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Best Known For::

Matt Leacock is best known for the cooperative board games Forbidden Island (2010) and Pandemic (2008).

Other Games:

Other games designed by Leacock include the dice game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age (2009) and the race game Lunatix Loop (2000). He has also designed an expansion for Pandemic, On The Brink (2009).

First Published Game:

Leacock's first published game was the limited edition kingdom-building game Borderlands (1995), which was published by his own company, Locust Games.

Awards:

Pandemic was named the 2008 Family Game of the Year by Games magazine, and it was nominated for a 2008 International Gamers Award for Multi-Player General Strategy Game. It was also my pick as the best board game of 2008.

More About Matt Leacock:

According to a biography on his web site, Leacock started designing games as a teenager. "Typically, I'd get some lame mass market, tv-show-of-the-year game, get frustrated by its mediocrity, then try to do better on the reverse side of the board with a magic marker," he said.

In 2008, Leacock spoke about the design of Pandemic at a Google Tech Talk. I highly recommend this lecture for anyone interested in the process of designing a board game.

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