I have now tried the Settlers Card game three of times and I'm deeply disappointed. As I see it the game is first a battle for the Abbeys - which the player who gets the mosts spys win. After that the merchants are picked getting an advantage over the other player that last until the end of the game.
In our three games one player has always come out far ahead after a these cards has been played, the other not standing a chance. And then it is just a long long way to go to the known end where one player gets more resources and plays more card each turn than the other. In one of our games that was very extreme (I got 2 spies and 2 merchants) I got all the extra villages but one.
I thought I read some positive things about this one - and I want to know what I have missed.