Aaaaaand... Linnen's Top Game Pick is?
Guest post by Brian Linnen
So what is, in this writer's humble yet expert opinion, the best board game of all time? Glad you asked, my friend!
I'm going to have to go with "The Settlers of Catan."
This shouldn't really come as a surprise as this "Spiel Des Jahres Game of the Year" winner has inspired a whole industry worth of tie-in books, board games, and PC games.
In this, the original Settlers game, each player attempts to colonize the new-found island of Catan by using the available natural resources to build roads, settlements, and cities. The more you build, the more resources you have at your disposal. Different areas of the island produce different goods - brick, wood, ore, wheat, and wool - and you will need them all to win. Those that you don't produce yourself, you must trade for - and THAT is the aspect of the game I enjoy so much! There is nothing quite as fun as watching your friends make ridiculous offers for trades simply because they need a single card! It's a great feature in an already great game!
Anyway, Settlers never gets old because it's always different. The island is made up of 19 hexagon tiles which are randomly placed, so you never start with the same area. There is a randomly-controlled robber in the game that jumps around playing havoc with your production abilities and stealing cards from everyone. It's all fantastic fun.
If you like board games, but haven't tried this one yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. Check it out!!