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Written by Mike Noel   
Sunday, 09 December 2007
Settlers Of Catan
The Settlers of Catan was the first German-style board game I played and I was totally blown away by it. I heard about the game through one of those silly internet surveys. A mailing list that I'm on passed around a survey asking all sorts of things, including what was your favorite board game. I was amazed when several people on the list all mentioned this game, The Settlers of Catan, that I had never heard of. Considering the rave reviews by those on the list I decided to buy it for the family without ever playing it. It was a risk but it was worth it. We all loved it.
It was later than I learned that this game was in the style called "German style". No matter what the name, it is a fun game to play. Heads and shoulders above any of the family board games I had played up till now. So what makes it different? It's hard to say. I would guess that it has to do a lot with the imagination and creativity that the game provides. Also, the rules are simple enough for most adults to understand but they provide enough complexity and interest to keep everyone entertained.
Each player is attempting to explore and build on the island of Catan. The island is a mix of five different types of terrain: mountains, hills, plains, forest, and clay. Each terrain type creates different types of resources and these resources are used by the players to build roads, towns, and cities. Since all the players are on the same island there is some strategy in making sure to get the best resources before other players do. By trading with other players it is possible to obtain resources that you don't get through the normal resource allocation. In fact, sometimes it is to a player's advantage to try to monopolize all of a particular resource so that they can force all players to trade with them.
The first player to gain 10 points wins the game but there are many ways to get points. This leads to several different winning strategies. The flexibility of the game is one of the things that makes this game so fun and so replayable.
I strongly recommend this game for the whole family. You won't be able to find this game at your local Target or Walmart. Instead, you'll have to visit a local game store or order it online from here.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 December 2007 )
 

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