I would recommend adding this to your collection if you have a kid or two around 8 yrs+.
If you don’t understand fully what I am talking about in this post or why of it, I would recommend watching this video from Simon Sinek:
My reasons for the recommendation for the game:
- One of my goals for the year was to spend quality time with my family, something I have wanting to for several years, but not able to for multiple reasons. One being finding a common topic among 4 people with diverse interests. Catan serves the purpose! All 4 of us love the game. It allows for quality 1-2 hrs family time laughing and playing together without any role of internet and electronics.
- I’ll admit, today we played three rounds spending about 5 hours together.
- For kids of current generation who have a very small attention span and get distracted easily, this game has been surviving for last several months atleast for now 😌
- Catan is satisfying to play. As a game best played with a poker face and a good set of bluffing skills, it rewards long-term foresight and strategies more than rushed or brute-forced game play techniques.
- It is not luck based, though we use a pair of dice. Skills and evolution are very important
- Just like chess, it involves guessing your opponent’s next move
- It inculcates some must have capitalist skills like smart trading, knowing your resources, knowing what resources you lack and how to still obtain them in the kids
- It clearly convinces the players that a not so good beginning or not getting initial opportunities is not the end of the road, you can bounce back.
- Occasional “dead” turns: Sometimes a player’s turn consists of rolling the dice and nothing else, because they didn’t get any resources since their last turn. Teaches a very important concept – dealing with disappointment
- Winning after a series of losses over several days leads to jubilation. A feeling very important for today’s generation to deal with.