Monday, March 09, 2015

#44: The Rivals for Catan (Mark's 100 - 2014)

The Rivals for Catan

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 44th
  • 2012: 18th
  • 2010: 90th (as The Catan Card Game)
  • 2005: 81st (as The Catan Card Game)
  • rank: 438
  • rating: 7.17
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • This is a streamlined & MUCH improved version of the 2 player Catan Card Game (which I first played - with German cards! - as Siedler von Catan: Das Kartenspiel).
Tips & Tricks:
  • The expansions are both very good... and add a lot of variety to the game.
  • You can NOT neglect building at least 2 settlements... that's really the only "don't miss" strategy tip.
  • This is, like many games with lots of cards w/effects, a game that plays quicker & with many more interesting decisions once you've played it a few times to get to know what the cards can (and can't) do. I strongly suggest playing the introductory game followed almost immediately by a "regular" game with the Age of Gold deck in order to begin learning the system and the basic cards.
  • Notice how far up this game jumped in my top 100 due to the new version... I'm the president of the "Rivals kicked Siedler:DSK to the curb" society.
  • I have now played the iOS version - it's not perfect but the AI is pretty good and I'm glad I own it.
  • I wrote incredibly in-depth reviews of the base game and of the expansions for the Opinionated Gamers (which were then re-published on this blog)... the first one is particularly aimed at those who were wondering if they should make the switch from the original game.


Matt Sears said...

Played the original English version quite a bit for a while. But it's pretty dusty nowadays.

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Dear Readers:

Please follow Matt Sear's links when he posts them - it's been fun to hear his take on my top 100.