The Settlers of Catan

First published in 1995, this is THE game that pushed board gaming closer into the mainstream and perhaps launched board gaming as a national pastime in Germany where now the annual Spiel Exhibition at Essen sees thousands of Germans pack the halls to play new games!

This multi-award-winning DADDY of games is set in a world where players vie for control of territory and resources to score points and win. The board is set up through randomly placing tiles. Players then build settlements and roads as well as collect resources to convert to upgrade cities and special card benefits. A Robber can impact your ability to collect resources so watch out!

Yes, one irritating aspect is the random impact of dice rolls which can just knock you out of a chance to win but over a number of games it tends to even out. Also, there are rules available that minimize the random impact.

Great fun to play and highly recommended as an intro game for non-gamers.

Designed by Klaus Teuber, published by Mayfair Games

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13/the-settlers-of-catan

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