The Settlers of Catan
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||3.12 x 11.62 x 9.38 inches|
|Cautionary Statement||Choking Hazard - Small Parts|
|Number of Game Players||4|
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- Players: 3-4, Time To Play: 90 Minutes
- Dimensions: 9.25" H x 11.5" W x 3" D, Ship Weight: 2.098 pounds
- The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps advanced players on their toes
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How fast can you match? That's the key to BLINK. Shape, count, or color - any way you can match it, do it fast to get rid of your cards. You need a sharp eye and a fast hand to win this lightning-fast game! Play all your cards to win Rapid-fire matching action Great travel game, too Includes 60 symbol cards and instructions for regular and quick play.
The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes.
The game rules and almanac booklet sets out four pages of guidelines for getting started. Don't worry, the rules are straightforward and the four pages include plenty of illustrations. There's a starting map that shows a well-balanced set-up for beginners to follow and directions that allow more advanced players to lay out the map of the island at random. You'll have to pop the die-cut components of the game out of their cardboard holders before you play your first game.
The almanac portion of the booklet is laid out alphabetically, so while playing you can find answers to specific questions quickly. Useful entries remind you exactly what role pieces like the robber play, how actions like maritime trade work, and how to set up the board or finish the game.
Exploring and Developing Catan
The board consists of 19 terrain hexes surrounded by the ocean. Each type of terrain produces a different type of resource: brick, wool, ore, grain or lumber. There's also a desert hex that produces no resources. As the game progresses, players use resources to build roads along the edges of these hexes and settlements or cities on the intersections where three hexes meet. Each player begins the game with two settlements and two roads.
Each player's roll of the dice causes certain hexes to produce resources, which you collect if you have a settlement on one of them. On your turn, you'll use various combinations of the resources you've acquired to build new roads and settlements, upgrade settlements to cities, or purchase development cards. The ability to trade resources with other players adds a new level of strategy and ensures that the game includes lots of interaction between players. You can also trade without worrying about other players using an unfavorable maritime trade rate. Elements including a robber piece that lets you steal from other players and a variety of development cards add intrigue to the game.
The objective of The Settlers of Catan is to be the first one who collects 10 victory points. Each settlement is worth one victory point and each city is worth two victory points. You can also earn victory points by holding the "Longest Road" card, the "Largest Army" card, or special victory point development cards.
Best-Selling Game of the Year
It's easy to see why The Settlers of Catan has been recognized as a best-selling Game of the Year in both Germany and the U. S. We found this game to be fun and engaging for both children and adults, and the variable nature of the playing field really made us want to play again and again. When we started pausing to contemplate our opponents' strategy and factoring the probability of different dice rolls into our moves, the game sometimes took longer than expected, but we were so engrossed we didn't even notice until it was all over.
Due to the widespread popularity of the original game, several expansion sets (sold separately) are available that allow you to explore new aspects of the game or add more players. The only downside to this game is that you need to have either three or four players to play, so it's great that expansion sets are available that will allow you to add players.
What's in the Box
Six sea frame pieces, 19 terrain hexes, nine harbor pieces, 18 circular number tokens, 126 game cards, 16 cities, 20 settlements, 60 roads, two dice, a robber and a rules and almanac booklet.
All pieces are included and all contents are in excellent condition. Box has light wear around the corners. Ships within 24 hours. T-80
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It is a game of strategy, in my opinion a slightly more complicated/sophisticated version of Monopoly (although my friends vehemently disagree). Instead of building houses and hotels you build towns and cities, instead of collecting rent, you collect resources, and instead of chance cards you have victory cards... but somehow it seems more fun. There is an element of Chess- because you do have to build roads to tie your cities together, and to do that you have to have foresight and plan ahead.
This is a game of champions- and voted best Table Game by folks who vote on those things- be warned that once you start playing it may become addictive. Be prepared to be suckered into the sport for years to come.
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- The game is fairly durable. We've been teaching my four year old to play and the only damage has been some bending of resource cards. Everything else is wood or thick cardboard.
-The gameplay is simple enough that my four year old is able to play, yet deep enough that neither myself or my wife feel we've mastered it. Between the strategic and diplomatic aspects of the game and the ability to randomize the board, the game plays well time and time again without the feeling of repetition or blandness of some games ("Sorry!" Comes to mind...). In addition, gameplay is fairly short, an hour is our average, and setup is quick. Great for a rainy day.
-It is a handsome game. The level of detail in the hex pieces draws the eye, the resource cards look similar enough that my four year old grasped the relationship intuitively, and the player pieces are elegantly simple.
-The price. At almost double the price of a regular board game, I was uncertain of the value. We love it, and the only problem I have with the price now is that I hesitated for almost two years because of it. I wish I'd bought it sooner.
-The resource cards. They aren't very sturdy compared to all the other pieces. Not even as hardy as good playing cards.
