Friday, January 30, 2009

The Settlers of Catan

I've always been a big fan of board games.and When I was a little girl, I loved the Cabbage Patch Kids game, and yes, I played Girl Talk as a teen (talkin' bout Dateline!). Nowadays, I'm into Apples to Apples, because it's just awesome. You're having a game night? I'm there. And I'm bringing games.
We got a game this Christmas called The Settlers of Catan. I'd never heard of it, but I was assured it was incredibly cool. It's a little like Risk, which I never liked, and (so I'm told) a little like Civilization, which I've never heard of, so I was a little skeptical at first.
My first round changed all that. This game is OFF THE HOOK. The goal is to be the first to score ten victory points - but in order to get victory points, you have to build settlements, cities, and roads - but in order to do THAT, you have to have resource cards, which you acquire based on where your settlements are... I'm pretty bad at explaining it. Usually I let people who've never played before read the rule book. It's not complicated, just thoughtful. The only downside to Settlers of Catan is it's a 3 or 4 player game. Not two. Not five. If you want five people to play, you need to pick up an expansion pack at your friendly neighborhood board game shop. If you want two people to play... well, you better start looking for a friend to come over, 'cause it ain't happening with two.
In the photo above, Wash is surveying the game board, contemplating where to build his next road.
You can learn more about the Settlers of Catan here.

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Andy said...

Mark (Shannon's Mark) is really into this and we played it once. It was weird. I think I did well, but I don't remember.

Now Apples to Apples...that's another story! We will throw down in Apples to Apples any day!

Meggie Cramer said...

Hey, remember when I won? That was awesome.