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Interested in some TableTop?

I admit Settlers of Catan isn’t one of my favorite games but the group I play with enjoy it.  In my gaming group it always seems to come down to whomever gets the most sheep, and when said group revels in immaturity, well… I feel sorry for those poor grazing herbivores.  As I’ve written in my Settlers of Catan game session: “In the Game of Catan you either have the largest civilization or you lay with sheep. There is no middle ground.”  That said, it was extremely fun watching Wil Wheaton and his friends play it in Episode 2 of his series.

Despite the number of times a 7 was rolled and resources were stolen, I was surprised that no one ever had more than seven cards when the robber showed up.  I was really looking forward to players’ reactions when they would be forced to lose half their hand.

In Episode 4 they played was Ticket to Ride, another game that I don’t mind but isn’t a favorite, but that could be because when I lose it’s by a small margin.  With the right people it can be loads of fun though.

It was another great video, and I burst out laughing when that horrific thing happens at the end of the game before the final points can be tallied.  I can’t count the number of times that has been threatened in my group.

I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes of TableTop which are released on the Geek & Sundry YouTube Channel twice a month on Fridays.


A Game of Catan (game session)

The Players:

  • Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy, formerly “The Usurper”; The Risk Master
  • Gary: the previous holder of the Risk Master trophy; The Atlantean Champion
  • Alan: has never won the trophy, despite his love of nuclear explosions; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”

The Game: Settlers of Catan

Although it wasn’t a short game, it didn’t seem to drag out (well, at least to me it didn’t). Pete just kept chopping down trees and at the nearby port traded two of these resources for whatever his devious mind devised. He was even so lucky as to have the bonus for the longest road… well, for a while that is. Alan came out of nowhere and snatched that bonus from under Pete’s nose, and then just continued to build roads. Apparently roads are the wave of the future.

Although everyone’s society grew, Peter was clearly the threat. Still, he wasn’t above using the robber to his advantage by having him rob from the same two settlements/cities over and over and over again. Despite this, Pete also deployed his knights to these areas as well and claiming these spoils. Using both robbers and knights! How very much like Pete!

You may have noticed that Gary hasn’t been mentioned much yet. This is why: while there is little truth to the allegations that he had wood for sheep, it is however known that he greatly enjoyed the company of his sheep and often kept several herds around him at all times.

In the Game of Catan you either have the largest civilization or you lay with sheep. There is no middle ground. Pete won the Game of Catan.

[This game session has been brought to you by The Usurper/New King.]

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