Thursday, May 18, 2023

Playing Settlers of Catan on my phone

I like to play Settlers of Catan on my phone – specifically, the variation called Greater Catan, which includes the Seefarers and the Cities and Knights extensions, along with the gradual loss of resources on a large main island as the small neighboring islands are settled. When I play the regular game, I win about 80-90% of the time, but when I play Greater Catan, I win almost all the time. As with two related board games, Risk and Monopoly, this comes down to one simple thing: whoever takes a lead and controls resources tends to end up winning. In this scene, these militaristic, capitalistic, and colonialistic games are all very realistic. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 18 May 2023)

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