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Probably the Best Board Game I've Ever Played,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
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This review is from: The Settlers of Catan (Toy)
I grew up playing Monopoly, Risk, Chinese Checkers, whatever I could get my hands on (I realize Chinese Checkers seems a bit odd in that list, but I did play it sometimes...). I even would play Monopoly by myself when I couldn't find anyone else to play with (I know... I know...).
Now in my 30s, I try and have people over whenever possible (once every 2 or 3 months) to have a "Game Night" where we play whatever games the number of people over will accommodate. When my wife and I are on vacation, we play Rook or other games.
So, basically, I love games.
When I read a Wired article about this game (the title "Monopoly Killer" is why I bought the magazine), I had to rush out and get it (on Amazon... I figure saving money is better than playing the next day).
I was not dissapointed... I loved it. My wife loved it. Three different couples we had over loved it. Everyone loves it. The first time I've ever had a game that not a single person said "I'll sit the next one out". When we had to get up at 4am for a flight the next day, we played until 1am.
The only downside (which isn't really a downside) is that it's only 3 or 4 players. Not 2, not 5. However, there is a 5-6 player extension (which is being delivered to my house in 2 days). There are also a gazillion extensions for other game play.
I cannot rave enough about this game. I absolutely believe in 5-10 years (maybe sooner) it will become a household name (game) like Monopoly. If you like games that involve more than just rolling the dice (like Yatzee, which I will also gladly play), pick it up.
Not only is every game different, but there are many different strategies to try and get to the goal. Each of which will not work in every game (depending on the board layout).
To quote another favorite game of mine, it takes a few minutes to learn, and a lifetime to master.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2011 8:32:57 PM PST
J. A. H. Laak says:
Nice review, take note that there is now a two player (card game) version out, "Rivals for Catan". Its has wonderful artwork and plays great... without all the little wooden bits and stuff!
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