Transylvania: Curses & Traitors creators return with pathological deckbuilder Pathogenesis

03 October 2016
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New title from Jamie and Loren Cunningham casts players as bacteria attacking a human host and attempting to survive response of immune system

If you’ve ever found yourself sympathising with the plight of Pandemic’s disease in their struggle to wipe humanity off the face of the Earth, a new deckbuilder could be just the thing for you.

Pathogenesis is the new game from Jamie and Loren Cunningham, the designers behind last year’s gothic exploration title Transylvania: Curses & Traitors.

Up to four players take on the roles of bacterial pathogens attacking a human host, while attempting to fend off the response of the body’s pesky immune system. By adding new cards to their deck, players will evolve their disease into new strains, attempting to defeat the body before it becomes fully immune.

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More than 100 cards are included in the box, illustrated by scientific art firm somersault18:24.

The game can reportedly be played in solo, competitive and co-operative modes, with difficulty and game length both customisable, with a standard game coming in between 30 and 60 minutes long. The mechanics are based on scientific research into pathogens and the immune system, adopting a centre-row gameplay style similar to Ascension.

A classroom play mode is also supported to allow the game to be used as a teaching tool – Jamie Cunningham (PhD!) is herself a professor of biology and says that inspiration for the game arose from seeking a way to teach her students.

At the time of writing, the game has raised more than $22,000 on Kickstarter, passing its original $20,000 goal, with 25 days to go. $39 will net you a copy of the title, with a release expected in June 2017.


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