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terrific game, best played with good friends,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Settlers of Catan (Toy)This game is awesome. You need to be strategic, think beyond your next move, be intuitive about what your opponents will do next. We love all games in our family, any will do, but this game is different to your Cranium or Balderdash-type games which have dominated the market recently. It's cleverer than the traditional games, like monopoly or even chess, as well. I would not recommend it for playing with those easily offended (putting the robber on some people's land can be risky) or those that are aggressive game-players because this is a thoughtful game, where sometimes you have to attack your opponents even if you don't really want to.
Once you get over the tedious explanation of how to play, and everyone gets started, people realise the game is actually very simple. The game never plays the same way twice; Every time you lay out the board, it is different, the odds of gaining the cards of your choice are random, and the way your opponents want to behave is equally unpredictable. You often have no idea whether you have a chance of winning for most of the game.
One of the main advantages of the game is that it can played by an odd number of people, three can play a very good game. Also, this is one of the few games that two people can play and not be tedious. When we play with two, we adapt it slightly and are a little kinder to one another to help the flow of the game. We use the robber (he can steal other people's resource cards and stop you gaining more) but we say after about three rounds he can go back to the desert until a seven is thrown again - the robber otherwise can sit preventing you from getting resource cards for far too long because the odds of throwing the seven and him being moved are reduced when only two play. We also let ourselves collect as many resource cards as we want (in the rules you put yourself in jeopardy of losing cards when you have more than seven) - we find we develop our game in a more interesting way and keep it fast this way. Also, we decide at the outset whether we play to the winning score of 10, 12 or 14 which allows the game a little more time to play out, if wanted. If the game is very even and we are both close to winning we sometimes extend the score we are working towards to play for longer.
My only criticism of this game is, in this new version, the sea section is now in adjoining pieces that do not sit properly allowing the inner pieces too much movement and a messy board is the result. In the older version the tiles for the sea were the same as the tiles of land, and it was a much nicer looking board. We were so frustrated by the hopeless new design (our roads and settlements kept falling through gaps) that we had to score each sea section with a craft knife in two places so that we could force it to sit flat. The board is now better than the original because the sea holds it all together. The maufacturers should score these sections, because already some parts that we scored are not wearing as well as I would like and will, in time, look shabbier than if it was professionally done in the factory.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2009 18:31:59 GMT
Marge Simpson says:
Thanks for your really informative and interesting description of this product and your alternative play version for 2 people. We are considering getting this game, having been long-standing fans of the computer games (which we understand sprang forth from this board game) and enjoy board games, but were a little put off by the fact it is stated to be for 3-4 players only.
Posted on 19 Mar 2013 23:09:24 GMT
gille liath says:
'Cleverer than chess'? Not so sure about that one...
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 20:04:46 GMT
More than 4 has the potential to restrict flow, I feel, as it would restrict movement on the board and means your turn would take a long time to come round. Hope that helps!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 20:10:17 GMT
Gille, that's not a direct quote from my review that you put in inverted commas and I'm not sure where your reply is leading but that's my opinion. I've played chess for over 30 years, but its no good when you want to play with more than 2 and it is a bit less fun!!!
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