Thanks to the Internet we now live in a world of instant gratification, where vast fortunes and celebrity careers are launched and lost with just a few clicks of a mouse. Before we relied on word of mouth, observation and experience to build fame.
Due to its “low-tech” nature, the old-time approach is apropos to the world of board games. I predict, however, that in ten years time every single American household will have a Settlers of Catan game tucked away in the closet next to Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit.
The Settlers of Catan is an award winning board game from German game creator Klaus Teuber, published in America by a company called Mayfair Games. In Catan you play the leader of a tribe of pilgrims landing on a new island called Catan to establish a thriving settlement. The object of the game is to establish a better settlement than your opponents, gauged by achieving “Victory Points” for reaching goals. To earn victory points you must gain resources, such as wool, lumber and grain, in order to build settlements, cities and roads. Resources are acquired through trading with other players and the random rolls of the dice. Balancing elements such as village robbers, harbors and knights are available to give you an advantage or help you squash an opposing colony flat! Continue reading