Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Settlers of Catan

A little while ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a great board game called Settlers of Catan. It's a German game (that's been translated - mostly) that's kind of like Civilization, except without the combat. The game board is an island made up of a series of hexagons. Each hex represents a resource - Wood, Brick, Sheep, wheat or Ore. Players build towns and cities at the corners of the hexes, and roads linking their towns along the hex edges. A dice roll determines what resources are produced each turn, which affects which things can be built that turn.

There are about a billion variants - stuff like adding other islands, having barbarians and knights or even a volcano - of which we've only tried a handful.

So anyway, the reason I decided to blog about this great game is that last night I discovered an online version (well, actually I discovered a couple, but this is the only one that I could be bothered with). What I like about this one is that it (supposedly) lets you play online, over a local network or even on the one machine. Unfortunately, there's no AI, so you can't play by yourself.

So yeah, take a look. It's lots of fun.

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