Game Night means: Settlers of Catan! Have you Played?

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Saturday night we had company over and so someone suggested Settlers of Catan. Everyone agreed. It was quickly set up and play began.  What a fun game this is. It allows you to be as kindhearted, ruthless, or as confused as you are comfortable.

Me, I chose confused. I wasn’t sure where to set up my starter road and community. I ended up placing my one green road right where it did no good. Never played before? Then let me tell you about the Settlers of Catan game play.

 

 

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The pieces of the game are cute little color coded pieces. The land is placed together similar to a puzzle and then the number pogs are placed in random order on each tile. The land is broken into the tiles which represent wheat, brick, ore, and wood.  When game play commences there will be two rounds of setting up your beginning roads and settlement. Once those precursor turns are over, game play begins. The object of the game is to reach 10 points first. Sure, that sounds easy, but it is a game of strategy and thinking two steps ahead of the table. You want to gain as many of the resources  (wood, ore, wheat, and sheep), to build your settlements and roads. There is a hefty bonus for building the longest road. Each settlement costs a set amount of resources. Cities cost a settlement plus several resources. A road is the most simple, but if you place too many roads and don’t think ahead, you will find yourself missing opportunities by not building a wee settlement. There are rules,  You can not build a settlement within two roads of another player’s road or settlement. Confused yet? I the newbie am trying to keep it all straight in my head as I explain.

The object of the game is to reach 10 points first. Sure, that sounds easy, but it is a game of strategy and thinking two steps ahead of the table. You want to gain as many of the resources  (wood, ore, wheat, brick, and sheep), to build your settlements and roads. There is a hefty bonus for building the longest road. Each settlement costs a set amount of resources. Cities cost a settlement plus several resources. A road is the most simple, but if you place too many roads and don’t think ahead, you will find yourself missing opportunities by not building a wee settlement. There are rules,  You can not build a settlement within two roads of another player’s road or settlement. Confused yet? I the newbie am trying to keep it all straight in my head as I explain.

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Game pieces are simple. There are four colors to work with each player chooses a color and they are given a packet containing roads, settlements, and cities. Also provided to all players are special cards that provide bonuses, knights, and other special rewards. There is also a robber. He is placed on the number 10 then when anyone lands on that number they can move him to freeze a number from having production from their fields of wheat, ore, sheep or wood.  There are so many little nuances to this game it isn’t even funny. But it is fun!

Bonus, there are the strategic ports along the coastline of the playing area which allows trading two resources for one new one. These come in quite handy if you choose the correct port to settle on. Why would you settle on a port that turns two wood into any other resource if you are not getting wood on a regular basis? It is the forward thinking strategic maneuvering that makes the game so fun, and so infuriating.

When people trade for needed resources, they are going in for a win, never think they are doing it for your benefit. That is the main lesson I learned from this game. The game lasts an hour or more. It is fast paced and it is exciting. If you are like me and try to be nice, look out. There are ruthless people on the other side of the table.  Believe me, they are waiting for you to be nice. Then they take you to the cleaners, freeze your resources and show you what they are made of.

If you are like me and try to be nice, look out. There are ruthless people on the other side of the table.  Believe me, they are waiting for you to be nice. Then they take you to the cleaners, freeze your resources and show you what they are made of.

When we played last,  there were four players and it was a really fun time.  I took this picture after the winner claimed his points. You can tell who won, and who lost.

 

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Where was I? Why I was the green with all the cards you’re not supposed to be holding and the camerawoman.  It is a fun game, it is entertaining, and there are many different expansions to make it more unique and different.  I have no idea why there is a can of ravioli on the table. That is not part of the game.  No doubt, that was a contribution from the seven-year old that was not able to play.

You can find this game on Amazon, at Target, Catan shop, and most other brick and mortar game stores in your area. It is about $40.00 and it is a game that all skill levels can play. As I mentioned before there are expansions that include pirates, knights, cities, and others.

Have fun and please let me know if you are a confused Catan player, a skillful Catan player, or a ruthless Catan player. If you are a different breed of Catan player, share that as well in the comments below.  I want to know!

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Game Review: Punderdome

Punderdome

  • Game: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Box Gmc Cr edition (June 21, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101905654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101905654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.4 x 3.7 inches

 

  • My rating for this game overall is a solid:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  

  • My rating for Ease and playability is a :  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • My rating for originality  is a complete: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The game is advertised as Puns of Fun and it did not overexaggerate that fun.  After receiving the game, one of my grandchildren asked every evening if we could play it. Eagerly waiting for the weekend when no one had a  camp or a job to go to the next day. When we brought the game out tonight. The entire group of us began to brag about our punster abilities. It seems my mother was overly complimentary about my punsterisms.

The game is simple enough, You are given the opportunity to answer a question with your best pun.  After calling out a pun, the winner gets additional time on the clock to think of the next phase of puns.  Oh, by the way,  it seems there is a fine line between a pun and a joke. Obviously, I couldn’t see that line and I kept saying nonpunny jokes. Provided in the game is a very nice Pun instructional card to help those confused with exactly what constitutes a pun. Game tips

 

 

 

Here we have the game equipment. there are several types of card used in the game. The box is packed neatly with all the equipment needed except for pencils. The manufacturers provide blank paper, all playing cards, and complete instructions. the box is sturdy and compact which allows it to sit neatly on a shelf in the game area of a bookcase or shelf.

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Equipment contained in the box

 

 

We played as a family all ages from fifty-seven years old all the way down to a six-year-old. There was booing, hissing, and blatant accusations “that that is not a pun” thrown at each other. Namely at me.Seems I am not as punny as I thought I was. It was a great evening of interesting and lively fun. It provided everyone a chance to be clever, witty and wrong.

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Starter Pun questions cards

There is the starter pun that you call out loud and first pun wins. Secondly, you are given the opportunity to write down your best pun using two concept cards. I will share one of those in a moment.

 

 

 

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The secondary cards  make for the most unusual combinations.We have one card that said Grocery shopping and one card that said religion.  My grandson came up with Grosery cart. Notice the rosary mention in that. We thought his was the winner, so he got the additional time. I am so glad I was fortunate enough to request this game.

 

I received this game from Blogging for Books for this review. It was a wonderful evening for us all. The six-year-old by the way simply regaled us with rhyming words, seems she doesn’t quite have puns down, yet. But with this game, she will! We all agreed that we would be playing this again when we had the game night crew over. Even before then if the kids have their way.