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My wife is not a gamer, but loves Settlers of Catan. My son (9) is also really enjoying Settlers of Catan. Catan is one of the few games my wife will willingly play without a lot of convincing, she really enjoys it.
I have heard one review explain Via Nebula as "Catan with less luck", and after watching some videos it seems similar.
However, for those of you who have played Via Nebula and Catan, would you say it "scratches a similar itch"?
I am looking for a game to replace Catan, but that still focuses on resource collection, building, etc.
Does Via Nebula fit the bill?
Thanks for the help!
It can, but this is more about route building and delivery. Try showing them the Dice Tower review and let them say if they are interested.
Via Nebula and Catan both use hexagonal tiles. But in my opinion that's about the only thing they share.
But if you're looking for a game to replace Catan, why replace it with something similar? Via Nebula is an excellent choice!
With skill his story will unfold
Via Nebula has these things in common with Settlers of Catan:
- Fairly easy to understand
- Fairly quick to set up
- Fairly quick to play
- Hexagonal tiles
- A reasonable balance of luck vs skill
I think characterising Via Nebula as "Catan with less luck" is very misleading. I would characterise it as Brass lite, with an emphasis on lite.
What games does your wife dislike playing? That might help most with the question "Does Via Nebula fit the bill?"
The routes you build in Via Nebula are not private like the connections in Catan and there is no dice luck or negotiation involved so they are not all similar. But quite easy to get into
I think sometimes, as more "serious" gamers, we forget how games look to people who don't play games.
I sat down with my wife and watched a video of Via Nebula being played last night then asked her what she thought.
Her summary: "watching videos of board games is really boring but it looks kind of like Catan. Collect resources, use them to build things, build roads with those hexes. I would give it a try"
So, in her eyes similar enough to Catan that we are going to purchase Via Nebula instead of Catan (we are borrowing a friend's copy right now).
She also has a bit of a mean streak once playing games, so I think the shared resources and ability to mess with people a bit will put a smile on her face.
Thanks for all the help.