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Settlers of Catan: Still fun!

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My wife and I recently had a double date with some good friends from our church. But because Covid 19 we actually tried a game night instead of going out for dinner. Many of you know that my wife is not the biggest fan of learning new board games but she does know and enjoy#Catan. The couple we played with hadn't played Catan before so we decided to teach them and play the game. 



Spoiler alert: Catan is still really fun! Despite all the growth I've had with my time in the hobby it's fun to go back to the beginning and experience the game again. 

I was particularly surprised by how well Catan introduces and teaches basic mechanics for board games. Hand management and negotiation. Collecting and using resources. Building and upgrading structures.

Everyone had a great time and I'm hopeful that we might have started a new game group! It would be so awesome to have a group with my wife and spend more time together.

What do you all think of Catan? I'm glad that it still has a spot in my collection.

 

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Premium User2 months ago

Catan was my gateway game and I still really enjoy playing it. It still has broad appeal as well. I ran a national qualifier pre-Covid and had 24 people show up who pretty much only played Settlers as their boardgame of choice. 

I also recently made a 3d printed set and painted it. Still a great game!

Premium User2 months ago

That looks awesome! Nice work!!

Supporter2 months ago

Wow that's really cool!

2 months ago

not gonna lie... youre totaly right. do i want to play it all the time? no. Do i enjoy it when i do play it? YES.

Supporter2 months ago

Exactly. 

2 months ago

I still enjoy it too! I use it to introduce people to what board games can be when they say something like "Oh yeah I love board games!  I play Monopoly all the time!"  Although probably people would argue that I should use Ticket to Ride or something now but Catan was my gateway game too

Supporter2 months ago

Ticket to Ride is a good one too. I was thinking we would play that one next. 

Premium User2 months ago

I've surprisingly never played Catan more so due to lack of opportunity vs not having desire to try it

Supporter2 months ago

It was the first board game I really started playing with my wife and her family. Before we all had kids we would play Catan at family gatherings. It was awesome. Now we all have children. 

Premium User2 months ago

So what you're saying is I should play before I have kids? :P

2 months ago

I love my children but yeah, kids kill game night.  It's doable if only one member of the gaming group has kids, then you just meet at their house, but if multiple members do then forget it.  They have bedtime, naptime, want to eat the pieces, get bored, need to eat, its all very inconvenient haha. 

Premium User2 months ago

Wait...you don't eat your game pieces?

Supporter2 months ago

Just the eggs in#Wingspan.

2 months ago

Those eggs do look delectable

Premium User2 months ago

I was JUST about to say this. Remind me of cadbury mini eggs...delicious

2 months ago

Pretty sure 60% of the reason I bought the game was just to own those eggs haha

Premium User2 months ago

100% of the reason I got the expansion. Purple being my favorite color made it an obvious choice. Did you end up picking that up? Or planning on getting the new one? I already preordered oops lol

2 months ago

I bought the expansion.  I had added the new one to my cart and then... not so much decided to hold off as convinced myself to decide later because I haven't opened up the 1st expansion yet haha. 

Premium User2 months ago

Get it open! I think it adds a ton to the game. Helps get away from the end game laying eggs problem with some of the "round end" bird powers. 

Supporter2 months ago

Love kids to pieces. But they really make game night impossible for a while. We are only just now getting to be able to do game nights again. 

2 months ago

Mine are 3 and 10 months.  How much longer do I have? lol

Supporter2 months ago

Lol. My are 9 years, 6 years, and 3 years. We can see light at the end of the tunnel. 

2 months ago

Oh man long time yet.  I've started to play some games with the 3 year old.  She's surprisingly good at #Animal Upon Animal but only just has the concept of taking turns.  What kind of games are you using to introduce the hobby to your kids?

Supporter2 months ago

2 months ago

oooh ok I have My Little Scythe, just waiting until she gets old enough.  We've started "playing" #Carcassonne where we take turns putting together map tiles.  She likes doing that. 

Supporter2 months ago

That's awesome! I forgot to add#Kingdomino.

2 months ago

I have that one too!  Although that one is still one of my unopen games. 

Supporter2 months ago

My 6 year old likes that one too. 

2 months ago

Its a big hit with the 5th and 6th graders at my church.  One of their teachers is gamer and introduced it to them.  I also got a copy of #Tak for them but don't know how often they play that one. 

Premium User2 months ago

I think that I would be super impatient to get to the age where they can actually sit and play a game haha. #Animal Upon Animal seems like it would be a good one though!

2 months ago

Its fun for adults too! The best kind of kids game.  I suspect there will come a time very soon where she's better than me at it

Supporter2 months ago

It's tough because their attention span isn't as long as you'd like it to be.