Settlers of America

Settlers of America

Settlers of Catan is one of my favorite board games ever and I never get tired of playing it – especially with the Cities & Knights expansion. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I first saw Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails. I thought it would be weak spin-off and after a few games I would want to revert back to original, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Now I’ve only played two games, but so far it’s proved very different from the original Settlers of Catan. The resource hexagons are set in the board which is in the shape of the United States of America and most of them have fixed numbers, but some of the hexes use number tokens. I think Settlers of Catan scores better replay value here simply because each time you play the game the board can be entirely different from the previous game (especially with the 5-6 player expansion packs). The gameplay has some similar elements (both were designed by Klaus Teuber), but the strategy is very different, which means Settlers of America stands apart as a different game to master. I’m still figuring out the strategy, but my 2-0 record since we started playing yesterday tells me I’m on the right track.

Settlers of America

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