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GeekDad's Erik Wecks writes about "The Settlers of Catan" and what other games y...

 
March 24, 2013
GeekDad's Erik Wecks writes about "The Settlers of Catan" and what other games you should try playing for Wired.


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Moving Beyond Settlers of Catan: Part 1

Next Saturday (March 30th) is International Tabletop Day. It is a great time to host your first game night. But how in the world do you find out about great new board games to make your game night work? Here is a short guide I published a while back to help you move beyond Settlers and find great new games.

Somewhere along the way, someone has probably introduced you to the board game version of cocaine, The Settlers of Catan. If the sales figures and stats are to be believed, you got addicted. Without a doubt, Settlers is a modern classic, the Monopoly of today. The game hits the family game sweet spot in almost every way. You can play it over and over again without feeling bored, and it appeals to a wide audience, from children at age 9 to grandparents aged 69.

Settlers is nearly the perfect board game, kind of like Cherry Garcia is nearly the perfect ice cream. But even perfection can lose its luster without variety. One really needs to eat some Chunky Monkey every once in a while to continue to appreciate the bliss that is Cherry Garcia. So what do you buy after you have purchased Settlers? Of course, the next logical step is to buy the Settlers expansions — Seafarers, and Cities and Knights. But what then? Once the Settlers addiction has run its course, sorting through the mass of Euro-style and quality American board games can be confusing.

Quality games aren’t cheap either. It is kind of hard to drop $30 to $100 on a game if you don’t know that it is excellent. So, I want to present three different ways you can learn about new quality board games, followed by a list of surefire hits that will help you move from Settlers into the wider world of board games.

Read more at the link:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/03/beyond-settlers-part-1/