With a beautifully designed deck of cards, playing pieces, dice, and instruction book, it's no wonder this card game was nominated in Germany for Game of the Year in 1997. The game pits two players against each other as rival clans vying for Catan, a territory in medieval Europe. By using cunning, the resources of their domains, and the lucky roll of dice, the players compete to see who will be the ruler. There are attacks by brigands, knightly tournaments, merchants, spies, and civil wars. Events in the game are presented through event cards, which can bring plague or prosperity to the clans. Strategy and foresight will win the day, but even the loser will enjoy learning about the life and culture of medieval times. Young players will need patience to learn and play. --Lee Strucker
Cunning and a dash of luck decides who will be the undisputed master of Catan!