My goal is to review all the games I own. Let's see how far I get. Here is my first review.
The Settlers of Catan was my introduction to the board gaming hobby. It still remains one of my favorite games. It is considered a gateway game which means it is a good game for new board gamers to start with. Catan is a very popular game. There even is a fictional book based on Catan.
Designer: Klaus Teuber
Year Published: 1995
Number of Players: 3-4
Playing Time: 45-90 min.
1995 Spiel des Jahres Winner
The game board consists of colored hexagons tiles with numbers on them. Each hexagon color represents one of the 5 different resources. The players start with settlements at the intersections of the hexagons. The players will get the corresponding resource card from bordering hexagons when the dice roll matches the number on the hexagon. These resources can be used to build roads, settlements, cities, and development cards in order to gain more resources. Eventually a player will build enough settlements and cities to have 10 victory points and win. Full Rules
+ Excellent gateway game
+ Hexagon tiles and numbers can be arranged many ways
+ High interaction between players when trading resources
- Some consider there to be too much luck with all the dice rolling
- Setup time can be lengthy
By the Way
I recommend using the variant rule where you are not able to block another player with the robber unless they have over two points. This eliminates game ruining unlucky early blocks. While the game is designed for 3-4 players, there are official rules for two players available.
The price for The Settlers of Catan on Amazon is usually around $33.60. The list price is $42.00. You get high quality components. The tiles are sturdy, and the wooden pieces are great. I have played Catan hundreds of times online, and each game feels different. Almost anyone will be able to enjoy this game. There is a decent amount of luck, but that certainly doesn't mean it isn't fun. I highly recommend getting it.
9 out of 10
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