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An Introduction to Catan
on June 4, 2013
I think the negative reviews of this game have come about because the game has not been marketed properly. This is essentially an introduction to Catan (or, as another reviewer mentioned, a casual version). The rules have been simplified, the board has been simplified -- after one time through you have a pretty good feel for how to work the game. So you can play it on your family game night, get better at it, get tired of it and upgrade to the full version. The real question is whether you will get your money's worth before you get tired of it...or whether you are only interested in casual gaming to begin with. Personally, I find the game to be a lot of fun, and the simplification helps keep it from being overwhelming to beginners.
For those unfamiliar with the game, the set comes with groups of hex tiles that you arrange to form the game board. You build, expand and upgrade your settlements on this board. A roll of the dice determines which resources are available for construction or trade. Construction allows you to earn points. There are also cards that allow you to earn points. The first player to reach 10 points wins the game.