seriously I can’t believe Settlers of Catan managed to fool everyone into thinking it’s some right on cool board game when it is basically Monopoly except you get to move the board around before you start. It sucks. I’d rather play Ticket To Ride (for the road building) and Agricola which is like…
I, dunno, Settlers is so based on dice rolls that that can completely change which spots are prolific and this who wins. I think if you mentally check out that might be the reason you end up losing. I’ve played tons of games of Catan where some spot/number you never thought would get rolled ends up winning someone the game.
I do also love Ticket to Rode though…
If you wind up with numbers that are less frequently rolled (2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12) you are FUCKED my friend. FUCKED.
I HATE SETTLERS OF CATAN.
You don’t really get to just say “NO. WRONG.” here. I’ve played a couple of games where someone won simply because 11 and 12 were being rolled every turn, so even if you do a bad job of choosing where to put your dudes there’s still a chance. That said, the method that you use to set up the board also has an impact on which numbers are near each other/how often they get rolled. If you use the set up described in the rules for beginners the board is pretty evenly spaced out for advantageous positions. Also, even if you’re only getting an abundance of one resource you can always get a port town that allows you to trade that resource for others. I’ve also seen people win the game that way. It’s less about the game itself and more the way you set it up and play it. I think maybe you’ve just decided you hate it so you stopped trying to figure out ways to manipulate it to your advantage? Which is fair enough, you’re allowed to not like it or not want to play it but that doesn’t make it an inherently bad game.
Do you seriously think that I am coming at this after having played one single game of Catan?! Do you think I don’t KNOW how to play the game!?!?!?!?!?
I know how to fucking play Settlers of Catan!! I have played the add ons and the extensions, I have played the various advanced rules beyond the ~fucking~ beginners board!
The way you win the game is to pick the best places for your initial towns. That means a good spread of resources and numbers that are more likely to come up from dicerolls. WHICH IS THE SAME THING AS MONOPOLY - you get Mayfair and Park Lane early on and you’re all set.
Obviously the fact that dice are involved means that yes, you COULD, THEORETICALLY win the game with your shitty 2s and 11s but realistically you are unlikely to.
When you are playing a game and get beaten into a corner where you aren’t getting any resources AT ALL, let alone enough to trade out or build roads to a port with, you ARE FUCKED.
It’s a stupid game and I’ve played enough of it to know that fOR A FACT.
in fact the more I think about it the more it is exactly like Monopoly. even though you don’t fuck over other people (as much) you still have to sit around waiting for luck to drop some resources into your lap. That’s boring.
Fuck Settlers of Catan.
settlers is THE BEST board game i’ve ever played. it’s perfect! and good memories around the dinner table too :)
I’m friends with this one couple who do shit like sky diving and go-kart racing and organise parties all the time and jesus christ it’s exhausting just declining all the facebook invites