The Settlers of Catan - Settlers Of Catan by jerryh399

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									                  The Settlers of Catan




                           Loads Of Fun For The Family


The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy
game where players collect resources and use them to build roads,
settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable,
making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The
Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and
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The game map changes every time for an endless variety of play. View
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Settlers of Catan engages both children and adults, garnering best-seller
status in both Germany and the US. View larger.         What We Think

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The Good: Engaging strategy game thats different each time you play



The Bad: Requires three or four players



 In a Nutshell: The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps
advanced players on their toes At a Glance

 Ages: 10 and up

Requires: Three or four players

     On the Road to Settlement

 The game rules and almanac booklet sets out four pages of guidelines for
getting started. Dont worry, the rules are straightforward and the four
pages include plenty of illustrations. Theres 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. Youll have to
pop the die-cut components of the game out of their cardboard holders
before you play your first game. The almanac portion of the booklet is laid
out alphabetically, so while playing you can find answers to specific
questions quickly. Useful entries remind you exactly what role pieces like
the robber play, how actions like maritime trade work, and how to set up
the board or finish the game. 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. Theres also a desert hex that produces no resources. 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. Each player begins the game with two settlements and two
roads. Each players roll of the dice causes certain hexes to produce
resources, which you collect if you have a settlement on one of them. On
your turn, youll use various combinations of the resources youve acquired
to build new roads and settlements, upgrade settlements to cities, or
purchase development cards. The ability to trade resources with other
players adds a new level of strategy and ensures that the game includes
lots of interaction between players. You can also trade without worrying
about other players using an unfavorable maritime trade rate. Elements
including a robber piece that lets you steal from other players and a variety
of development cards add intrigue to the game. The objective of The
Settlers of Catan is to be the first one who collects 10 victory points. Each
settlement is worth one victory point and each city is worth two victory
points. You can also earn victory points by holding the Longest Road card,
the Largest Army card, or special victory point development cards. Best-
Selling Game of the Year

 Its easy to see why The Settlers of Catan has been recognized as a best-
selling Game of the Year in both Germany and the U. S. We found this
game to be fun and engaging for both children and adults, and the variable
nature of the playing field really made us want to play again and again.
When we started pausing to contemplate our opponents strategy and
factoring the probability of different dice rolls into our moves, the game
sometimes took longer than expected, but we were so engrossed we didnt
even notice until it was all over. Due to the widespread popularity of the
original game, several expansion sets (sold separately) are available that
allow you to explore new aspects of the game or add more players. The
only downside to this game is that you need to have either three or four
players to play, so its great that expansion sets are available that will allow
you to add players. Whats in the Box

 Six sea frame pieces, 19 terrain hexes, nine harbor pieces, 18 circular
number tokens, 126 game cards, 16 cities, 20 settlements, 60 roads, two
dice, a robber and a rules and almanac booklet.

Features:
* All new 4th Edition!!
* New Graphics!!
* New Card Art!!
* New Packaging & Tiles!!
* Full Color Rules Book

Settlers of Catan is by far my favorite board game. We encountered it a
few years back and it continues to remain the favorite. The standard
version is for 4 people, with the minimum age around 10. Extensions are
available, and you can easily change some rules if there are only 3 of you.
A typical game lasts about an hour.

The players compete to acquire resources and construct roads,
settlements, cities etc. There is also an amount of chance since you use
two dice at each turn to determine who gets what resources. In that
respect it is like many other board games. But there are three main factors
that make it very interesting and why everyone feels that they can have a
chance of winning each game: (1) the board setup is random, so that
everytime you play, it IS a new game (there is a Nexus One app available
that allows you to get a more balanced board), and (2) you can trade
resources, and only the player whose turn it is can trade so that each time
you have a possibility of acquiring points, and (3) there are many ways of
acquiring points to take you to victory.
Incidently, Amir Khan once said on his blog that he likes to play Settlers of
Catan a lot.

Due to the large number of possibilities the first time you play it seems a bit
daunting. But it is worth every bit of you time and effort. The g ame was
apparently invented in Germany to teach about capitalism. It has one the
'Spiel des Jahres' (game of the year) award in 1995.

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