I’d heard about Settlers of Catan a hundred billion times, at least, as it’s widely called “The Fazzer Of Ze Euroz Gaming”, and I’ve heard it panned by Ameritrash folks as a gaming atrocity. Although not as widely hated, at least publicly, as renaissance farming or weenie trading games, it has been the subject of scorn and ridicule. “It doesn’t have a body count”, they said. “It doesn’t have much player interaction”, the said.
Are you one who believes in playing the game the way the rules tell you to play it every time, or . . . are you willing to mess with the written rules to get a game that is more fun with just a few tweaks and changes? You know what kind of guy I am. If I were always willing to go along with the original rules, Tunnels and Trolls would never have been created.
This game is about imperialistic interplanetary conquering, invasion and resources exploitation. This game is not about going to a planet and invading it. This game is about going to a planet with your clones (why use unique humans!) and using the existing residents and creatures to fight against each other in order to get you Rubium and victory points to win the game.
One of the biggest (if not the biggest) supporter of the UK Games Expo is Mayfair games. The publishers and brains behind Settlers of Catan pretty much anywhere in the world make the heck of an effort to support conventions and exhibitions such as this, and we were lucky enough to catch up with Larry Roznai, the biggest brain in Mayfair, and ask him a bunch of questions about a bunch of everything.
Dragonmeet has three types of activities going on. Lots and lots of games (both established and beta gaming), the trade floor where a few varied companies sell their wares, and last but not least the seminars, where leading people in the industry spend an hour each showing you what a nice bunch they are (no…. seriously… they’re amazing).