Sunday, July 01, 2007

Two new favorite games

I've been playing a lot of Munchkin and Settlers of Catan lately. These both are quickly becoming my new favorite tabletop games. I'm really loving Munchkin for its simplicity and sheer amount of silliness. The Duck of Doom? Genius. Plus, it's a great group game that just about anyone can learn within a few turns. With so many sets already in existence it's always going to be a different experience each time.

Now, Settlers of Catan is a very different game. Gone are the puns, jokes, and over-the-top humor. Instead we have a game of micromanaging and deep thinking. It's a battle of resources and land, and each game is different thanks to a board made up of randomly assorted tiles. So far I haven't won once, but I'm still having a good time. A player wins by reaching a set number of victory points which are earned through a bunch of different tasks such as building the longest road and gathering the largest army. It's fun and complicated. Unlike Munchkin, a Settlers game can take up to three hours to play.

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