Settlers of Catan


Welcome back! We're gonna try to get this thing going again. When we first started this blog, We had some different interests, including Vinylmation. That has changed a lot, and I decided to change that category to "Tabletop" so we can talk about one of our favorite things: games!

For Elisabeth and I, 2015 has been the year of strategy board games.

Back in college, nearly 10 years ago, one of my friends came back from a break with a board game called "Settlers of Catan." It wasn't quite like anything I had played before. First, the board was different every time, meaning no two games ever felt quite the same. Second, unlike most board games where the game mechanics is how you roll the dice, spin the wheel, or draw the cards, there seemed to be a great deal of strategy involved. You haggled and traded resources with each other, as well as strategically blocked others from getting resources, all while figuring out what the next best move was for you. Needless to say, I was hooked. I spent many a night with friends playing this game and it is highly addictive, but be warned ... never, and I repeat, NEVER play with Dennis Lunt. That guy is pure evil.

In 2010, one of the first things Elisabeth and I first did together when we started seeing each other was play Catan in her garage with some friends. Soon after, we sat down to play a round of one of my other college-discovered strategy board games: Heroscape. I learned she had a love of "Sneaky" Dinosaurs, and truly enjoyed strategic game-play. However, since then, we haven't really played. Heroscape can be a beast to set up, take down, and buy your armies, while Settlers really requires at least 3 people to play.

Then, last fall, a couple of friends invited us over and we ended up playing "Munchkin" with them. While not a board game, it is a highly strategic card game, requiring a lot of teaming-up and backstabbing that, if played with your wife, could end up leaving you sleeping on the couch. We thought it was FANTASTIC and ended up buying a version of it. However, this again required 3 people. On our anniversary, we bought a 2-person, much simpler game called "Fluxx" and remembered Oh, yeah! We really like doing this together! Plus, ever since we got kids we've been looking for ways to have time together at home, or at-home-date-nights, that didn't include sitting on the couch watching TV or a movie.

So began the quest for strategy games we could play together with just 2 players. During December 2014 and the months that have followed, through sales and a gift from the Mishne, we've added more than two dozen games to our collection, including several expansions. Some are easier then others (King of Tokyo), some we still can't play by ourselves, some have become absolute favorites (Dominion & its expansions) and some are meant to be played by me and a friend because Elisabeth was not a fan (Agricola).

It has become one of our favorite things to do, both by ourselves, and with friends. We hope to share some reviews & opinions to encourage you to, in the words of Wil Wheaton, "play more games!"