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We are a family of gamers. PC games, Xbox, cell phone, board, and even pen and paper games, we do not discriminate. I like to think that it’s one of our redeeming qualities. One of our favorite games is Settlers of Catan. It first came out in 1995 but has recently been branching out from the gamer scene and becoming more mainstream. In fact, a pastor friend of mine just competed in a tournament for it. It’s a fun game!

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At the beginning of one of our many gaming sessions

It’s recommended for ages 10 and up but if your kids are a bit mature or know how to lose with grace, the rules are easy enough for an 8 year old to follow. It’s the competitive nature of the game that causes the recommended age to be so high. The base game is for 3-4 players, but there are expansions that you can buy to make it 5-8. There are A LOT of expansion packs for this game. We only have the one to add more players.

This is not Chutes and Ladders, nor is it Candyland. It takes about an hour to play, although we have had games last longer. This is a game of strategy and chance.

As the name suggests you are starting settlement with limited resources. There are 19 hexagonal region tiles to produce wool, wheat, clay, wood, and rock. There is also a desert tile, but it doesn’t produce anything. Where you set your first 2 settlements determines what resources you start with. The rest is the luck of the die.

Each resource tile gets a number. The player rolls the dice. Whoever has a settlement on the tile that corresponds with the number rolled, gets the resource. So looking at my picture above, if I rolled an 11, then whoever has the blue settlement that touches the 11, gets a rock card. Then you use those resources to build more settlements, cities, roads, development cards. Those lead to points and the first player to get 10 points wins.

You can also trade resource cards with your fellow players. Or refuse to trade if it looks like they are winning. There’s also a way to block players from getting resources.

It’s not a game for the sensitive hearts and our family is pretty competitive so it can get a little ugly sometimes in our house. But it’s all in good fun.

I definitely recommend this game for competitive families that need something other than Monopoly (let’s face it, that there is the ugliest and most hostile game ever).  Seriously, I have no fond memories of Monopoly and we don’t even own a copy. #childhoodscarring

Hubby usually wins, Michael always goes for the ‘Longest Road’ card for it’s extra points, Lina is the development card queen which usually leads to her getting the ‘Largest Army’ card, and I cheat. I don’t even try to hide it anymore. When someone rolls a seven, I magically never have more than 7 cards in my hand so I don’t have to discard any. Me and Lina do under the table trades. I usually try to get the kids to move the thief to hubby’s resources. Auggie is too young, but that doesn’t stop him from being the tsunami that wipes out the settlements and forces us to start over.

What games do you recommend and what games should I review?

 

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