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Gathering of Engineers

Ludographic considerations from the Silicon Forest

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Gorgeous gaming

This week's going to be a bit of a short one for me. Between airport trips and a roundtrip drive to Seattle, it was VERY busy. Not a whole lot of time for game-related thought.

Except, however, for my 40th birthday present from Jodie waiting at home when we returned. A minty-fresh copy of Settlers of Catan 3d. Now THAT's a birthday present.

As I mentioned in my post last week, Settlers is the game that got me hooked on boardgaming. I'd been a wargamer back in high school, and had pretty much only played RPGs and CCGs after that. Settlers was a whole new thing for me.

It is fitting, then, that Jodie got me this deluxe treatment game seminal to my primary hobby. We haven't had time to play, yet, but it's gorgeous. I was a bit disappointed to see that Seafarers wasn't included, but the only part that would be important would be the ships. Mayfair could certainly put together appropriate ships if they wanted. The wouldn't need to do tiles or the frame, really. It's just flat water.

Of course, I could just go out and see if I can find appropriate miniature ships. Navwar makes 1/3000th scale Napoleonic era and Dutch Wars ships. At 1 pound each ($1.77 these days) 60 of them would be a tad pricey, though. Will have to track some down to see if they'd work. They'd certainly look nice painted up in a style similar to the Chest o' Catan.

Other recent acquisitions have included a trade for Triumph of Chaos, an eBay find on Pizza Box Football (finally got my own copy) and the Ticket to Ride computer game. (which should be arriving shortly) I don't think I've bought a computer game for two or three years. (last one probably would have been Shrapnel's game on 18th century warfare, and I can't remember its name.)

On the miniatures side, I took advantage of the tail-end of Old Glory's 30% off sale to pick up some 15mm figure packs that don't get much visibility. Camps, casualties, and captives. I'll admit to being a bit disappointed in that the Ancient, Dark Ages, and Medieval camps are nearly identical except for different types of tents. I'll be posting a review over on my blog sometime soon. Short term painting project is getting a handful of Swiss skirmishers ready for the next tournament in mid-February at Conquest NW.


  • At 9:30 AM, Blogger Chris Brooks said…

    I thought the main reason Seafarers wasn't included was the variable board layout (meaning most of the scenarios go well beyond the typical circular Settlers layout). The package would be MUCH more attractive to me if I could play seafarers and the Das Buch scenarios as well.

  • At 9:50 AM, Blogger Eric said…

    I'm thinking adding Seafarers and Das Buch to the package would have made the chest become a crate. At least the way the tiles are stored inside.

    While those would have been nice to have, I'm pretty happy with the package as a whole.


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