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Settlers of Catan - Portable Edition

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  • The Portable Edition plays just like the Settlers of Catan.
  • Playing pieces peg securely into place.
  • Compact packaging allows for easy travel.
  • Game board is solid and beautifully designed.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Now the most renowned Game of the Year comes in a cool compact portable edition! A beautifully designed plastic game board with drop-in tiles and plug-in roads and settlements enables you to enjoy The Settlers of Catan almost anytime and anywhere. You can set up the game freely or randomly by using the colorful hexagon-shaped region tiles. Align the hole in each tile over the numbers in the plastic game board and drop the regions into place. Then place your starting settlements and roads into the holes along the hex sides get your cards and you're ready to play! This Travel Edition is perfect for a crew on the move or away from home. the playing pieces peg securely into place. All the cards and accessories fit into the tray in the compact game bo

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Now the renowned, best-selling Game of Year comes in a very cool, compact, portable edition. A solid, beautifully designed plastic game board, drop-in tiles, and plug-in roads and settlements enable you to enjoy The Settlers of Catan almost anytime or anywhere. This Portable Edition is perfect for friends or family on the move or away from home. The playing pieces peg securely into place. All the cards and accessories fit into the tray in the compact game box. So, whether you're hanging out at a school or a coffee shop, cruising on the road, riding the rails, outside in windy wilds, or simply stuck in a tight place, you and your friends can now enjoy The Settlers of Catan. Set up the game freely or randomly using colorful hexagon-shaped region tiles. Align the hole in each tile over the numbers in the plastic game board and drop the regions into place. Place your starting settlements and roads into the holes along the hex sides, get your cards and you're ready to play. Contains:1 Plastic Game Board, 19 Region Tiles, 9 Harbor Pieces, 95 Resource Cards, 25 Development Cards, 4 Building Cost Cards, 2 Special Cards, 20 Plastic Settlements, 16 Plastic Cities, 60 Plastic Roads, 1 Plastic Robber, 1 Game Rules, 1 Almanac, and 2 Dice.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.9 x 8 x 8 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B00028X3ZO
Item model number MFG3101
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 14 years
Best Sellers Rank #135,206 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#148 in Toys & Games > Games > Travel Games
#3,847 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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I'm a big fan of the Settlers of Catan game and its variations. This review is only about the advantages/disadvantages of the travel version.
The original version of Settlers of Catan is quite bulky for taking on vacations and impossible to play in the car or plane. This version is very compact and well made. I love it. I wish the original version had such a nice tray for all the cards which are constantly being drawn and played. That's not to say the travel version couldn't be better.
Some cushy foam or something to put over the pieces to keep them from getting scattered in the box while jostled in luggage would help. Though while actually being played, everything stays in place very well.
I'd also like some kind of collapsing holder that fits in the tray for the tiny pieces, so you could pull it out of the tray cup and lay it flat so big fingers that won't fit in the cup can pick up the pieces.
I regret that they made the tile point values immobile. Though the actual tiles can be easily moved around and held in place (GREAT DESIGN), I'd still like to also be able to rearrange the values. Of course, not having to decide on value placement does speed up the game.
Should people new to the game start with the travel version or the original? That's a toss up. More people might like to take a chance on trying the traveler version just because it's simpler. Also, when we travel we meet new people who are new to the game and it is good to have a simple (okay, it will never be simple like tic-tac-toe, but at least more simple than the original) game to share, because if you don't have a long time to know and play with the people, you don't want to spend a long time teaching a long game.
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I love playing Settlers so I was a bit disappointed when I saw that the travel version had some minor differences than the full version. The numbers are set permanently into the board and the desert space is stuck in the middle. Other than that, it's nearly the same game.

Since I'm a purist, I decided to hack the game a bit to provide the full experience. I simply did 2 things :

- Put number labels on the little circles that you punch out of the tiles when you first set it up.
- Drill out a hole in the desert tile to fit the posts.

With this, I now have the full settlers experience in a nice travel edition. I included a ball of Blu-Tack/Sticky Putty to stick the tiles to the posts. The pieces are kind of small, so I also have everything separated by color and type and put into little ziploc bags that I fashioned out of those tiny snack size bags you can find at the supermarket. This is a great version of the game, and with a few minor modifications, I can get the full experience.
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For the most part, I like the game board that comes with this game: It is faster and easier to set up compared to the full-sized game, and the playing area doesn't get jumbled-up as easily.

However, the designers have gone overboard with shrinking this game: Not only is the board shrunk by about a factor of 3 in every direction, but evertything else has been shrunk too. For example, the playing cards are unnecessarily small -- almost postage-stamp size!

In addition, the 2-for-1-trader pieces are so small (and have such unclear graphics) that (without a magnifying glass and bright light) anybody over the age of 30 will struggle to make sense of which commodity they represent.

If you tried to use this "travel" edition while travelling, you would pretty quickly lose all of these tiny pieces. A better name for this edition would be the "miniature" edition.

A superior travel edition would use this board -- but have full-size cards, full-size game pieces, and clearer/simplified graphics.
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My wife and I love playing Catan and I thought that having a portable version would be great. And for the most part it is. However, this version has a major problem with it: The cards.

Yes, they are very small. I suppose one would expect that with a portable version. But they aren't just small -- they're paper thin. I bent one of them just by trying to gently shuffle them.

A portable version of a game should be a bit MORE durable than the original. Camping trips, hotel rooms, airports... those are places where this game will be used, and I can't imagine the cards holding up for more than a few play-throughs. This is a major disappointment and the reason I gave the game 3 stars overall. It would have been a 5 if the cards had a hope of withstanding more than 5 games worth of use.

The rest of the pieces are durable and pretty well thought out, but they skimped on the cards and it shows big time.
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Unlike another reviewer, I don't expect the "travel" version of the game to be identical to the regular game. That being said, 99% of the game *is* the same. But it's easier to transport, easier to setup and less likely to be scattered (when the table gets bumped) than the regular version. That's why I got it!

Honestly, I've played this version at home instead of the tabletop version several times because it was simpler to set up...
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