In a Nutshell: 2-Player strategic card game of building and expansion of a settlement in a race to 12 points.
(from the game’s site)
“In the Catan Card Game™ you control a group of settlers taming the lands of medieval Catan. Use the unique card mix to create a map of your own principality, then explore and settle new lands, acquiring resources through card play and the luck of the dice. Make use of gold and resource combinations to develop your domain. Expand your settlements and cities, recruit knights, and defend your territory through politics, tournaments, and intrigue!”
- Fun Rating: Fun
- ESRB: n/a
- Players/Mode: Two-player / vs
- Game Duration: 45 – 90 minutes
- System: card
- Developer: Klaus Teuber
- Website: Catan Card Game at Mayfair Games
- Cost: $16.80 at Amazon
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Playing the game
Players deal with random events and resource generation and then take turns either taking action against the other player or expanding their settlements. Expansion brings in more victory points and helps to deal with random events, while attacking the other player can slow them down and usually brings a scoundrelly sense of pleasure.
What the game gets right
Settlers of Catan Card Game plays relatively fast and sets up just as quickly, especially after you’ve played through it at least once.
The instruction book is compact, very descriptive, and is only as big as it is due to listing all of the available cards in the game (which is nice to read through while your opponent is taking their precious time taking their turn even though you know, as well as I do, that their efforts are futile; mere chaff to your civil engineering abilities!)
There’s not much to this game but they still give you a box division system.
What the game gets wrong
Nothing really comes to mind. This is a solid game.
Sum it up
Definitely a game to have on hand. Doesn’t take up much space to play so it’s easy to take with you and plays fast enough to get in a couple of games in one sitting.