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Cities and Knights of Catan
Cities and Knights of Catan
4 used & new from $34.99

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent enhancement to Catan, July 3, 2003
This review is from: Cities and Knights of Catan (Toy)
I been playing Settlers for nearly 8 years (since living in Germany) and I have tried all the expansions. This is the only one I would recommend. Cities & Knights takes Catan to a different level. I felt that the other expansions merely added more of the same to Settlers. C&K lives up to its billing as an expansion: it adds layers of strategy and fun.
There are more ways to get points (13 points needed to win instead of 10) which allow players to better adapt to their situations. Settlements and cities count the same, as does the longest road. The development cards have been replaced by three decks of Progress Cards (Yellow, Green and Blue), one deck for each area of focus in the game: Commerce, Construction, and Diplomacy. These cards are very helpful and can really help turn the tide of a game. Each deck also contains a VP. One of the VPs is in the form of a merchant, who allows a player to trade a resource of their 2:1 as long as the merchant is present. In time, each area of concentration can generate a metropolis, worth 2 points. The key to both the progress cards and the metropolises are Commodity Cards, gained only by cities. There are also Defender of Catan points availabe if you can build the most knights. Knights have multiple abilities including fighting off barbarian invaders, protecting squares from the robber, and blocking opponents from building. Sheep are required to build knights, so no more avoiding the sheep tiles :)
Bottom line: there are a lot of new options. It is a great fit for avid players of the original. Since I have played C&K, I've never gone back to basic Settlers, which now feels overly simple.
One note of caution: The learning curve is fairly significant. It is possible for some early games to be much longer than those in basic Settlers, especially if some of the players are notoriously slow. In the back of the manual there is a "quick start" option. I would recommend using this until the players become familiar with game. After a few rounds the average time should become comparable to that of a normal Settlers game.

WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos - PC/Mac
WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos - PC/Mac
38 used & new from $3.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different, yet thoroughly enjoyable experience, June 26, 2003
WCIII takes some elements from its predecessors and adds new levels of strategies, the Hero concept being paramount. Certainly there are many players who were experts at the simple "mass production skills" developed in the earlier Blizzard titles, especially Starcraft, who will find this game less enjoyable as it plays away from their skills. Simple answer to their gripes: learn new skills.
WCIII is more strategy based. This is evident in the fact that units cannot simply be thrown onto enemy defenses until they (the defenses) become overwhelmed. The attacking units need to be controlled at all times for maximum efficiency because 1)there is a low production ceiling and 2) a relatively high cost for high-level units.
The game isn't hard to play, but it is difficult to master. The range of playing styles available ensures a different experience from each opponent. Finding an effective strategy that best fits is a challenge. It's not a perfect game, but it is definitely worthwhile.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.83
164 used & new from $11.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised, May 3, 2002
As many fantasy series trudge through the middle books they get bogged down with "filler" plots and random information. Luckily this book remains lively and full of surprising twists. One of the most enjoyable and unique elements is the humanity of the characters. No one is flawless or bound to some miraculous destiny. A nice change from the other fantasy series.

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