Vox Republica 119: The Evolution Of A Pandemic

Episode 119

Length: 1:06:22

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DESCRIPTION: This week Erin and Ryan ponder over the Spiel des Jahres nominee choices and then settle in to to talk all about the history of disease with Patient Zero – Matt Leacock, designer of Forbidden Island and the Pandemic game series.

GUEST: Matt Leacock


QUICK TOPICS – (20:05):

  • We didn’t have time for a full preview, so instead we briefly chat about Trick of the Rails, now on Kickstarter.
  • We’ve officially launched our Cardboard Republic Instagram account and monthly site newsletter!
  • We look over the three Spiel and Kennerspiel nominees for 2016 and give our thoughts. Tell us who you think will win!


  • We’ve traced Pandemic to the source by isolating designer Matt Leacock. We know that his name is synonymous with one of the most successful game franchises to date, but to understand how we got here, we dive into the patient’s history to see what it took to make it to this point. These include areas of discussion such as:
    • How he got into the design process in the first place
    • The inspiration behind the creation of Pandemic
      • And what it was like to reinvent his own game
    • His thoughts on the success of the Pandemic line overall
    • The valuation of quality design
    • Why he has a fondness for designing cooperative games
    • What white boards has to do with his latest game, Knit Wit


PLUGS – (1:05:12):

  • Did we mention the site’s new Instagram already? Pretty sure we haven’t.
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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.