Board Game Reco: The Settlers of Catan

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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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.