I’m not a big fan of the original Settlers of Catan. There’s too much luck and I’m not a trader. It seems longish as well. However, the bits are nice and it’s often cited as the number on gateway game. People who don’t play a lot of nerdier board games will play Settlers of Catan.
Well, The Settlers of Catan Dice Game takes all the elements of the original Settlers that people liked and chucks them out the window.
It’s a dirt simple press your luck dice game. There’s zero interaction and a lot of dice rolling. The game also features my least favorite game bit, the score sheet. Each player has to have one to play. Since there’s no limit to how many people can play because you’re playing against yourself with no interaction, you could have two 50 player games and be out of score sheets.
Actually, the dice game can be played as one of two different games (each side of the score sheet). We only played the first simpler game. In this game, you call roll the dice up to 3 times to get enough of the resources you need to build a road, village, city or night. You score points when you get these different goals. As you build roads, you color in the roads and move toward the villages. After fifteen rounds, you total up each round score and declare a winner. There’s no way to affect another’s score in any way. So, it’s just a bunch of people chucking dice for an hour. Oh yea, the printed time said 15 minutes to play, but it took the four of us an hour.
So, why did Shells even get the game? Did’ja see the sweet dice cup in the picture? That’s why.
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