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  • What is truly interesting about this board game is your invovlement in setting up the game
  • A settlement on a port may not be the best location for resources, but give you access to the sea where you can trade resources depending on which port you have
  • The game also has at least one expansion pack that I know of, that can add more to the game

    • by Jer
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      Settlers is a board game that has recieved board game of the year awards in America and Germany. The game focuses a lot on trade, development, settlement, and diplomacy between players. You start off with two settlments, and you get to choose where those settlements are. Players have 5 resources considered highly valued in the game (Plains, which can house sheep), Farms (Which can grow wheat), Mountains (Which can be mined for Ore, Forests (Which can be cut down to provide Wood), and Dirt-like areas which provide clay/brick building materials.

      What is truly interesting about this board game is your invovlement in setting up the game. The board game is divided into several pieces, that you can put together in any order you want, you can even do


      this randomely. This allows you to essentially make your own map, and place resources wherever you want. The board game uses dice to roll to see what areas produce during that turn. For instance, since the you roll two die, the chances of rolling a 2 are much lower than rolling a 6 or 8. (2 only has 1,1 while 8 has(2,6 3,5, 4,4)

      These numbers again, can be placed in whatever order or plot of land you wish, they can be placed randomely as well. Ports also add another aspect in the game. A settlement on a port may not be the best location for resources, but give you access to the sea where you can trade resources depending on which port you have.

      Each round goes like this,

      A player rolls 2 die. The number he rolls, each player, including the player that rolled, gets resources if they have settlements on those plot numbers. The player than gets to do different actions. He can do each action, if possible, but some or all depending on how you play can be done more than once. (For instance some play you can’t build more than 1 settlement per turn).

      You can choose to build a settlement.

      You can choose to upgrade a settlement to a city.

      You can choose to build a road (which will allow you to reach other plots of land)

      You can choose to draw a development card (Which have special cards, sometimes allowing you special actions, let’s you recruit a soldier, or gives you points.

      A ...


      • Settlers game
      game usually ends when a player reaches a number of points decided on before the game starts. 10 is usually a good number.

      Each settlement gives the player 1 point in total. The player with the longest road gets 2 points. The player with the largest army that is above 3 soldiers, gives the player 2 points. Some development cards automatically give points. Cities count as two points.

      A settlement gets 1 resource when its number plot is drawn, but a city gets 2 resources when its number plot is drawn.

      Each action as described early costs resources, for instance building a settlement costs 1 wheat, 1 wood, 1 sheep, and 1 clay.

      While upgrading a settlment to a city costs 2 wheat, and 3 ore.

      Overall this game is rather

      simple once you get the hang of it, but is also very fun. The game has great replay value since you can essentially make a new board game everytime you play, eventually you might run out of scenarios, but since the game has several plots of land and you can place numbers in several different ways, it would take a lot games for this to happen. The game also has at least one expansion pack that I know of, that can add more to the game. I would suggest this board game to all ages, but due to some complexity such as trading resources between players and building actions, would be most suitable for players above the ages of 8. Kids and Adults can both find this game fun.




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