Summary The Settlers of Catan is one of the bestselling designer board games in the world. It is a perfect introduction to the wider world of board gaming with its balanced mix of simple rules, luck, and strategy that satisfies beginners and veterans alike. It’s a modern-day classic everyone can enjoy.
The Settlers of Catan
Type: Board Game
Game Time: About an hour
Modular board pieces ensure no two games need be the same.
No player elimination, meaning the entire group plays to the end, and any player can still win.
Expansions are available to add to the basic game.
Luck plays a large part.
The board takes time to set-up.
There are lots of rules.
The rulebook is high quality, and has an easy-to-reference, alphabetically-ordered almanac
Review The multiple-award-winning Settlers of Catan is a wonderful game that perfectly balances luck and strategy, ensuring both old-hands and newcomers alike can win. Released back in 1995, it is now one of the most popular games in the world, lauded as ‘the board game of our time’ by the Washington Post. Not only is play swift, player interaction high, and the victory conditions delicately balanced, but the use of a randomly generated game-board ensures play is always fresh.
Here are 5 of the 19 hexagon tiles used to make the game board
Players assume the role of a community of settlers attempting to tame the remote, resource-rich island of Catan. Each player aquires and trades resources to build structures on the island such as roads, settlements, and cities. Points are awarded for building the largest community, and the first player to score the correct number of points wins.
This city is worth 2 points
Like all the best games, the rules are simple, but the application of the rules allows for many different strategies. The game normally takes about an hour, an hour-and-a-half tops, to play, and, as there is much player-interaction involved when trading, it makes a great game to break the ice with new friends.
The Robber is a fun counter that steals other players' resources!
Although designed for 3-4 players, The Settlers of Catan can be played with only 2 players without modification, though it is arguably less satisfying as a game. It can also accommodate 5-6 players, but a further expansion is required for this.
If you have never tried The Settlers of Catan, you have missed out on one of the very best games of the last century, and one of the most popular games of today. It can be found in most major online retailers, as well as specialist game shops, and has a variety of expansions available.
Settlers of Catan, all laid out to play
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