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The Settlers of Catan
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
This game scores high on both: the gameplay and product quality

Reasonable play time (circa 1.5 hours)
No micromanagement - all decisions are important
Easy to learn, hard to master
Nice design
Durable wooden tokens

Perfect for people willing to occasionally spend evening with friends at home
The only downside: at least 3 participants needed and extension is required for games with 5-6 players.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To start, let me say I've been playing Catan since it came out. I have every single expansion available, including the two-player card decks, and have played the game with as few as two and as many as six people regularly. So, this review has hundreds (if not thousands) of plays behind it.

The game is easy to learn and set up, easy to explain to others (even younger kids) and will be a lot of fun for any family, couples, or random group participation session. When you start, there's more than enough challenge learning the best game strategy to follow, and exploring variations will keep you going for months, if not more than a year, of regular play. When you start to get bored of the basic gameplay, there's expansion after expansion to add complexity and changes in the strategy. (For the record, I find when playing with all the expansions in force, it's not as much fun as the basic Catan and Seafarers together!)

But that's getting ahead of the, ahem, game. Looking just at the base Settlers of Catan game, you'll find this is truly a classic and will be in the top ten of most board gamers for a simple reason: it's a good game. If you've never played Catan, get it. Whether you play as a family, friends, or whatever, you'll love it. And after a few hundred plays, you can expand!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I remember when I was young, playing a board game meant playing monopoly, payday, or risk... and to be frank, I hated it: the strategy can be explained in a sentence, and the winner is decided purely based on the roll of the die. These were the same games that were in every one of my friends house, and so I never wanted like playing board games.

Over the past years board game awareness has been growing, and although there were always great games, recently some great games have become mainstream. Settlers of Catan is one of those great games.

The pros
-There is no player elimination-
(No bankruptcy, no annihilation)
-There is only as much player conflict as you chose-
You can try to block off people's paths, or simply build a route that doesn't interfere
-Players are engaged during other players turns-
to begin each turn a die is rolled, and players who have settled on lands with that number receive wood, sheep, brick, wheat. This keeps player interested in every turn
-Nice balance of luck, diplomacy, and strategy-
The game isn't chess, but it isn't mousetrap: There is enough luck to make Settlers a good family game yet enough strategy that victories will still feel earned.

The cons
-Boring Theme-
the only problem with the game is convincing people that exploring a land of bricks and wheat is more fun than than conquering the world. However, once you they begin playing, they learn that the game is far from being boring.

I recommend this to anyone who has played Hasbro board games and is wondering if there is anything better out there. Although the name, pieces, and theme may seem dry, I assure you that it is more engaging than any game of monopoly you have ever played. This is a game that you will look forward to playing and I hope you give it a try sometime soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2014
Catan is a great game for a more relaxing and less demanding boardgame session. It's easy to learn and isn't overly long or taxing on the brain. It shipped very quickly. My only complaint is that I received 2 extra white road blocks and was missing 2 blue road blocks but that problem was fixable with some sharpie.

The friend who introduced me to Catan owns an older edition; The version I received was a little different but still as colourful and pretty. The edition I bought has no sea hexagons but had interlocking sea tiles- which was a good update since the tiles kept the board together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2014
What I love about this game is that it's engaging all the time. not your typical roll the dice move the mice game. you have to pay attention every time the die is rolled to it's intellectually stimulating and requires strategy.
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on January 17, 2013
This game involves interacting, developing, communicating, sharing, bargaining, negotiating, laughing, competing, observing, planning and numerous other skills. For a teen to adult group, this is a great way to hang out together for a long game of interacting and playing together. We played this in pairs at one outing where there were 8 of us. The game is designed for 3-4 people, but another way to expand the players is to invest in an addition that could also increase numbers of players. One of the younger adults played this interactive game with a group of young people at a camp for international relations. As a teacher, I can see how this game is great for a variety of interactive, communicative learning opportunities. This gives credence to mindful decision making, planning and relating. We laughed a lot and developed new respect for business and management skills. I highly recommend this game for people who like a challenge. I believe that there will be those who do not want to take the time and would prefer a shorter, less challenging game. This great game would draw in most of our friends and family. We were introduced to it by some young 30ish family members and have played from 17 to 60ish in age, and all loved it.
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on January 17, 2014
I purchased Catan after playing with friends and finally getting into it. Its a game that takes some time to understand; a newer player is unlikely to grasp the intricacies their first or second time throw. It's because of the varied strategies and negotiation heavy variables surrounding the game that give it interest and value over the long term. I've heard of workplaces where this game was banned as a lunchtime activity because of resentments built up due to the competitive nature of the product, which to me, speaks of the quality of the tension this game is capable of with the right players.

I'd definitely recommend this game to a friend who was interested in strategy and social interaction.
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on August 3, 2015
This game is famous for a reason. It is highly rated for a reason. That reason is simple: it's a great, entertaining game anyone can learn how to play. Collect sheep, ore, wood, brick, and wheat to build roads, settlements, and cities. Where you build--as well as the luck of the dice--will determine which resources you will get. Trade with other players to get prized resourcesif luck isn't on your side. The board game is different every time allowing for new gameplay and new strategy. A must-have game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
Very fun game. Your game changes with every play if you want it to. It can be a little long but you don't notice the time flying because it's a great game.
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on June 18, 2015
I'm 25 and my friends and I love this game! It's great fun and what I think is the best part, it doesn't take too long like Monopoly or Risk. I don't think I've ever played a game of Catan that lasted longer than two hours and that's with interruptions and such. I haven't gotten bored of it and I don't think I will in the near future. It's very unpredictable and you never how quickly things can turn around. Combining strategy and probability is what makes this game fun!
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