Settlers of Canaan Game Nights

Next Game Night: APRIL 20, 2006

Comprised of good friends (at least until the dice start rolling!), this motley band of characters gathers from time to time to play Cactus Game Design's Settlers of Canaan. In no particular order, they are…

Jack – Senior member of the bunch, has a penchant for high percentages and safe and proven strategies, usually a gimme for building the longest road. Cake, anyone?

John – The Harvard Man, the family man, a real man's man, keeps Diet Code Red on tap, likes to mix it up on the gameboard, experimenting with various tactics.

Jim – A wild card, unpredictable, but a brute force when going toe-to-toe, hides a wiley strategic sense behind a wide and friendly grin. Sometimes shifty, okay, not really.

Scott – Brilliant, fearsome, gracious; it's good to be the webmaster.

Steve – The triple-A call-up made an impressive debut his first time in the bigs.

Coop – Feared Bible scholar and strategist, plays by his gut, and always full of surprises. His moves sometimes result in the utterance of "I've never seen that before!"

Eddie– The competitor. When the game face goes on, you can kiss your sorry strategy goodbye. Just don't feed him a fastball down the center of the plate – had 21 dingers in '99.

Game Summaries

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - Details
A doubleheader, under the pearly white pagoda. And the cork problem...

Friday, January 6, 2006
Jack and Scott initiated Coop and Eddie into the world of Settlers. The new guys quickly got the hang of it, but the veterans pushed ahead, with Scott taking the game and building the longest road.
Scott - Jack - Eddie - Coop
Later that day, Jim jumped back into the fray for another game that went until 2 in the morning. Jim narrowly edged Scott out by building all his cities and settlements. Scott, uncharacteristically had the longest road again and would've reached 12 VPs on the next play after Jim snagged a dozen. Lots of plagues.
Jim - Scott - Jack - Coop

Thursday, November 3, 2005
Another twinbill, and a serious case of whoopin up by Emperor John.
John - Jack - Scott - Jim
John - Jack - Jim - Scott

Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - Details
A good night to play two, but a doubleheader for the northern concentration strategy...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - Details
With a new guy at the table, the three wiley veterans decided to take it easy on Steve...

Monday, June 27, 2005
An impromptu game night, that brought Jack, John, and Scott together around the board. Jack placed his first settlement in his favorite 8-9-10 vertex, he and John shared the copper hex, and Scott opted for the southern strategy, creating a perimiter along the Jerusalem hexes. Then the plague hit! The first several times around the board saw the plague time and time again. It was unreal. (By the end of the game, 18 black stones filled the city grid!) Jack battled Scott for the longest road and benefitted from a VP development card. The latter suffered from a dearth of resource cards and could only muster 3 VPs by game's end. The powerhouse was John, who built settlements and cities quickly, and got the right mix of cards to purchase Priests, gaining those 2 VPs. We contemplated tracking die rolls, as the game seemed way out of balance the entire time.
John - Jack - Scott

Friday, May 13, 2005
Scott -
John - Jack - Jim

Friday, March 25, 2005
Jim -
John - Jack
John -
Jack - Jim

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Jack -
Scott - Jim - John

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Scott -
Fragos - John - Jack

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Jack -
John - Scott

Thursday, December 2, 2004
Jack -
John - Scott


The Hit Game Travels to the Promised Land
Based on the hit Settlers of Catan series of games, Settlers of Canaan transplants the system to the lands of the Old Testament.

A few of the main differences are that the mapboard is fixed, that the "robber" is now a "plague," and that players can gain a VP by building stones for the construction of the city of Jerusalem.

"To play well, one must consider the nested ramifications of each decision one makes."
From the Wikipedia website description of Settlers of Catan.




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Blue Guidon Games, Waveland Creative, LLC