence.  Instead, chance is created by your own hand: shuffle the deck, strategize, and hope for the best.