Yes, you read that correctly: Settlers of Catan, the movie. I haven’t written a post in a while due to other commitments taking up my time (namely, a very busy period at work), but this was enough to bring me out of hibernation.
There are thousands of stories that could be told about the phenomenon this game has become, but it looks as if there’s already a pretty solid idea for the film in place and one that’s set within the world of Catan. This what producer, Gail Katz, had to say about the project:
“I’ve been wanting to see an adaptation of the game for years, ever since my Catan-obsessed college-aged kids introduced me to it … The island of Catan is a vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world with classic themes and moral challenges that resonate today. There is a tremendous opportunity to take what people love about the game and its mythology as a starting point for the narrative.” (Deadline Hollywood)
The description of the Settlers of Catan universe as a “vivid, visual, exciting and timeless world” might be true in its own way, but how would you turn that into a movie? Well, here are my commercially viable suggestions (don’t even think about stealing them, Gail) for Settlers of Catan, the movie.
Continue reading Settlers of Catan: The Movie – My Script Ideas
Catan for two players feels like an adaptation engineered out of necessity rather than love, and for me it showed. This table top experience didn’t hit the mark for me and that’s partly shaped by my preference for shorter, richer two player games. I really wanted to like Catan for two, but I just couldn’t.
Continue reading Catan for Two
When I look back on Christmas 2014, I will probably think about eating too much cheese, being relaxed and playing Lords of Waterdeep. My boyfriend bought this new addition from e-Collectica in Shrewsbury having watched Wil Wheaton‘s Table Top. It has very quickly become one of my favourite games.
I must confess that I hold a great affection for all of the Wizards of the Coast board games. So far I’ve only played Lords of Waterdeep, Betrayal at House on the Hill and Castle Ravenloft, but I have always appreciated their creativity, design, structure and how fun they are to play. Continue reading Lords of Waterdeep
Here are a few reasons why you should find your gaming buddies and make games night a fixture in your life.
Continue reading Why Games Night is the Best Night
The Settlers of Catan is without doubt the classic board game for those who love table top games – the gamer’s game, if you will. Until 18 months ago I had never played it, but once I had, the appeal was instantly obvious. Catan holds a simple but beautiful balance between strategy and chance. It’s easy to learn and every game is different.
Over the winter break I went to visit e-Collectica games in Shrewsbury Market, a fantastic little shop with some great stock! It was a tough choice, but I decided to buy a Catan expansion to make my basic version a little more exciting. Whilst the original version of Catan is great, sometimes it’s too simple when you’re playing with 3 other more experienced players and an expansion can breathe new life into a game you’ve already played 1000 times.
Continue reading The Rivers of Catan