Just what the doctor ordered …

Glasgow Science Festival: State of Play is an event at this year’s festival which offers the chance to explore, discover and experience science using board games.

As most of the games are modern, designer games they may well be unfamiliar to people. This brief guide is the first in a series which provide an introduction to the games in question, organised by the relevant branch of science. First up is medicine…

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Name of Game

Operation (1965)

Type of Game

Dexterity game

What is it about?

Cavity Sam is unwell! Compete against other players in taking turns to operate and remove plastic objects from Sam without setting off the alarm. The most successful surgeon will earn the most in fees and win the game.

No. of players

2-4 players

Ages

6+

Length of Game

15 mins

Summary

A quick and fun family favourite. Best for those with a steady hand and nerves of steel!

State of Play Rating

3 out of 5

Name of Game

Pandemic (2008)

Type of Game

Co-operative “threat management” game

What is it about?

Players work together to stem the spread of deadly diseases across the globe, while trying to discover the cures and prevent them ushering in the end of the world!

No. of players

2-4 players

Ages

10+

Length of Game

45-60 mins

Summary

A modern co-operative classic. Best for those who work well as part of a team.

State of Play Rating

5 out of 5

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