I love games, but I’m one of those stick-in-the-muds that has to warm up to playing. Earlier this week, my daughter and son-in-law warmed me up to a game I had never heard of, called “Settlers of Catan.” Apparently, I’ve been missing out, because this board game is beyond trending. Well, now, I’m hooked. We played till midnight last night (a work night!), and while I lost for the fourth time, and I’m not a very kind loser, I’m starting to get the hang of it.
Here’s some more background on Settlers of Catan, care of Wikipedia’s description:
Catan, or The Settlers of Catan in older editions, is a multiplayer board game designed byKlaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag (Kosmos) as Die Siedler von Catan. Players assume the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. Players are rewarded points as their settlements grow; the first to reach a set number of points, typically 10, is the winner. The game and its many expansions are also published by Mayfair Games, Filosofia,Capcom, 999 Games, Κάισσα, and Devir.
The Settlers of Catan was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe. As of 2015, more than 22 million copies in 30 languages were sold.The game has been translated into 30 languages. It is popular in the United States where it has been called “the board game of our time” by The Washington Post. A 2012 Americandocumentary film titled Going Cardboard (featuring Klaus Teuber) is about this game’s impact on American gaming communities and what came of it. The game involves large amounts of strategy, while still being fairly simple to learn, making it perfect for those who wish to enter the world of strategic boardgames.