Catan Junior

July 14, 2014

Hey friends. Wait wait, let's try that again, once more....with enthusiasm. Hey FRIENDZ!!!!! I have a big fun for you today. 

But let's discuss the weather first. We've had several days in a row of 90 degree weather. And while I make it a special point never to complain about warm weather when it occurs in the Pacific Northwest, I just want to say, Oh my. That wasn't a complaint. That was just me saying, Oh my.


So I heard about this game called Catan Junior awhile back on Pinterest, and apparently it was some 8 year old's favorite game. And I thought to myself, hey, I have an 8 year old! And she likes games! And it sounded all swashbuckly and derring-do-ish and it's been on my list of things to get for a few months now.

And since we're well in the throes of summertime what-now-ness, I thought what-now should involve a new family game.

GHOST CAPTAIN. Cool.

Pickle, I forgot to take a pic of the very neato aquamarine dice. Julia promptly tried to begin carrying it around, and I was like, you're gonna lose that in T minus 20 seconds if you don't get that thing back in its box.

The gist of the game is that you are trying to build the most pirate lairs in order to win. And in order to build pirate lairs, you need to buy pirate ships. And in order to buy pirate ships, you have to trade materials to get the ships.

Stuff like: 

~goats (Julia and I like to say goat in a French accent when we talk about the goats. Have you ever done this? It's totally fun. You say "gut" with an exaggerated French cartoon accent.)

~gold pieces

~wood

and,

~molasses.

(Someone needs to explain to me why the pirates are trading barrels of molasses instead of rum. There's a 10+ version of this game called Settlers of Catan and it's for 10 years old on up to adult and I'll bet anything in that game, you trade some kind of spirits. Has anyone played that version? Am I right?)

So you have to make combinations of all those thingermaroonies and build your ships and lairs, while also trying to make life bad for your opponents. You can buy these parrot cards that are like luck cards, and sometimes they let you move the GHOST CAPTAIN around to the different islands and that lets you obtain double of whatever that island is selling, and if another player has a lair nearby, then they don't get to have any of that island's resources.

Or something.

Andrew is always bewildered as to why board game instructions are written with such vague loopholes in them.
Anyway....SUPER FUN. We all loved it. Andrew won the first round and Julia won the second round, she said I had to write that down, and I was just figuring out how to buy goats and stuff and build a lair but then she won just as I had finally accumulated enough resources to buy a pirate lair. It was very disappointing for me.

If you're looking for a fun new game, this is it. If you want to be a swashbuckler, this is your game. (Duh, who DOESN'T want to be a swashbuckler???) And apparently the original Settlers of Catan is quite a legendary game, and that's quite likely to be in our future as well. We all felt quite cheerful and merry while playing Catan Junior, as opposed to the sheer rabid lunacy that occurs during Monopoly games.


(this post contains Amazon affiliate links ~ oh and the reviews on Amazon say kids as young as 5 and 6 can have a great time with this game)




14 comments:

  1. WHY aren't we getting together to play this? Megan kicks our butt every time we play!

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    1. GAME ON, my friend! I spend all my time trying to buy goats. I need some help!

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  2. Ha! Lulu and I speak in French and Spanish accents all the time. I'm quite impressed with her ability to mimic as she's only 4! xox
    A.
    bakingalovestory.com

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    1. "do you want a GUT" ~ my French accent is based on Ty Burrell's Paris cop character in the latest Muppet movie, heh

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  3. That looks like fun! Big Sis loves board games, especially Scattergories and Yahtzee. She tries her hand at Scrabble, and we have the Madeline Scrabble, Jr. game. She wants Monopoly, which I really, really don't like.

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    1. We've never played Scattergories or Yahtzee! Should look into that, I'm sure some relative has it hanging around their house....:)

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  4. Looks like a fun game! I am sure molasse was very needed back then.... (what does one use molasse for anyway? LOL it's awesome how they have made a junior version of this!

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    1. Well I only use molasses for gingerbread, but I'm sure Laura Ingalls Wilder from 'Litttle House on the Prairie' used it all the time! Maybe it was used as a form of currency as a cheaper variation to sugar?

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  5. WOOHOO! Thank you! I will be putting this on my Christmas idea list for my kiddos...my dh loves Settlers of Catan, so cool...

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    1. I'm totally going to be putting this on my annual Christmas gift post that I do in early December! And that's so cool that your husband plays the grownup version.....is there any RUM in it??? ha ha ha ha :)

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  6. HELLO!!! SO- I'm a little amazed by the fact that I'm the first person to comment about the original Catan game- (in fact the first time I played it was 12+ years ago with Whitney and her Husband, Trapper and I were dating at the time and we all had a little double date) Well, we fell in love with the game and got ourselves a copy (no spirits, sorry. in fact you are dealing with Sheep, bricks, wheat, iron, wood) anyways- its a great game but Trapper and I had to quit playing with each other because we got to competitive and it was causing marital strife… and then four kids came along and we stopped playing board games all together…

    anywho! YES, I'll be getting this game for us! Thanks for the info! you rock!!!

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    1. no rum?! how disappointing. oh well. that's ok, I'm all about the goat purchasing, so i'd be happy to buy sheep as well. i'm glad that your marriage survived the game! ha ha ha, what a great story! :)

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  7. I have friends that play this and would love to try it. Maybe I'll give the junior version a go.

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    1. Once you get in on that goat purchasing action, you'll be hooked!!!

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