Matt Leacock

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Matt Leacock
Matt Leacock - Lucca Comics & Games 2018 02.jpg
Matt Leacock at Lucca Comics & Games 2018
OccupationGame designer
Notable work
Pandemic,Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert

Matt Leacock is an American board game designer, most known for cooperative games such as Pandemic, Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert.[1][2]

Matt designed Pandemic, published in 2008 by Z-Man Games[3]. Leacock had previously worked as a developer of social media[4] and as a user experience designer, primarily in community and communications products[5] for AOL and Yahoo.[6] He switched to designing board games full time in July of 2014. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, which Leacock co-designed with Rob Daviau, has been rated very highly among board gamers and by the website Board Game Geek on its board game rankings.[7][8] His latest games are Pandemic Fall of Rome and Forbidden Sky (both released in 2018).



5% of Matt's royalty for Pandemic products is donated directly to Medecins Sans Frontieres.[9]


  1. ^ "Games". Matt Leacock Games. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  2. ^ "Matt Leacock - Game Designer - Profile". Home. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
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  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Alex (June 30, 2016). "This Board Game Designer Isn't Sorry About Taking a Big Risk". Time Magazine. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Duffy, Owen (January 16, 2016). "Pandemic Legacy review: Emotional highs and agonising lows". The Guardian. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  8. ^ Anderson, Nate (March 12, 2016). "Pandemic Legacy is the best board game ever—but is it "fun?"". ars technica. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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