The Settlers of Catan
English language edition; second edition
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Starting to wear the pieces out, we only spend a few seconds deciding which game we're going to play. Easy to play. Just gone and bought the expansion Pack. This is a must have in anyones board game collection. Haven't played anyone who doesn't like it yet......Puerto Rico, El Grande & Carcassonne are gathering dust. Tough call I know for we enjoy these ones too......But wait and see, you'll understand.
I am sick and tired of all these reviews ranting about how great this game is. So I'll only say this once: this is a great game. We have only had it for a week, and it's had more plays in that one week than games I've had and loved for years.
What makes Settlers so playable? I think it is a mix of good gameplay and accesibility: There is a lot for you to do if you like strategic thinking, but your little sister can play too and not get totally wiped out.
The premise is okay, the pieces are nice, the board is well-drawn but nothing special, but everyone I have introduced to this game loves it, myself included. I'm sure there are better games out there, but I have yet to find one with the draw of Settlers of Catan.
These days whenever we visit, we are asked to bring our 'Catan' game. If we can't visit often enough, our friends and families have tended to get their own copy of the game. Until they do, if we just want to sit and visit or do something else, we can't- because the game is always in play. You could call this game 'Popularity in a Box'.