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Board games - Settlers of Catan and Carcassone
Posted by: Z
Date: December 29, 2005 12:40PM
Just thought this might be of interest to anyone who likes to play a game now and then. These two games, arguably some of the best and most popular German board games of recent times, are available online, free, at the website [] .

The implementation is fast, you can play against other players the world over, and they are quite fun. I hope to see a few of you there - look for me as Zz.

A brief description of each from -

Settlers of Catan
In Settlers of Catan players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine the current production on the island. Players collect raw materials to build up their civilizations to gain enough victory points to win the game. This game is a Spiel des Jahres (German game of the year) winner, primarily because of its amazing ability to appeal to non-gamers and gamers alike.

Die Siedler von Catan was originally published by Kosmos and has gone through multiple editions. It was licensed by Mayfair and undergone at least 3 editions as Settlers of Catan. It has also been re-published in a travel edition by Kosmos and in yet a different edition for Japan/Asia.

In this fairly light tile-laying offering, players pull a tile from the pool and then place it against one of the previously played tiles. If you create a new object (like a city, road or a monastery), then you can place one of your control markers on the tile to denote your control. Alternately, you can place your marker in the pasture on the tile as a farmer. Markers (called Followers by the publisher and called Meeples by us) cannot directly compete when placed, so to achieve some gains you must place your marker, then use later tiles to connect up to it.

As subsequent tiles are arrayed on the board, objects get bigger or even merge. Once certain objects are completed, like roads and cities, or the monastery is surrounded, then the control marker is returned to you and you score the points. However, farmers are not returned and will score points at the game end (there are several rules variations for the farmer scoring).

Therefore, it's possible to have all of your control markers locked on the board on incomplete objects, and not be able to convert them into farmers later in the game. You must balance the need to score points during the game, and the need to score farmer points at game end.

The goal is to have the most points at the end, which can be tricky to control considering your choice for each turn isn't the tile itself, but rather the placement of the tile that you drew. Think of a more strategic version of Metro's tile placement, with some of the scoring methods from El Caballero or even the Very Clever Pipe game.

The 2003 limited edition package contains the original Carcassonne game, as well as three expansions: "The River", "Inns & Cathedrals", and "Traders & Builders".
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Re: Board games - Settlers of Catan and Carcassone
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: December 29, 2005 01:08PM
Settlers is a fun game. I usually can't get enough people to play with.
Thanks for the link.

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Re: Board games - Settlers of Catan and Carcassone
Posted by: Kiva
Date: December 29, 2005 05:01PM
a great classic:



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