July 13, 2007

After playing Carcassonne, it has become obvious to me that Microsoft released its first two board game classics in the wrong order. I like Catan, I really do, but Carcassonne is fast, simple to learn, and it’s not too hard to become a decent player. Catan, on the other hand, is more cerebral. Victory hinges on one’s ability to make great trades and dominate the board without seeming like a threat. If Microsoft’s plan was to ease video gamers into the world of board games, they really should have started with Carcassonne. The only thing it lacks is a work-safe reason to say A

Score: 5/5

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