BCM300: Blog 1 (Settlers of Catan)

Background

Catan Universe which was previously known as the Settlers of Catan or Settlers is a board game designed by Klaus Teuber as a multiplayer game in 1995. The game was published by different publishers depending on the language, CATAN Studio Inc, the USA published the English version game. Settlers of Catan is available in more than 40 languages and there are approximately 20 million people spending time on the game regularly (The official website for the world of CATAN). Settlers of Catan is a fun board game designed especially for the family to play together as it demands clever and strategic moves which help people to reshape the way they think about strategies in real life. However, according to (Settlers of Catan Board Game), the main audience of the board game is the people above age 10. The best part of this game is that the game can be played in both the online and offline world. 

Catan GmbH 2021. (n.d.). The official website for the world of CATAN. CATAN GmbH | Catan.com. https://www.catan.com/about-us/catan-gmbh.

Gameplay

Settlers of Catan require 3-4 people to play the game and it requires 10 victory points for a player to win the game. So how do get the victory points? The player needs to build the settlements and cities where each settlement is worth one victory point while each city is worth two victory points. Another way to gain victory point is through the development cards which have 5 victory point cards. Finally, the last way to gain the victory point is to have the longest road or the largest army to gain 2 victory points.

To move on, to build the settlements, cities, roads, or developing cards, you will be required to collect and gather required resources when the dice is rolled. There are a total of 5 different resources as “wood”, “ore”, “brick”, “wheat” and “sheep”. Moreover, you can also trade these resources with your other players or with the supply (bank). It’s very simple in trading as you trade by giving and taking their resources which you want.

My Experience

When I first started playing Settlers of Catan online, it was quite confusing and difficult as I was unaware of how to play the board game. I played the game without looking at the tutorials which made it difficult for me. However, when I check out the tutorial before playing my second game, I enjoyed the game as I knew what I have to do. One thing the game touched my attention is how well the game is designed. The outlook of the game has very bright colors which attracted me to the game and made me very astonished.

Settlers of Catan also enforced me to focus on the game and make good strategies at the right time to win the victory games. For example, when I was playing the game, one player used a strategy to trade some resources with e and I didn’t pay attention, which as a result I lost the important resources which I was about to make settlements and cities with. This inaccuracy helped me using the same strategies to win the victory points. While I was playing the game, I was always thinking of winning the game and having the best resources for it. This helps players to focus on winning and not to give up.

To conclude, I find settlers of Catan a very good game to play as it helps people make correct strategies which can also help them in their actual life. The game also makes the players set up goals and never give up. In addition, these games help players I’m their real life’s also. Finally, The game is also well designed with good colors used and graphics.

Shots taken when I played Settlers of Catan

References:

Catan GmbH 2021. (n.d.). The official website for the world of CATAN. CATAN GmbH | Catan.com. https://www.catan.com/about-us/catan-gmbh.

2021 Target Brands, Inc. (n.d.). Settlers of Catan Board Game. Target. https://www.target.com/p/settlers-of-catan-board-game/-/A-10979101.

Published by Aqib Ali

Bachelors in Communication and Media

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