★★½☆☆ Catan Dice Game; it’s like when a board game is based on a tv show, only this one is based on another game .

Check out this game if: if you already like the game Catan and would like a quick variation.

This game stands out because it is light (both physically and mentally). Using dice instead of resource cards (like in Catan) makes this game quick and efficient.

The biggest problem with this game is that you don’t get to interact much with the other players. 

Positive:
1. Similar enough to Catan to scratch that itch.
2. Different enough from Catan to own both.
3. This game is almost entirely luck which should keep it friendly.
4. No player elimination.
5. Game is quick, so even if you’ve had bad luck it doesn’t feel tasking.
6. Few options help you feel involved, but keeps turn time quick.

Negative:
1. Not much involvement with other players makes this feel like a solo game.
2. If you haven’t played Catan, the theme of this game might be harder to grasp -especially for younger players.
3. Some people shy away from the randomness of dice games.
4. The randomness of dice games can lack replayability.

Brief Overview:
In this game you are trying to obtain points. Points are awarded for building roads, settlements, cities, and knights. You obtain these features by claiming resources -which are obtained by rolling the dice. You can roll the dice three times and at the end of the third roll you mark (on the score pad) something you can afford to build with the resources showing on the dice. At the end of 15 rounds, the player with the most points wins.

There is a second version of this game on the back side of each score pad. The second version is very similar except there are points for longest road and largest army (similar to the original game Catan). The second version is also a race to a certain score -instead of highest score wins.

Number of Players 1-4
Age 8+
Time 15 mins
Friendly ★★★☆☆
Teachable ★★★☆☆
Replayability ★★☆☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★☆☆

Versions:
There are two versions of this game provided in the base set. There are alternate score pads you can buy online, but the base game should be sufficient for almost everyone.

Teaching Advice:
First explain that the goal is to gain points and points are earned by crossing off features on the map (explaining victory conditions first can help keep players attention). Then explain how you are allowed to cross off features and how you can re-roll the dice twice (like Yahtzee).

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Catan Dice Game on Amazon.

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