Best New Board Game Award: The Settlers of Catan

I can trace my earliest obsession with board games back to age six when my friend Erica and I used to attempt to secretly pull all-nighters to play the game of Life. In my freshman year of college my attention turned firmly to cards and scrabble. Lots of Scrabble. My friend Annie and I used to ditch boyfriends and parties to hole up in a booth at our favorite coffee shop and play game after game.

For group games I have always been partial to Outburst, Taboo and recently Apples to Apples. Of course in the non-board game category, charades and celebrity are always winners. Recently though, I have a new board game love: The Settlers of Catan. The premise of the game is simple. Each player takes on the role of a settler on the game board and must attempt to build and develop their settlement by trading and purchasing resources. No one gets knocked out and there is a nice balance between strategy and chance.

Now the minor hitch. The first time you play Settlers, it can be confusing. It comes with a really long detailed instruction booklet and the before it sinks in, the point of making various moves can be elusive. Once you have one game under your belt though it is extremely fun and addictive. Settlers is a German board game created in 1995 and you can buy all kinds of expansion sets to add game options or increase the number of people who can play at one time.

If it has been awhile since you had a fun board game night I think you need to get Settlers and give it a try. If you have a friend who has played before and can walk you through it the first time, even better! You can pick up the game here!