April 15, 2009

Settlers of Catan Geographies: Germany

Attention Settlers Fans, the designer and publisher that brought you the most famous Eurogame of all time decided to put their heads together once again for the 60th anniversary celebration of the founding of Germany. The result: Catan Geographies: Germany [Amazon, Funagain], a well-themed and streamlined version of the Settlers of Catan experience.

There are a few major difference between this title and your average Settlers. The elephant in the room is that the map is set in stone: You'll be settling Germany from towns all the way to a full nation, and not populating a randomly drawn set of terrain (this is very similar of what Catan Histories did for Western Europe). Additionally you'll start with three settlements instead of two, and there's no city building; instead you're tasked with building your faction's catan-like infrastructure, and tasked with building a collection of famous landmarks pulled from German history.

But like Settlers, things that affect you happen on every turn, and the first person to 10 victory points goes home the victor.

'Catan: Germany' was first available in Germany in 2008, but has rolled up on American shores this year. That means it's been out for a long enough time for the community to put it through its paces. Check the Catan Geographies: Germany page on BGG for a selection of user reviews and raitings.

Here are the game's official details:

A Game of Discovery, Geography, and History in the land of Poets and Thinkers.

Explore and settle the storied land of Germany using the elegant, award-winning game design from The Settlers of Catan®. Here, you will find great social interaction, simple rules, beautiful German geography, rich history and lore, and 12 wonderfully-sculpted landmarks.

"Catan Geographies: Germany" is a game about trade, building, and settlement. Start with town halls in 3 cities. Then build roads to neighboring cities, where you can purchase landmarks and new town halls. Town halls create resource production, while the unique landmarks generate special awards. Both yield victory points-- as do the Longest Road, Largest Army, and the historically-based victory point cards.

So, have fun with friends or family while casually discovering the novel geography and history of Germany.

"Catan Germany" contains:

  • An amazing, color map board depicting 28 different city scenes and 12
    historic landmarks.
  • 120 cards (including 90 resource cards, 26 development cards, and 4
    building cost cards).
  • 141 game pieces (including 12 landmarks, 80 roads, 48 town halls, and 1
    "Götz von Berlichingen").
  • 2 dice.
  • Rules and an illustrated geographic almanac

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Posted by Critical Gamers Staff at April 15, 2009 9:14 PM

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