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like most, I will tell you one of the ...
on November 30, 2016
Instead of reviewing the product, like most, I will tell you one of the most exciting game of Catan I played with my family this Thanksgiving.
The map started out terribly - wood, wheat, and brick were concentrated in an area across the map and the die rolls were mostly between 2 - 5 and 10 -12, there were only one 8 and two 6s on the board. I positioned myself near a 3:1 port between a 6, 6, 5 triple brick area and a 2:1 port 11, 12, 2 wheat area, my strategy was to build cities near the 6, 6, 5 bricks, exchange my bricks and get largest army and win.
My cousin's first roll was a 7! She saw through my strategy and immediately put the robber on my triple brick. I could not do anything except to collect wheat for about 7 turns, while my cousin and my aunt advances.
This game had more 7s rolled than an game and my aunt and cousin kept switching the robber between my wheat and brick. By turn 18 I have only 3 points (1 city, 2 settlement) , my aunt with 6 (longest road, 3 settlement, and a card.), and my cousin with 8 (largest army, 2 cities, 2 settlement).
My aunt felt pity for me and move the robber away from me into a desert with her knight!
Then the tides turned! My cousin rolled a 6, my aunt rolled a 6, I rolled a 6! I have a city between two '6' bricks. 12 bricks came my way.
I have so much bricks that I immediately used my 3:1 port and traded them for metal and sheep for development cards!
Turn after turn.I got knight, after knight, after knight, so I exacted my revenge on my cousin and robbed her blind! Development card after development card I used it all to stop my cousin.
Out of no where I am coming back! I now have the largest Army with 5 points! At that point they realize how powerful my strategy was if it worked in my favor and they put the robber on my triple brick with a city and settlement. Then God smiled upon me immediately and let me roll a 7! and I moved the robber away.
The game progressed so far that I had 2 cities surrounding my triple brick, 1 city on a 3:1 port, 1 city on a 2:1 port and one settlement on wheat, a VP development card and 6 knights for largest army. I was at 9 points and my cousin is at 7!
I was winning despite all the setbacks! I have the momentum!
Then the clouds darkened when my aunt and I both rolled 9s and gave my cousin 4 wood each turn. She exchanged all these woods with her 2:1 port and and upgraded two of her settlements to cities.
We are now tied.
I prayed to god, just roll one 6 or 5 and maybe get lucky with a development card and win.
Next turn. My aunt rolled a 12 and I got a wheat. Not bad.
My turn. I rolled a 7.... I did not get anything!
My cousin's turn. She rolled a 9, 4 wood, Bought the development card I should have gotten! and won because it gave her a Victory Point!
Overall - This game is 5/5! I highly suggest everyone to buy this game!