For Christmas we bought a new game for Annalise called The Settlers of Catan. It’s a very fun family game that both our girls (ages 9 and 10) enjoy playing. It’s not for young kids because it can take an hour or so to play, and it requires that players be able to read.
We find that family games are a great way to have fun with our kids. We also have a few friends that we’ve played with and they’ve enjoyed it as well.
Basically, you win by getting to 10 victory points first. There is an island and players earn points by building settlements, cities, roads, and acquiring knights. You earn resources (wood, wool, brick, wheat, and ore) which you use to purchase your settlements, roads, etc. You can also trade with other players to get the resources you need. But you have to watch out for the robber who will steal you blind.
Ron has enjoyed the game so much, that we bought Catan Cities and Knights for his birthday. You need the base game, Settlers of Catan, to play the Cities and Knights version. We started a game last night and it is so much fun. We still have to earn victory points, but with Cities and Knights you need 13 to win. With the new version, you also earn commodities (paper, cloth, and coin) which you use to make city improvements. There is also a barbarian ship which draws closer to the island, and if you’re unprotected, your city can be pillaged and reduced to a settlement. This is also a set-back because you lose victory points.
If you like games, this is a great one to invest in. It’s a bit like Monopoly, but doesn’t take days to play.