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Overview

In The Settlers of Catan, players assume the role of immigrants to the newly discovered island of Catan. By trading ore, timber, wheat, wool, and bricks, they attempt to extend and upgrade their settlements to earn the 10 victory points needed to win. The board consists of a hexagonal island of 19 land tiles — which are hexagons themselves — surrounded by 18 water tiles.

Every time the game is played, the tiles can be arranged in different order to change the strategic environment. Each land tile represents an area rich in a given resource type.

Players establish settlements at the junction of land tiles in order to draw on the surrounding resources, which they can spend on new settlements, roads, soldiers, and more. Controlling a seaport tile gives a player the ability to convert plentiful resources into scarce ones without having to trade with other players.

In the game, each settlement is worth 1 victory point, while each city is worth two (a city is an upgraded settlement). The first player to get 10 victory points is the winner. There are two parts of this game that set it apart from any other: resource generation and game setup. Each time you play Settlers of Catan the board is totally different. So, it will take a lot longer for you to get bored of this game compared to a game like Risk or Monopoly.

During each game, players will have to learn to adjust their strategy based on the layout of the board. To make the board, you shuffle up all of the land and sea tiles and place them randomly.

The last step is to distribute little tokens numbered from 2 to 12 on the land tiles, putting one token on each tile. The closer a number is to 7, the more likely the tile it is on will give resources to players with settlements nearby.

After the board has been created each player places two settlements on the board and the game then begins. This is when the second unique part of the game comes into play: resource generation. The first thing you will always do on your turn is roll two dice.

The total value of the numbers rolled will tell you which resources are generated on your turn. Just look on the board for the tokens with the matching total and any players with nearby settlements will get resources. These game mechanics do a great job of keeping everyone interested in the game at all times, since everyone has a chance of getting resources on anyone's turn.

The use of the tokens for deciding which resources are generated is designed as an almost perfect compromise between luck and strategy which keeps the game light, yet interesting.

In the game, you can also trade your resources with other players. Trading is a really tricky part of the game because you need to make sure the trade you are making with someone else doesn't help them more than it helps you. Also, it aids in keeping the game interesting to all players at all times since you can trade even when it's not your turn.

If you enjoy playing Settlers of Catan then I suggest you check out some of the expansions there are for it. These supplements add new rules, new pieces, and support for more players when playing Settlers.

I recommend buying is Cities & Knights of Catan , which dramatically alters the game in many ways such as allowing each player to use knights to attack opponents and defend the island against barbarians. There are two other major expansions to Settlers of Catan: Seafarers of Catan and Traders and Builders of Catan.


Conclussion

Settlers of Catan is one of the best lesser-known board games out there today. It's challenging for both casual and hard core board game players and, since every game is different, it will take a lot longer to get old than most other games. Since it appeals to both a young and older audience, it also makes a great addition to a family board game night.

With a quick learning time, dynamic board with near-unlimited strategy potential, and a social trading element, The Settlers of Catan is a lively interactive game that has enjoyed worldwide popularity and garnered many awards, including the prestigious 1996 Origins Award and the 1995 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year).



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