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- The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps advanced players on their toes
- 90 minutes playing time
- Requires 3 or 4 players
- The game map changes every time for an endless variety of play
- Settlers of Catan engages both children and adults, garnering best-seller status in both Germany and the US
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The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps advanced players on their toes. 90 minutes playing time.
From the manufacturer
Gather, Trade and Build
One of the most successful games of all time, Settlers of Catan is a trading and building game set in the mythical world of Catan. Players assume the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. Players are rewarded points as their settlements grow and the first to reach a set number of points is the winner.
Simple but engaging gameplay
In Settlers of Catan, players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. Each turn, a player rolls a die to determine which lands yield resources. Players can then trade resources, construct buildings and buy cards. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next.
On the Road to Settlement
The rules are straightforward and include plenty of illustrations. There's a starting map that shows a well-balanced set-up for beginners to follow and directions that allow more advanced players to lay out the map of the island at random. Either you customise your board or go with the simple setup, guaranteed no game will be the same.
Exploring and Developing Catan
The board consists of 19 terrain hexes surrounded by the ocean. Each type of terrain produces a different type of resource: brick, wool, ore, grain or lumber. There's also a desert hex that produces no resources – this is where the robber, a resource thief, can be placed. As the game progresses, players use resources to build roads along the edges of these hexes and settlements or cities on the intersections where three hexes meet.
Best-Selling Game of the Year
It's easy to see why Settlers of Catan has been awarded numerous times. Fun and engaging for both children and adults, the variable nature of the playing field makes both first-time players as well as casual and hardcore gamers keep replaying the game. Due to the widespread popularity of the original game, several expansion sets are available that allow you to explore new aspects of the game or add more players.
Play the game that started a revolution
First published in 1995 in Germany, Settlers of Catan was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe. Since its release, Settlers of Catan has become the base of a hugely successful franchise, with multiple engaging expansions, the core game of many collections and a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.
- Strong replay value with land tiles that can be rearranged differently every time
- Additional robber token to add even more excitement to the game
- 3-4 Players
- 10+ Age
- 45-60 Minutes gameplay.
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Catan is about trading.
The board is full of hexagons representing different types of resources. Each of these hexes has a number on it, which represents how often it will produce it's specific product. As a player you will build settlements and roads around the edges of these hexes, gaining you access to the goods that they provide. On each person's turn they will roll two dice and the number will correspond to one of the hexes, then everyone who has access to that hex will gain one of it's resources. But in order to build an expand, you will need resources that you won't have access to, meaning that you HAVE to trade with other people.
What's so great about Catan is that it is so well balanced. However good your set-up is, you'll still need something that the other players have and they'll need something from you. This means that you often have to make decisions about how badly you want something and how much you're prepared to give your opponents. But the trades are almost always good natured and therefore make this a very social game.
The only real danger is the robber. Anytime a person rolls a 7, they get to move the robber to any hex on the board - halting it's production, whilst also allowing the mover to take a card at random from an opponent on that hex. As 7 is statistically the most likely number to be rolled from two dice, you'll see him a lot, which means you might want to avoid making rivalries.
Catan usually wraps up within an hour and is just as good 3 players as it is 4. It's a really easy game to learn and it's not too heavily themed, making it an ideal entry game for non-boardgamers or families with children. That said, I play this regularly with heavy boardgamers and we all still really enjoy it too.
This is just a great game that's very easy to recommend. Simple, social and fun - there are also plenty of expansions that add multiple layers of complexity and depth, making this purchase a worthy investment. It's not too expensive either..
Also, the product lasts well. The pieces are well made and not flimsy.
I would highly recommend this game. You'll get many, many hours of entertainment. Well worth the cost!
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review
You begin the game by setting up the board, this part I always find the most interesting as as soon as I see the numbers placed on the terrain hexes I start thinking about where my first settlement placement will be.
From the get go this is a strategic game, how you play in your first few moves could determine the outcome of the game. There are various ways to develop your strategy too. Initially it all comes down to placing your settlement and the possible outcome of resources from that. After that it divides as to whether you want to maximise your resources gained, to get the longest road (two extra victory points) or the largest army (two extra victory points).
You can plan your strategy in advance but it is always changing. The person beside you could completely mess up your plan in one move and you must adapt and think how to still get what you want.
You spend a lot of time thinking and planning during this game, it is really easy to get lost in.
However you need to play with good friends, people who are not easily offended as a lot of humour and friendly arguments can manifest especially when placing the robber or trading. "I have two sheep to trade, does anyone have any wood for my sheep?", a completely innocent statement but of course it always gets laughs, sounds childish to some I guess but it can be really fun and funny.
Due to how the game is set up and because quite a lot of it does rely on chance you never end up playing the same game twice. How the resources are spread out is always varied and you will find early on you have an over-abundance of some and lack of others but this changes game to game generally.
Game time varies on the number of players, breaks and the time players take to make their decisions. I have found it to be roughly 1-1.5 hours for a short game and 2-4 hours for a long game. You never know who will win until the very end.
I love strategy games and Settlers of Catan was one of those rare gem's that truly is great fun. (Not as many family arguments as monopoly!)
Good Points : easy to learn/teach, family friendly, board set-up varied, strategic, engaging
Negative Points : IMO needs a timer for some people trading :)
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