-Two player games leave something to be desired. This is a fairly common problem with boardgames, but I'd like to find something captivating enough to play weekly and not have it age from being played with just me and my wife. This definitely needs three players, and I believe the box states just that.
The take home points: My only regret is not buying it sooner. If you have two people you can play with regularly, this will provide hours of entertainment.
This is a fun game for players of all ages. Adults will play with much more strategy, of course. There are different options for strategy: go for longest road, go for biggest army, go for development cards, go for cities, etc. You also have to think about what resources you want to build next to, knowing that which resources you need will change throughout the game.
This is most fun with 4 players, as it makes it the most challenging. Of course, it then can become easy to be cut off from parts of the map, or unable to expand. Technically you can play this game with 2 people, but it's a bit too easy and thus not very exciting. There is a 5-6 player expansion, which makes the board larger.
There are of course many expansions to this game. Seafarers is a blast and is an easy transition, as it makes only minor changes to the game, but really changes the strategies you can use.
Highly recommend this game, especially for people who are not big into board games. (This is often considered the #1 "gateway" game.)
The road and house game pieces are very, very small, so they should be kept well away from: small children, pets, the vacuum cleaner and slits between boards on the picnic table. The board pieces and cards and quite sturdy and plastic-y enough to play in the damp without damage. The box is also quite sturdy, which is nice if you stack your board games like we do.
It's not the cheapest game, but well worth the price.
It should be noted that you need at least 3 but no more than 4 people to play. If you want to play with a few more players, expansion packs are available separately.
Top reviews from other countries
Catan is about trading.
The board is full of hexagons representing different types of resources. Each of these hexes has a number on it, which represents how often it will produce it's specific product. As a player you will build settlements and roads around the edges of these hexes, gaining you access to the goods that they provide. On each person's turn they will roll two dice and the number will correspond to one of the hexes, then everyone who has access to that hex will gain one of it's resources. But in order to build an expand, you will need resources that you won't have access to, meaning that you HAVE to trade with other people.
What's so great about Catan is that it is so well balanced. However good your set-up is, you'll still need something that the other players have and they'll need something from you. This means that you often have to make decisions about how badly you want something and how much you're prepared to give your opponents. But the trades are almost always good natured and therefore make this a very social game.
The only real danger is the robber. Anytime a person rolls a 7, they get to move the robber to any hex on the board - halting it's production, whilst also allowing the mover to take a card at random from an opponent on that hex. As 7 is statistically the most likely number to be rolled from two dice, you'll see him a lot, which means you might want to avoid making rivalries.
Catan usually wraps up within an hour and is just as good 3 players as it is 4. It's a really easy game to learn and it's not too heavily themed, making it an ideal entry game for non-boardgamers or families with children. That said, I play this regularly with heavy boardgamers and we all still really enjoy it too.
This is just a great game that's very easy to recommend. Simple, social and fun - there are also plenty of expansions that add multiple layers of complexity and depth, making this purchase a worthy investment. It's not too expensive either..
Finally, for those Big Bang Theory fans, Sheldon needing some 'wood for his sheep' refers to this particular game. Brilliant!
Also, the product lasts well. The pieces are well made and not flimsy.
I would highly recommend this game. You'll get many, many hours of entertainment. Well worth the cost!
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review
You begin the game by setting up the board, this part I always find the most interesting as as soon as I see the numbers placed on the terrain hexes I start thinking about where my first settlement placement will be.
From the get go this is a strategic game, how you play in your first few moves could determine the outcome of the game. There are various ways to develop your strategy too. Initially it all comes down to placing your settlement and the possible outcome of resources from that. After that it divides as to whether you want to maximise your resources gained, to get the longest road (two extra victory points) or the largest army (two extra victory points).
You can plan your strategy in advance but it is always changing. The person beside you could completely mess up your plan in one move and you must adapt and think how to still get what you want.
You spend a lot of time thinking and planning during this game, it is really easy to get lost in.
However you need to play with good friends, people who are not easily offended as a lot of humour and friendly arguments can manifest especially when placing the robber or trading. "I have two sheep to trade, does anyone have any wood for my sheep?", a completely innocent statement but of course it always gets laughs, sounds childish to some I guess but it can be really fun and funny.
Due to how the game is set up and because quite a lot of it does rely on chance you never end up playing the same game twice. How the resources are spread out is always varied and you will find early on you have an over-abundance of some and lack of others but this changes game to game generally.
Game time varies on the number of players, breaks and the time players take to make their decisions. I have found it to be roughly 1-1.5 hours for a short game and 2-4 hours for a long game. You never know who will win until the very end.
I love strategy games and Settlers of Catan was one of those rare gem's that truly is great fun. (Not as many family arguments as monopoly!)
Good Points : easy to learn/teach, family friendly, board set-up varied, strategic, engaging
Negative Points : IMO needs a timer for some people trading :)