CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
The Settlers of Catan
- Tons of replay value
- Great family fun
- Easy to learn
- New Packaging and Tiles
- Full Color Rules Book
One of the most successful games of all time, Settlers of Catan is a trading and building game set in the mythical world of Catan. Players roll dice to determine which resources are generated each round and then must strategically trade those resources with other players to get what they need to build their settlements, cities, and roads. With multiple ways to gain victory points and a board that changes in every play, Settlers of Catan is a game that can be played hundreds of different ways. The base of a hugely successful franchise, with multiple engaging expansions, Settlers is the core game of many collections, and is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. For 3 to 4 players.
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Reasonable play time (circa 1.5 hours)
No micromanagement - all decisions are important
Easy to learn, hard to master
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.
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!
While the rules itself are a bit hard to get down, it's no more complicated than Monopoly and is definitely more fun. You don't have that 'wasted player syndrome' that you do in Monopoly once one or two players dominate the board, as there is always a way to cause an upset, and as long as you play smart you can always be in the running.
The box contains everything you need to have an amazing time. All the pieces and decks are nicely organized, the rules are clear, assembly is quick, and the game play is smooth once everyone gets the general gist of things (playing once through is the quickest way to learn and it definitely helps to have at least one player who knows the rules; it's rare that you'll need more than a couple of games to understand everything and by then you should be able to understand how to strategize).
I love this game so much I even found the online version and play often there, too. It's even easier online since you can see exactly how many visible victory points they have, how many resource cards are in their hand, and how many development cards they have as well as what's been used.
The only problem I have for this listing is that the price is ridiculous. I bought my set for $30 at a convention and most stores will sell it for under $60. If you're looking for a great game that doesn't get boring and can be played with all ages, this is it. Just find it somewhere else for purchase.
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.
-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 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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Love to play this game with 3 people or more. Many great times with family and friends.Published 2 months ago by Robert Bilodeau