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.
~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.)
(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.
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)