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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition to the game library!, December 13, 2007
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= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Settlers Of Catan 4th Edition Bundle (Toy)
My family, with children aged 8-13, really like this game. It's one of those all too uncommon games that our entire family can not only enjoy, but everyone can be competitive.

Positives
The game is different every time! I love this aspect. The game board is never the same twice.
You have to think, but not so much so to prevent 7 or 8 year olds from being competitive.
The play can move fairly quickly, even if the overall game does not.
It teaches thinking skills. You have to plan out your strategy.
It teaches some basic economics. You must have goods to build your developments and cities.
It teaches bargaining. There is trading of goods between players, and this can be a lot of fun!

Negatives
Depending upon the players and layout, the game can take over 2 hours.
The game uses dice. I hate dice... Dice introduce luck and chance. This doesn't bother a lot of people. It bothers me. But with this game, it doesn't bother me enough to keep me from playing it, primarily because it's a great game for the whole family.
Lots of pieces. Don't lose any!
Don't shake the table. The game board is made up of lots of tiles, and I mentioned all of the pieces. One person hitting the table can really mess things up!

Recommendations
Get the expansion pack. The starter game is for 3-4 players. We almost always have more. The expansion pack lets you play with 5-6.
Get the plastic "game holders." I don't know what these are called, but they are plastic, connecting pieces that go around the outside edge of the game tiles and prevent the tiles from going flying when someone bumps the table. Easily the best investment we've made for this game!
Get something to put all of the pieces in. We use small baggies. Friends of ours bought small plastic boxes, like ones you would store fishing tackle or shop supplies in.

I would give this game 5-stars if it wasn't for the dice. Strongly recommended!!
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 28, 2008 6:57:13 PM PST
Brian Feucht says:
This revision of the game has locking ocean pieces that help prevent tiles from being disturbed once the game board is laid out.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 11:43:26 AM PST
Zimy says:
If you buy the Traders & Barbarians Expansion, you can use the Event Cards, which replace the dice. I agree regarding dice, but once you start using the Event Cards, you will never go back.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 9:10:09 PM PST
G. rogers says:
Actually the dice offer an excellent opportunity to help kids understand probability -- and the game is set up already to help everyone understand how probability affects the game.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2012 10:23:35 AM PST
J. Lau says:
Agreed. The random placement of the tiles, combined with the randomness of the dice, is also what contributes to infinite re-playability.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2012 2:54:42 PM PDT
L. Yates says:
The boundary pieces do not do a good job of holding the interior tiles. I like using a wooden playing board like what is available from Yates Games.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 5:09:39 PM PDT
Shop Wise says:
You recommended buying the "Game holder". Where do we buy these?
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