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Posts Tagged ‘Settlers of Catan

Monopoly:Anti-Monopoly::Settlers:Spirit Island

I first had this thought when Spirit Island was released (“This is Anti-Settlers”), and having played through the Steam tutorial, I see no reason to change my mind. Spirit Island is also tapping into that Jungian “pre-industrial, back to nature, state of grace” current that made Avatar the biggest movie of all time (made solely on computer!)

Anyway, no deep thoughts on this, although I was idly wondering if there were any other game pairs where the second is an ideological reversal of the first. (I’m sure there are, but none jump out at me at this pre-caffeine moment). I “collect” such pairings. (My favorite in pop Music is “Look Back in Anger” by Bowie and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis).

So — Open thread for examples! (I’m sure there are many pedagogical games, but Settlers/Spirit actually work as games…just as Bowie/Oasis produced great songs….)

Written by taogaming

March 16, 2021 at 8:44 am

Phrases I’d never thought I’d see together

  • “Settlers of Catan,” and
  • “Insert gratuitous Nazi reference here.”

Courtesy of the Onion’s avclub.

I do like the following comment on Cities and Knights:

Hitting upon the excellent idea of removing all the compelling simplicity of the original version, he crafted a game that was just as strategically and tactically challenging, but also ridiculously overcomplicated

I then noticed that the author lives in San Antonio, and complains that nobody here is hardcore enough to play C&K. The mind boggles.

Written by taogaming

June 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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Gaming with Little Miss

On New Years, I told my daughter that she was probably old enough to play “Daddy’s Games.” Needless to say, she beemed with pride. We’ve mainly been playing Settlers of Catan (with Jacqui); she wins often. It’s a forgiving game, given the dice and that Jacqui and I will rob each other rather than Rebecca, unless she’s in the lead.

I’ve also introduce Ticket to Ride, which she wants to play again. I don’t think she has a realistic chance to win (without deliberately throwing the game), so I’m pushing Settlers for now.

Written by taogaming

January 8, 2006 at 6:11 pm