Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of The Settlers of Canaan:
Settlers of Canaan in Summary
The Settlers of Canaan board game brings the Settlers franchise to biblical times. The designers (who licensed the theme from our man Klaus Teuber) have reworked the pieces and gameplay to reflect their religious theme.
This may not appeal to everyone, but for those who appreciate religious themes, or who can overlook them, the Settlers of Canaan board game offers a unique and interesting take on the Settlers universe. The biblical theme is as interesting and well realized as the Aztec, medieval or railroad themes some of our other games feature.
In fact, they've made The Settlers of Canaan a little friendlier and easier to play than its big brother, and for that reason younger gamers, casual gamers, and nongamers will find it accessible and fun.
Settlers of Canaan Gameplay
The Settlers of Canaan board game plays very similar to its big brother Catan. This review won't go over Catan play again; we'll tell you how the Settlers of Canaan board game is different.
First, the Settlers of Canaan board is fixed so there's no random board generation. The board you get has been set up in a very forgiving way, which takes some of the hard decisions away. For example, each commodity has a hex on the board which is touching a 2:1 port for it's own commodity. Also, the numbers on the hexes have been "softened", meaning the players usually have plenty of commodity income to advance their strategies.
The biggest addition to the Settlers of Canaan is Jerusalam. All the players join in the building of the holy city. You can buy and place the stones which make up the city walls in any production phase, and also whenever the Robber (here called "the Plague") moves. But, you have to be able to get to Jerusalem, so competition for the hexes surrounding the city can be intense.
The game ends when a player collects 12 victory points for their settlements and cities and other special cards such as "Longest Road", OR the walls of Jerusalem are finished. The two possible end games allow for some interesting strategies as you race to be the first to 12 points before another player caps off the walls.
Who should buy Settlers of Canaan?
The Settlers of Catan board game is an excellent introduction to the Settlers universe. We highly recommend this game for people who want to get into German games. Introducing your children, friends and family to Settlers of Canaan is the perfect way. And of course us die-hard Catan players need the box just to complete our collection. Buy the Settlers of Canaan and round our your Settlers universe today!
The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of The Settlers of Canaan:
Each player represents a tribe of Israel who is seeking to be the first to settle Canaan! Guide your tribe throughout the fertile lands of Canaan. Each hex space will yield a certain resource that you can cash in for roads, settlements, and cities. Harvest resources of stone and ore from the land to help build Jerusalem and receive King David's blessing. Harvest timber, grain, wool, and brick to build more roads and settlements to expand your territory!
But work quickly! Your opponents are moving to settle the most fertile parts of Canaan! You also need to be wary, as a plague could come upon you at any time and destroy your harvest!
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