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Board Game Reco: The Settlers of Catan

July 6th, 2009 · 12 Comments

During my London trip, I bought “The Settlers of Catan” – after I read this review in Wired magazine a few months ago. Wired called it a Monopoly killer and added: “Settlers is now poised to become the biggest hit in the US since Risk. Along the way, it’s teaching Americans that board games don’t have to be either predictable fluff aimed at kids or competitive, hyperintellectual pastimes for eggheads. Through the complex, artful dance of algorithms and probabilities lurking at its core, Settlers manages to be effortlessly fun, intuitively enjoyable, and still intellectually rewarding, a potent combination that’s changing the American idea of what a board game can be.”

It took a little while to get the hang of the game, but now that I have understood it, it looks like a delight. Every day, I play a little with Abhishek — he is of course too young to understand what’s happening, but it has let me understand the game. Now, if only I can convince Bhavana to play!

I have always loved Board Games. I remember playing Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble when I was younger, and then Pictionary and Cranium some years ago.  Settlers has that magical feel to it with its infinite variations and possibilities — almost seems like the perfect game!

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vinu // Jul 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Catan is really good. You should also try playing ‘Modern art’ – very very addictive 🙂 I have spent 100+ hours easily till now!


  • 2 vimal vora // Jul 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    If you enjoy scrabble, you have to try banagrams, it’s like scrabble on steroids. I find it fast paced, super portable, and much more entertaining than scrabble. As Abhishek gets older, it may also help his facility with words.


  • 3 FirstBallSix // Jul 6, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Monopoly’s Monopoly Is Gone ?

  • 4 Board Game Reco: Ticket to Ride // Oct 6, 2009 at 5:01 am

    […] It took some time for me to start liking it — initially, it didn’t seem as exciting as Settlers of Catan or Monopoly (we play the Indian Edition). Now that we’ve played it a dozen or so times, I […]

  • 5 vishal sreenivasan // Mar 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Love this game which was introduced to me by my daughter and son in law who live in France.Any chance of availability in India/bangalore?would like to buy one.

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