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A good board with somewhat annoying issue
on September 11, 2013
It's a functional board, but I'll dissent from the glowing reviews. It should be noted that initial Kickstarter supporters are/were encouraged to write reviews in order to get themselves added to a pool for a random giveaway to win an additional board. They didn't have to write glowing reviews, but, come on.
1. The tabs that connect the board are acceptable, but strike me as breakable if you aren't careful with board handling and don't store the board in the box it arrives in (e.g., you drop the board, it falls off a shelf, or some other accident occurs). This isn't a huge issue as the box is about the size of a traditional mainstream boardgame box (Sorry, Monopoly, etc.).
2. While the blue color of the board is great for simulating the ocean surrounding the Catan island, I find it very distracting in the interior of the island where game pieces are placed. A much lighter color is needed. The color choice was an issue in the development of the board, with Kickstarter supporters voting on a color choice to defeat a production challenge. In hindsight, I would have voted for the board being tan colored because the tan looked lighter than the blue, at least to me. The space between tiles is just too wide, adding too much blue to the interior of the island, providing a greater visual distraction while surveying the distribution of pieces across the board.
Ya, downvote me for dissenting; it's just my opinion.