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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
The almanac portion of the booklet is laid out alphabetically, so while playing you can find answers to specific questions quickly. Useful entries remind you exactly what role pieces like the robber play, how actions like maritime trade work, and how to set up the board or finish the game.
Exploring and Developing Catan
The board consists of 19 terrain hexes surrounded by the ocean. Each type of terrain produces a different type of resource: brick, wool, ore, grain or lumber. There's also a desert hex that produces no resources. As the game progresses, players use resources to build roads along the edges of these hexes and settlements or cities on the intersections where three hexes meet. Each player begins the game with two settlements and two roads.
Each player's roll of the dice causes certain hexes to produce resources, which you collect if you have a settlement on one of them. On your turn, you'll use various combinations of the resources you've acquired to build new roads and settlements, upgrade settlements to cities, or purchase development cards. The ability to trade resources with other players adds a new level of strategy and ensures that the game includes lots of interaction between players. You can also trade without worrying about other players using an unfavorable maritime trade rate. Elements including a robber piece that lets you steal from other players and a variety of development cards add intrigue to the game.
The objective of The Settlers of Catan is to be the first one who collects 10 victory points. Each settlement is worth one victory point and each city is worth two victory points. You can also earn victory points by holding the "Longest Road" card, the "Largest Army" card, or special victory point development cards.
Best-Selling Game of the Year
It's easy to see why The Settlers of Catan has been recognized as a best-selling Game of the Year in both Germany and the U. S. We found this game to be fun and engaging for both children and adults, and the variable nature of the playing field really made us want to play again and again. When we started pausing to contemplate our opponents' strategy and factoring the probability of different dice rolls into our moves, the game sometimes took longer than expected, but we were so engrossed we didn't even notice until it was all over.
Due to the widespread popularity of the original game, several expansion sets (sold separately) are available that allow you to explore new aspects of the game or add more players. The only downside to this game is that you need to have either three or four players to play, so it's great that expansion sets are available that will allow you to add players.
What's in the Box
Six sea frame pieces, 19 terrain hexes, nine harbor pieces, 18 circular number tokens, 126 game cards, 16 cities, 20 settlements, 60 roads, two dice, a robber and a rules and almanac booklet.
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This game is excellent. If I had one complaint, it would be that my friend Jared places too much emphasis on getting the longest road and often takes a long time to complete his... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Zachary Segal
Such a fun game if you like strategy and complex games. Great for young adults to adults.
I personally wouldn't consider this game a great "party" game as only 4... Read more
Okay, the hype is true. I used to think that this game sounded like something D&Ders would play ... but WAS I WRONG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game! Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Piano Teacher Girl
This game in its heyday had some great ideas and was a game I would play anytime anywhere. Games though have progressed and sadly poor Settlers has gotten left behind. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tara
I love this game. So much fun!
Hosmer and Moustakas take this game to that next level, started by the Green Bay Packers, this game phenomenon among manly men has gotten... Read more
RISK for the people who like to trash-talk and drink while playing a game that doesn't take ten hours to get through. Cannot recommend highly enough. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Stephanie Parks
The game came in excellent condition and it's excellent to play with friends.Published 8 days ago by Lindsey