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Settlers of Catan: the best game ever made?

By on March 31, 2009
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Wired has run an article on German boardgame The Settlers of Catan that has swept the world and is beginning to make Americans play board games again.

It’s social, quick to play and attracts both adults and children, yet the German founders think that they need a console version to convert an American audience.

The article offers an insight into an entirely different form of game design and yet, if you believe Kristian Segerstrale of Playfish, one that will become increasingly important as games move into the social network sphere.

And if you haven’t played Settlers of Catan, you can buy it from Amazon.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: thecurveonline.com
  • It’s definitely easy to learn and hard to master – and in its vanilla version it plays completely differently with three, four or five players, let alone if you’re adding on expansions. I think Puerto Rico and Agricola are more balanced, tougher games (and old-hand Diplomacy is the fairest / nastiest), but Catan’s definitely the best. The Live Arcade and various Windows versions are really well made too.