I recently had the pleasure of playing Pandemic! It was so much fun I thought I'd share a little bit about the board game.
The basis of the game is that there are several viruses on the loose, and the world has to discover their cures in order to survive. It's a healthy challenge as there are numerous ways that the virus wins and only one surefire way for the world to win.
There are various roles with various talents (i.e., a researcher who can build a research facility in any city), and - here's the neat, unique feature of the game - the players must work TOGETHER to win! I love that! It's not an every man for himself game, but rather the opposite: every many for everyone.
If you're interested in learning more about the game, check out Board Game Geek Pandemic Page.