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Elasund: The First City
Catan Adventures series
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Elasund? The little settlement on the coast? Well, those days are long gone. Elasund is growing rapidly and Catanians are streaming into the city, eager to make a fortune! Will you heed the call to drive the city's growth and prosperity and emerge as Elasund's savviest and most influential city developer? Find out in this new Catan adventure!
- 1 game rules booklet
- 1 game board
- 44 wooden pieces
- 2 dice
- 1 trade ship
- 9 church tiles
- 36 city wall tiles
- 37 buildings
- 90 game cards
- 2 city gates
- 4 turn overview cards
- 20 building permits
Average Rating: 4.5 in 4 reviews
I have been an avid Settlers of Catan player for almost a decade. I have almost worn out my original Catan set playing it so much. There was a time when my wife, friend and I would sit down an play three games of catan in one evening. With all that said I think I like Elasund more than Settlers of Catan. Here's why:
Elasund is 2 player - this lets my wife and I play it together.
Elasund is not as luck based - I get so irritated when I build up on 6's and 8's in Settlers and still lose. With Elasund, there is a small luck element, but you always have the option of taking two gold on your turn so there is none of this my numbers didn't roll so I can't do anything scenario like there is in Settlers.
Elasund is more cut throat - I like that you can cut people down to size in Elasund by building over their smaller buildings. The lead can be taken away so quickly it makes it fun.
If you like a game with different options to win that is competitive and often very close in scoring I think you will like Elasund.
I find this game better than the original Settlers of Catan because it is more cut throat and less luck. If you like strategy and lots of options I think you will like this game.
My wife and I have really enjoyed this game. It made a great first impression with the quality bits and beautiful art direction. Gameplay-wise we really had fun. The nature of the game is to develop property within the city walls of Elasund. Smaller buildings can be torn down and replaced with bigger ones (typically you replace a smaller building of your opponent with a larger building of your own!) Two player games can sometimes be a little quiet but not this one - duking it out with your opponent over property makes for some devilsh fun.
It has room for several strategies, with a bit of randomness thrown in - which we think helps make the game interesting and replayable.
My wife - a non-gamer - actually requests this one now.
Since I'm the first reviewer here, I hate to give this game a less than stellar rating, since I know other people like this game more than I do. I've heard several people say it is the best "Settlers" type game, and much better than Candamir. But I have to be honest, and I didn't like this game as much as I hoped I would.
The thing I disliked most was that it is a fairly mean game. It is very competitive, and you will be jockeying for position and building over each others buildings. If you like competitive, even aggressive, games then this game may appeal to you.
The second thing I didn't like was the amount of luck. It does have perhaps less luck that Settlers of Catan, since you can pay extra to put a building wherever you want. But it still felt like too much luck to me.
However, if you like Settlers of Catan, definitely try this game. It is similar enough that it may be interesting to you, but different enough to be enjoyable and more than just "more of the same Settlers stuff."
I have only played this game once, so take that into account when you read this.