I love playing board games, so when one I haven’t played before comes my way, I don’t hesitate to try it out. Recently, I was introduced to the fabulous board game Settlers of Catan. This is a game for 3-4 players, where the object is to score ten points. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, Settlers is easy to play, but not so easy to win. This is a game where strategy counts and alliances are forged (and broken). Here is a list of the pros and cons of the game.
–Easy to Play: Settlers of Catan is a game that anyone can play. Once the rules are clear, the game is fun and players can really work on their strategy.
–Creative Premise: The point of the game is to conquer the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. Each of the aforementioned developments requires specific resources, some of which players must trade for amongst themselves.
–Good Pace: This game isn’t a game that will be over in 15 minutes, but it doesn’t take all day, either. Generally, player should set aside about an hour to play. While this seems like a while, the game moves well, and doesn’t get boring.
–Variable Game Board: There is a beginner set up for the board, where resources are fairly laid out and players have a good chance at winning. There is also an opportunity for more advanced players to set the board up in a way that challenges each player to really use strategic planning. Because of this feature, the game can be different every time it is played
–Expansion Capabilities: Once a person plays Settlers of Catan, they will probably want to play over and over again. There is good news for the player who falls into this category–many expansion packs can be purchased to not only increase the number of players, but also to add new elements to the game.
–Hard to Understand at First: There are many rules and guidelines in Settlers, and players may have a hard time keeping everything straight. However, once game play begins, the rules quickly sink in and players can learn the ropes.
–Price: This is not a cheap game, and an interested person may want to shop around for the best price before buying.
-Limited Number of Players: Unfortunately, without the expansion packs, the maximum number of players for this game is four. Although it would be fun to watch for any extra guests, it is a game that you may want to save for a double date or small gathering, rather than a dinner party.
While there are a few drawbacks to Settlers of Catan, the pros definitely outweigh them. This game engages even the most reluctant board game players, making it a hit whenever it is played. I recommend this game for anyone who loves Monopoly and Risk, as well as anyone who thinks those games last far too long. Settlers of Catan is definitely my new favorite game.