10 Reasons to Play Settlers of Catan

Catan: A New World

Imagine you are exploring the new world and you discover and land on a unexplored island. In Settlers of Catan, you begin collecting resources to build yourself a settlement, then start building roads to connect your settlements and soon you are upgrading to cities to maximize productions. There are other settlers, so be sure to pick the best lands to start and you are sure to succeed. But beware, there are robbers who will come steal your resources, so make sure to hire knights to protect your lands!

In the base game you must collect resources such as wood, brick, and ore in order to build roads, settlements and upgrade to cities. Tiles of these resources are randomly placed and create the game board, and a number is placed on each tile.

The game play is based on dice rolling. Resources are collected when the numbers on the tiles next to your settlements are rolled. When this happens you collect one resource per settlement and double that when you have a city. You can trade resources with another settlers if they are willing to trade allowing you to build more. Whichever Settler gets 15 Victory points first wins. These points are achieved by building Settlements: 1 Victory Point, Cities: 2 Victory Points, Collecting Development Cards, and Bonuses.

  • Ages: 10+
  • Players: 3-4 Players
  • Time Play: 60 minutes
  • Designer: Klaus Teuber

The 10 Reasons

  1. Great board game for beginner to game expert gamers.
  2. Easy to learn 
  3. Excellent step by step Rule Book guiding how to setup and play
  4. The board and setup changes every game creating a new game board every game.
  5. The Catan 5-6 Player Extension. This expansion upgrades the game from 3-4 Players to 5-6 Players.
  6. Seafarers Game Expansion: Adds water, boats, and gives an exploring aspect
  7. Cities & Knights Expansion: Upgrades many basic aspects of the game such as resources, knights, buildings creating the next level of strategy to master, my favorite expansion so far.
  8. Traders & Barbarians Expansion: This newest expansion gives a variety of new components such as fishing, rivers, and harbor incentives.
  9. Despite it saying it is a minimum of 3 players, I personally play with 2 players more than anything, however there is a Rivals for Catan, which is made specifically for only 2 players.
  10. A Cornerstone Boardgame for Gamenight and your Family Game Cupboard.

Settlers of Catan is one of my all time favorite board games. I highly recommend this game for: Beginner gamers, Family Game Nights, Friends Game Night, essentially All Game Nights

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