Catan (Original + Expansions)

From the box: “Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every time. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations— grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber—to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn). But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly. And you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains!”

Loy says: “I’ll trade wood for sheep.” At this point, most tabletop gamers have heard of Catan. Starting with one settlement and one road, you roll, trade, and build your way to the biggest utilization of resources on the island of Catan. Negotiate with allies, block your opponents, and build your empire. Each game starts with a random selection of tiles, so every game is different. There is a reason why this game has won so many awards – it’s game play, while easy to understand, is new and fresh every time, making each game a unique experience.”

Sam says: “Catan is my favorite game, combining probability, teamwork and backstabbing, and world building, which is where my passion lies for games. The board changes in two ways every game: the layout of tiles and the probability of each tile producing; no two games are ever the same. Add in the 4 expansions and you have a game with over 10 different scenarios!”

Amazon: Catan


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