Looks like we only get one article this week. And, Noob’s Book Club will come over the weekend. Also, I got behind on the calendar for the YouTube page. What can I say? The end of the semester has been something else. Plus, I binge watched Pam and Tommy and finished up the latest season of Fargo last night. As a result, I never downloaded nor played American Truck Simulator and only have my experience of settling in Catan to write about.
At some point, they dropped the Settlers from the title. I figured it was because of colonialism and that’s one of the first results when I Google the reason. Fair enough. Anything we can do to try to bring some measure of healing to that ugly part of our history is good by me. I don’t know how much good it actually does, but I’ll let you keyboard warriors scream at one another about virtue signalling and just enjoy the game, whatever they call it.
Why, All of a Sudden?
Like many of you, I heard of Catan. For the most part, I heard good things. But, I never actually bought the game. I finally got to the point where I wanted to try it, so I bought it for Christmas. Well, actually, I did some research and saw that it was only 4 players recommended. Our family, as you know, is five. Sure, sometimes Aiden doesn’t consider himself a part of the family, but I wanted to give everyone the opportunity. Also, I started this last year by buying the whole family Nerf guns (that ended in disappointment as the war never developed) and wanted to continue this year. So, I bought Catan and the expansion pack for Christmas.
I Do Eff With Catan
While much of my tabletop gaming involves RPGs and now miniatures, I always find love for a good board game. I got the chance to play this one when we went over to our friends’ house for a post holiday get together. When Christine mentioned the game, she said that it’s one of their favorites. Perfect.
I played the first (and ultimately only) game against my youngest son and two of their sons. We messed up a few times, but just a friendly reminder or minor adjustment of the board and we were back at it. I can’t say that I brought much strategery to the first game, but I figured out a way to sandbag my way into a victory while they weren’t paying attention. Overall, a fun experience and we tried to get Quinn to play again this past weekend, but he wasn’t in the mood. So, another day.
Overall, I enjoyed my time settling into Catan. I want to try to play again, this time with more players. Who knows, maybe the stars will align like they did the other day. Aiden started working on a puzzle. Quinn and I joined and the three of us worked together for a good hour on that puzzle. Sometimes kids, even teenagers, surprise you.