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BOARD Settlers of Catan hints?

Discussion in 'Games' started by pronker, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. pronker

    pronker Jedi Master star 4

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    My college-age son is visiting for Christmas break and I'd like some hints, any hints, to make me less lame at this game. I don't think he realizes how much brain power it takes me to learn all these rules. In its favor, it is less time-consuming than Eldritch Horror, although that was fun once we got into it.[face_idea]
     
  2. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Brick and wood are more valuable early game, wheat and ore later on. Try to set up your initial settlements to get as much resource variety as possible, near the largest numbers available.
     
  3. pronker

    pronker Jedi Master star 4

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    Thanks. Settlements near the sea sounded a good strategy, as well. I didn't like the idea of getting cut off. Perhaps this time we'll complete a game.
     
  4. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Whenever possible, you'll want to build your settlements at the intersection of 3 lines. Near the sea means you're only getting 1 or 2 chances to get a resource.
     
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  5. pronker

    pronker Jedi Master star 4

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    Oh. All right then, this sounds like a plan.
     
  6. HighWiredSith

    HighWiredSith Jedi Master star 2

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    Catan is all about where you put your initial settlements. You have to have at least one settlement adjacent to sectors with high average dice rolls 5-8. Otherwise, you'll start from behind and it's almost impossible to catch up. Building your second settlement near the sea is fine, as long as you can take over a port in the first 4-5 turns, which can help with resource generation. Also don't be afraid to use the robber and go on the offensive, blocking other players. If you're cut throat and really want to win, a good offensive strategy usually does the trick, but you'll piss off the other players and be accused of ruining an otherwise fun game.
     
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  7. Senator Kelberry

    Senator Kelberry Jedi Master star 4

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    Don't be afraid to ask if anyone has Wood for Sheep. [face_laugh]

    Also, more seriously, be sure your first settlements get you wood and brick in some combination, they're essentials for roads and other settlements. Obviously go for the good numbers if you can, but even if you can't, don't be afraid to take less common numbers. You'd be amazed how often they can come up on rolls sometimes, no matter what the odds say. Another strategy most of my friends go with is doing our best to use keep putting the thief on neutral spaces as often as we can, because it keeps everyone more ameniable to trading. If you play cutthroat and rob everyone all the time, you make enemies fast. I usually only do it if I REALLY need something and I know someone has it.
     
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