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Re: Settlers Of Catan
« Reply #90 on: October 22, 2020, 02:38:00 PM »
To clarify, the Japan map is not a cooperative game; rather, certain routes count towards
all players' connections (and building the most of those is the end-game 10-point bonus).

(Or something like that.)
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Re: Settlers Of Catan
« Reply #91 on: October 24, 2020, 09:14:54 PM »
High-level (or claiming to be) Catan channels on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUsKNYO4po7rXrKJ2K8v42g/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/Treeckosaurus/videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDJstAeSqadgast_hHFSQPg/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/ProDuckChins/videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/topgunsam/videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/InkFPS/videos
(Probably not high-level - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDrtxBS3DMhqobEksONH1XQ/videos )

Just noticed this post recently.

DyLighted (the first link) is definitely the most well known Catan youtuber and he has some really good advice.

Treeckosaurus is also pretty good, he has videos on base game and on Cities and Knights. I've played against him in both, he is a great player.

The rest I don't know much about. (I just watched a video from the last one, pretty silly but he did have some good moves.)

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Re: Settlers Of Catan
« Reply #92 on: October 24, 2020, 09:16:44 PM »
Playing the seafarers version of caton..

   The 1st scenerio is Heading for new shores.
 The variable setup allows you to place the red production numbers randomly, but they should not be placed next to each other.

 While the "Fog Islands"..
 The Variable Set up allows for the terrain hexes and number tokens to be redistributed freely, but doesn't mention anything about the red numbers being together.
 
 While in the set up photos the red numbers are touching each other.

 Here's some pics..

 Heading for new shores. Shows to keep the red digits apart.



Fog Islands..



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Re: Settlers Of Catan and Ticket to Ride
« Reply #93 on: October 25, 2020, 02:46:54 PM »
To clarify, the Japan map is not a cooperative game; rather, certain routes count towards
all players' connections (and building the most of those is the end-game 10-point bonus).

(Or something like that.)

certain routes count towards all players' connections.
If you don't contribute to the public network you lose 25 point.
In a two player game the greater contributor get +10, the lesser contributor -10, so it's an effective 20 point bonus.
Like in all TTR, you can win without getting the bonuses.
It was my wife's favorite until she figured out how to game the system in a two player game, at which point it (the board, not my wife  ;)) became stupid.

I would not buy the USA or Europe maps without at least planning on adding the 1910/1912 expansions.
The original cards in USA are half size cards, and 1910 replaces them with full size, and adds many more routes.

Based on the boards we have:
I would advise someone new to the game to start with the original USA to get used to the basic rules, and progress from there.
Europe adds ferries and tunnels. Nordic is similar. but are "base" games, with base prices (though all can be found on sale as cheap as $20)

Switerland/India basically dont add any new rules over Europe/Nordic though have original bonuses (India: connect the route in a circle. Switzerland: City to neighboring country)  and could be a good first expansion.

The other boards build on the rules introduced in USA/Europe/Nordic/Germany (I'll deal with Germany later)

Japan/Italy: Japan eyin leil. Italy has a unique ferry system, and I find it to be an interesting board - bonus for connecting regions. Longer board than the rest - you may not have room for it on the table! (especially in a Yechida!)
UK/Penn: UK is my personal favorite. It's sort of a history of trains game. At the start, you can only build 1 and 2 train length routes, and only in England. You can buy technologies that allow you to build longer routes, and into Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and France, to build ferries and get some bonuses...There's even a 40 point route. It's a more mature game. Penn turns scoring on its head. after you build most routes you earn stocks in various train companies. The more stock in a company you have at the end of the game...the more points. Highly recommended!!
France/Old West. France: Its a whole new game. You have to build the tracks before you can put trains on them. Old West: You start from a home city and can only build connections to it... it's our least favorite map to play as a couple. Its also a wider board than the rest...def wont fit on Yechida table.

Germany: base game (comes with the trains, and train deck) has separate decks for long and short routes. can be a lot of fun for two players, but if you have USA or Europe...you don't NEED it.
Poland: Smaller board expansion. unless you have a really small table in your dira, you dont really need it. I actually bought it because I wanted to learn the geography of Poland. like where Krakow in relation to Warsaw. ( yeah i'm a history/geography buff). Simple rules, like USA, no ferries or tunnels.
Rails and Sails: our newest board. so far a great game, but MUUUCH more complicated that the other boards. also quite a bit more expensive. I recommend it for when your really good at the other boards. also larger board, measure your table first.
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Re: Settlers Of Catan and Ticket to Ride
« Reply #94 on: October 25, 2020, 04:29:02 PM »
France: You have to build the tracks before you can put trains on them.

The way this works is that many routes start out blank - they have no color and can't be claimed.
When you take cards, you also choose a colored strip to place along a route of the same length, to
be returned to the color-strip pool once the route is claimed (the supply of lengths/colors is limited).
Some of the blank tracks intersect with each other and are mutually exclusive; once a
color-strip has been placed on one of them, the other becomes unusable for that game.
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Re: Settlers Of Catan
« Reply #95 on: November 06, 2020, 12:03:42 PM »
I recommend Cities and Knights but I would suggest reading the rules online first to get a sense of the game.

You also should be able to try it for free in the Catan Universe app using a scroll to unlock it for a few (24?) hours. If you want, we can arrange a game, did you ever check to see if the friend request came through?
https://www.amazon.com/Catan-Studios-CN3075-Expansion-Explorers/dp/B00U26V6WS/?

 Shall I go for this or rather get City & knights?
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Re: Settlers Of Catan
« Reply #97 on: November 22, 2020, 01:57:54 PM »
Expansions on sale at Target and possibly Amazon.

This is on sale, too - https://www.miniaturemarket.com/cn2510.html
That's from 2010, which seems to have been a strange year for Catan:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/196928/catan-scenarios-catanimals
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