Pandemic Board Game Review
"...as more people are put into isolation in specifically built camps that are guarded by military personnel and run by medical experts and support staff brought in from around the country. The World Health Organization has so far identified five different viruses in this global epidemic. A number of scientific laboratories across the world are working around the clock in an attempt to discover a cure for them all, while teams on the ground travel to infection sites to gather samples and monitor outbreaks." You switch off the TV, because you have to return to your fieldwork and help your team find cures in Pandemic by Z-Man Games.
These days I typically reach for Pandemic Fall of Rome, which is my personal favorite of the Pandemics. The dice combat makes the whole thing less solvable feeling, and the other twists on the formula are really fun too. That said, I'm not one to pass up a game of regular old Pandemic either if someone wants to play it. It's quick, it's fun, and as long as you're not playing with alpha types who want to tell everyone what to do it's a good time. I do think On The Brink adds a ton to the base game, and will generally play with it. I haven't tried the other two expansions but they looked less essential.