Pathogenesis is a deck building game in which players take on the role of bacterial pathogens attacking a human host.
The pathogens must survive the body's powerful immune response, adapt in an ever changing environment, and evolve to take on virulence factors to increase their attack, defense, and other abilities so that they may do enough damage to defeat the body before the human host becomes immune and all the players lose the game. .
The game is highly scalable, allowing players to choose their level of difficulty and the length of game they wish to play.
Pathogenesis blends the feel of center-row style deck builders such as Star Realms and Ascension with mechanics based 100% on real science, simulating the roles of pathogens and the immune system at each phase of the game.
Modes of play include solo, competitive, cooperative, team play, and classroom.
Who might like this game? Avid gamers, fans of deck builders, medicine & science enthusiasts, teachers and students from high school to college level and beyond.
How To Play
Pathogenesis is all about building pathogens to withstand the punishing immune response and defeat the body. The pathogens put in play stay in play (until destroyed by the immune system) allowing you to continue to build them and attack the body each turn, unlike most deck building games where all cards are discarded at the end of your turn.
You begin the game with your own personal deck of 10 cards:
These cards allow you to gain and use genetic value to acquire stronger pathogens, trait cards, toxin cards, and environment cards. The upgraded cards acquired on previous turns will cycle back into your hand on future turns allowing you to play them on existing pathogens increasing their attack, defense, and other abilities.
The pathogens' first task is to attack the body and breach the body's defense barriers:
Once the body's defensive barriers are breached, the immune system activates and your pathogens must survive the body's powerful immune response each turn before you are able to damage the body and take victory points.
The initial immune response is dealt from deck 1. When this deck runs out the discard pile is shuffled into immune deck 2 to form the final immune response. If players do not meet the game end damage condition before the final immune deck runs out then the body declares immunity and all of the players lose the game.
1 to 4 Players
30 to 60 Minutes Playing Time
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 25 July 2017