Sunday, August 1, 2010

takin' it up a notch

Settlers of Catan wins hands-down for the most-played game in our house. 
Game-playing standards were broken when the youngest family member, age 5, not only learned HOW to play the game, but has mastered it and even claimed victory more than once.
A couple of weeks ago I was on Catan-overdose.  "NO MORE SETTLERS!" I announced after a marathon game that wore my nerves to a frazzle.  I've since recovered, and this afternoon when the cry of "Let's play a game!" went out, I knew what the popular choice would be.  I was almost sure I could handle it.
Just to make things interesting, (and to preserve my sense of dignity and patience) I suggested "Let's play speed Catan!"  You've heard of speed chess... same concept.  Once the dice are rolled and resources are distributed, you have 60 seconds to complete your turn.  Simple.  Everyone agreed.

Success~!
It didn't last all day and night, and there was a renewed sense of competition.  When the winner was declared, we all happily put the pieces away and did't feel a sense of foreboding doom lest someone feel the urge to play the game within, say, the next 48 hours.

7 comments:

Eric and Tammy Mitchell said...

love that game, I can't ever get anyone to play with me:( Maybe I can borrow some of you

Becky said...

Still have yet to play that game. I quite enjoyed Ticket to Ride tonight at Ben's house though.

shirlgirl said...

Glad you had fun with the game. I know that the entire H family loves board games, except Uncle D. Has your Dad played that one yet?

mckell.b.p.55 said...

Aha! Our house has experienced a renewed interest in Settlers of Zarahemla. It is rather addicting... :)

Jo Jo said...

Put Carcasonne on your Christmas list. You'll love that game as well. We are Settler fans over here.

Alana said...

Can't wait to play the Knights expantion with you guys again

Science Teacher Mommy said...

We love Settlers of Zarahemla. Along with all the same stuff, you also have the chance to build temple stones. But watch out for that Gadianton Robber.