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Joe Grundy
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Following are the ten topics most characteristically mentioned about Settlers of Catan in over 3000 user ratings comments on BGG. Hopefully after 60 seconds you'll know if you want to chase more detail.

"Settlers of Catan" IN TEN WORDS:
(Starting with most mentions above average...)
1. Dice/Luck
2. Gateway
3. Great
4. Expansions
5. Trading
6. Classic
7. Eurogame
8. Resources
9. Interaction
10. Strategy


RUNNER-UP TOPIC WORDS:
"Monopoly", "Hobby", "Robber", "Setup (variable)", "Placements", "Sheep" sheep


CONTEXT:

1. DICE/LUCK
"I like the element of chance"
"the luck of the dice can severely set back your strategy"
"enough randomness to allow everybody a fair chance"
"tired of playing the occational game were I get screwed by the dice"
"much better, IMHO, played with a Deck of Dice"
"makes interesting use of dice roll statistics, although this can be frustrating too"
"Play it more, the chance evens out!"

2. GATEWAY
"Another great"
"'must own' game that introduced North America to 'real' games"
"like it as a gateway game and the game-play is still very smooth and clean"
"awesome game, got my non-gaming buddies into the hobby"
"ultimate"
"great way to suck your non-gamer friends into the world of gaming"

3. GREAT
"Amazing game"
"Great fun"
"must-have game for everyone"
"great game as it is!"
"Damn near the perfect game"

4. EXPANSIONS
"for added fun there are many expansions, but start with the 5-6 player expansion first"
"make it so much better"
"frills"
"work very well"
"both Seafarers and Cities & Knights are good"
"With Seafarers, a near-perfect game"
"much better with the addition of Cities and Knights"
"find that Cities and Knights detracts"

5. TRADING
"Nice mix of strategy and trading"
"love the negotiation aspect"
"especially in the beginning and mid-game, when you still strive for resources"
"Usually I hate trading games, but in this one, the trading just works"
"works well"
"all-time favorite trading game with lots of interaction"

6. CLASSIC
"typically taken to symbolize the eurogame boom"
"our love-hate relationship with this classic becomes clear"
"Evergreen"
"headed for the hall-of-fame"
"for a good reason"

7. EUROGAME
"my first eurogame, of course"
"the gateway drug of designer boardgames"
"Fun fun fun middle-weight"

8. RESOURCES
"Classic game of resource management, trading, dice rolling"
"Elegant and attractive resource management and trading"
"dice rolling, resource management, building, trading"
"frustrating if you don't get any resources"
"players can go long stretches earning few resources due to unlucky die rolls"

9. INTERACTION
"Very fun, a lot of interaction"
"always a lot"
"trading aspect makes the game very interactive"

10. STRATEGY
"Deep"
"good game, maybe too much "luck power" but still strategy has a great menaning"
"nice variety"
"becomes obvious once the game has been played about 10 times"


RULES COMPLEXITY SCORE:
12 to start a first game .. 19 to be ready to fully plan ahead
(Note: roughly speaking this is a concept count, not strategic complexity)

Compare:
Ra: 10 .. 14
Chess: 9 .. 12
Puerto Rico: 20 .. 31
Ticket to Ride: 11 .. 11
Bohnanza: 9 .. 10
Carcassonne (H&G): 8 .. 11

I hope you enjoy more "10 Word" reviews
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Ernest S
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I like your approach. Concise; simple; fits well with your “Statistics Fan” microbadge.

I liked your approach so much I had to go read some of your other “10 Word Reviews”. The complexity score is nice too; it works only relative to the other game’s scores, but that mechanic works for me. Thanks.
 
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Thank you for your kind words of appreciation. I'm glad you like them. They're deceptively complex to prepare... I have some analytic tools to list out the highly used words (relative to other games) but I still have to choose characteristic contexts, analyse the rulebook, and compile all the results.
 
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