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Pathology is a quick 3-6 player deduction game with hidden roles!
The year is 1953, the year where the structure of our genetic code has been seen by human eyes for the first time. It is a time of progress and discovery!

However, tensions rising between the world’s two most powerful nations have brought overseas collaboration to a near standstill as a fine layer of mistrust falls over the globe. This could not have come at a worse time. A powerful disease is running through the entire human population like a scalpel through a specimen.

It is up to you to use your research to determine which disease is attacking the populace. Through conferring with other scientists, you can begin to paint a picture as to what the pathogen’s properties are and ultimately, identifying the culprit organism. Be on the lookout for corrupt scientists who have been backed by third parties to use whatever unscrupulous means necessary to find the pathogen first!

Object of the game:

Pathology is a deduction-based game in which you try to guess a hidden card’s name by using whatever information you can find.
Each card represents a deadly pathogen that could cause a global outbreak!

The game starts with one pathogen selected randomly from all 24 and is placed face down in front of all the players.

Each player will start the game with a hand made up of the remaining pathogens to help you use deduction to determine which pathogen is infecting the world.

Players then take turns asking about the pathogens in each other's hand to try and figure out which pathogen was placed face down at the start of the game.

Players can also give up some information about the cards in their hand in order to peek at other player's cards.

Watch out for the hidden Corrupted Scientist! They can lie about the cards in their hand. If you can guess who it is, you will get bonus points and disable their lying ability.

If you name the disease outright and are correct, the game ends and you get victory points. If you guess wrong, you will lose a few points but you will still have the opportunity to claim victory.

Rules can be found at
Pathology Rules.pdf []

Additional printable score pads can be found here:
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Why buy this?

  • Hidden role card adds significant replay value!
  • 30 min play time with 6 players!
  • Every disease has unique art!




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Publish Date February 28, 2014
Edition First
Department Board Games
Genre Mystery
Theme Mad Science
Setting Alternate Past
Audience Family
Primary Mechanic Deduction
If You Like Clue
More Info Pathology web site

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  • This game does not come in a box.
  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.


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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork


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