Settlers of Catan
MFG: Mayfair Games/Catan Studios
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 10+
Overall Construction: Construction on this game will vary depending on the edition that you get. They are currently on the 5th edition. I have 2 different versions. Both versions have hexagonal tiles with images of the different types of terrain that have the resources you will want to acquire. Their resource cards, road, city, & village tokens look the same, even the development cards appear mostly the same. Where the differences lay, are some resources have been renamed to make playing with them less vulgar. The color of the thief token was changed. But, the biggest change is the addition of the Border that newer versions of the game have.
I don’t know if it is because I started playing on the Original borderless version or if there is genuinely something wrong with the boarder, but I think it presses the tiles too close together.
The rule book explains the game is great, but not over-whelming detail. The box is nice and sturdy fit for travel in your car if you don’t mind having a slightly scuffed box. The box also contains little sealable bags to keep the various color pieces separate.
Gameplay: Gameplay is simple. The board set-up can be done one of 2 ways. 1. There is a tile layout in the rulebook that spreads the tiles out to give everyone a fair chance at getting resources without being overwhelmed by any one resource. 2. Tiles can be shuffled (sort of) and laid out to form a basic hexagonal shape. Either way, after the tiles are in place, number chips will be placed on all tiles, except the desert.
Now each player picks a color and starting with the first player, each player will place one settlement with one road coming off of it. This goes until all players have placed 1 set, then in reverse order the players will place a second road & settlement. The object is to place yourself in a position where you have the possibility of being able to collect all of the different resources. Each player will receive 3 resource cards.
With the board set-up & resources given out, it’s time for the dice to roll. Player one will roll the dice. When the dice have been rolled the number will correspond with up to 2 of the number chips on the board, unless you roll a 7. If a 7 is rolled the player gets to move the thief. When the thief is moved onto a space, that space no longer produces resources. The player moving the thief also gets to steal a resource from a player whose settlement or city is on the edge of the space where the thief is placed. Also, if you have more than 7 resource cards when the thief is rolled, you lose half of them rounded up.
Players will roll dice and use their resource cards to purchase more roads, settlements, cities, and development cards. All help you gain points and win the game. You only need 10 points to win the game.
Yes/No Recommend: I would highly recommend this game. It is constantly in top 10 lists of games, including my own. This game is one of the great crossover games. It is family friendly, teaches strategy, trading, counts, resource management, and is playfully fun at the same time. This game deserves its place in every home alongside all of the great classic games. This game is so fitting it has been used in major television shows like The Big Bang Theory. There is even a fun app version of the game with a tutorial on how to play the game.
Where To Get It: Due to its popularity it is available in almost every store, whether Big Box, Game & Hobby shops, online. For more information on this game and other games by Mayfair Games please visit their website at http://www.catan.com/