Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My First Review: The Settlers of Catan

by Katie

The game: The Settlers of Catan is a board game, a grown-up board game actually, about getting lots of resources. you use them to buy and build things, and then you win by getting 10 points or more.

The Settlers of Catan

How to play: First off you pick your color. Then you set up the board. And then we put 2 roads and two houses on, and you get to start with a few of the cards. Also you have a little square card that tells you what you need to build or buy something. It’s pretty fun. Somebody rolls the dice, if they get 7 and you have more than 7 you have to put half back in the bank. If you roll a different number and you have a house or city on it, then your houses get you one card of that type and cities get you two. It’s pretty easy and pretty fun. Once you get cards you buy stuff with them by putting them back in the bank. The cards are wood, rocks, bricks, sheep, and wheat. If you get enough you can buy a development card if you want, or else you can buy houses, roads, and cities. Really fun. Oh, and this is how it is, if I have two wheat and my mommy wants one she can give me the stone I need and I can give her a wheat and then I can buy a development card. So trading is pretty cool. When you give 4 of the same things back to the bank you can get whatever you need. I got the longest road and the biggest army and a market victory card and 1 city and 3 houses, so I won.

What I like best: I got to be red and also I won

What I like least: That mom lost, but it’s just for fun

What is hard: First I started with no soldiers and I didn’t know if I would get any when I wanted them

What is easy: Setting up the houses was very easy

How much I liked it: It is twenty-hundred and fifty-nine percent excellent


  1. This review is twenty-hundred and fifty-nine percent excellent!

  2. I agree with Nilla and Dina!

  3. Wow! I'm trying to write a review of Settlers of Catan, and I think I could just borrow Katie's! Also, she's much cuter than I am.

  4. Thanks for stopping by! Yeah... Katie has most of us beat in the cute department! :)

  5. I'm not sure what I think of this. I'm going to assume that the adults playing helped Katie a fair amount with the rules and strategy so she could join in, which is cool. But I really don't think children so young should be encouraged to play relatively complex games of this nature: if they end up struggling with the rules or strategy then surely that's going to be off-putting for them rather than encourage them to connect to games in a positive manner? My eldest is six and likes to play Pitchcar and the D&D Adventure System board games: she needs help with the latter but that works well as it's a co-op. That's quite enough for now: I'll save Catan for when she's older.

  6. Hi Matt, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Here's the thing about kids, they are interested in what they want to be into, and Katie was bound and determined to learn to play Settlers of Catan at age 4. We had LOTS of other games to choose from, and lots of more age appropriate games, but this is the one she wanted to play. That said, it wasn't hard for her at all and she didn't need any help to play , even on the first play through. She learned it faster than many of our adult friends, and Settlers was her favorite game for over a year (it's since been trumped by Magic the Gathering at age 6!)She also begged to write this "first" review" and was a strong motivator in us starting this blog in the first place. I think it ultimately comes down to knowing what the right fit for your kid is. We now have a 3 1/2 year old son and I can almost guarantee he won't be learning Settlers until he's much older, if ever. He just has no interest in that type of game, and wants robots and dragons! If you don't feel its a good fit for your kids then it probably isn't. We are all about having fun playing games with your kids, no matter what the game is!!

  7. I would love to see a blog devoted to her boardgame reviews!

  8. Robert, she has quite a few on this site! If you click on the label Katie, just below the social media share buttons (hint, hint!), you can pull up some reviews done by her. Thanks for visiting!