Pandemic: Rising Tide announced then pulled by Z-Man Games:
For clarity: Z-Man announced this game and then pulled the announcement due to Hurricane Harvey. We've opted to still bring you the news, whilst also including information on how to donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (wherever you are).

Storms are brewing and the sea is growing restless. Will your efforts be enough to stem the rising tide?

Z-Man Games new Pandemic board game is set in the Netherlands which literally means "lower countries". For centuries, the Dutch have relied upon a series of dikes and wind-powered pumps to keep water from invading their lands, around 50% of which are below sea level and fairly flat.

"In Pandemic: Rising Tide, you and your friends play as a team of Dutch civil officials helping to modernize the water containment system. Your ultimate goal is to construct four hydraulic structures that will ensure the safety of the Dutch people for generations to come. To accomplish this task, however, you must first buy yourself enough time by building dikes to control water flow, ports to facilitate travel, and windmills to pump the water out of flooded lands. But proceed with caution. A single misstep could send water spilling across the countryside. Choose your actions carefully, work as a team, and usher in the Industrial Age!"

Yup, in Pandemic: Rising Tide, you're stemming the flow of water, not the flow of diseases. It's an interesting tweak to the well known game system. Pandemic: Rising Tide features the same great cooperative gameplay as other Pandemic titles, but adds new mechanics and of course a new setting. There's also new objective cards, creating a unique scenario every time you play.

Pandemic: Rising Tide comes to us from Matt Leacock and Jeroen Doumen.

2 – 5 players 45 – 60 mins 8 years+

As mentioned at the beginning of this news item, the announcement was pulled, but we've chosen to post it. We would like to add that our thoughts are with our US friends and if you can afford to, donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. We include different options below. Aussies can donate too.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund run by the Mayor of Houston.

The Houston Food Bank are also asking for donations.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are experiencing critical shortages, so if you're able, get that done.

The Texas Diaper Bank is also looking for donations which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.