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Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

Interesting thoughts on game design in this Wired article about Settlers of Catan:

Instead of direct conflict, German-style games tend to let players win without having to undercut or destroy their friends. This keeps the game fun, even for those who eventually fall behind. Designed with busy parents in mind, German games also tend to be fast, requiring anywhere from 15 minutes to a little more than an hour to complete. They are balanced, preventing one person from running away with the game while the others painfully play out their eventual defeat. And the best ones stay fresh and interesting game after game.

I first played this in 2003 when studying abroad in Germany. I finally ordered an English version; I’m excited to start playing with friends again.


De-Pong: pong played on the facade of a building with windows as obstacles. Fun stuff.