Board Game Catan Research Paper

Catan—More than a Board Game
Tensions are high and everyone is extremely focused, which simply means everyone is close to winning the game. Relief hits me as I roll a 3 and acquire the ore resource card I’ve been patiently waiting to pick up for 3 rounds. I combine that ore with a wool and grain resource and draw a development card. As I look at the card, my heart begins to race. While keeping a poker face, I pass the dice to the next player knowing I can win on my next turn if nobody else wins before me. Fortunately for me, play advances twice without any action and only the roll of the player on my right remains before I get to announce my victory. As the player before me rolls the dice, a smirk begins to form on her face as she picks up her resource cards, places 5 of them in the pile and announces that she is building a city which gives her the victory.
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They had many questions, most of which I could answer. However, some questions delayed the game while I searched the manual for answers. At times the wording in the manual wasn’t the greatest so we had to compromise on what we thought the rule should be. This resulted in games which lasted closer to 90 minutes. It wasn’t until 2-3 games later that we all felt comfortable enough playing the game without constantly referring to the manual, which in the end resulted in games lasting just short of one hour. When you are first learning Catan, it is imperative that you be patient and take time to read the manual if you have any doubts on a rule. The new terminology and gameplay can be frustrating, but that same new gameplay is what makes the game so unique.
Simply put, Catan is an addicting game. Our family generally allots time for 3-4 games per week so we can have our family bonding time. Approximately one year ago we purchased Catan, and despite having at least 20 other games to choose from, we almost always play Catan, every night we do

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