Tuesday, February 01, 2022

#99: The Rivals for Catan (Mark's Top 100 2022)

The Rivals for Catan

    • rank: 889
    • rating: 7.0
    • published: 2010 (Catan Card Game published 1996)
    Print Status
    • in print
    Why It's On The List
    • This is a streamlined & much improved version of the two 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 with 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.
      • I'm the president of the "Rivals kicked Siedler:DSK to the curb" society.
      • 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.
      • This is the first of seven (7!) Klaus Teuber game designs that will appear on this countdown. 

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