Another great find. Along with Blokus this has become a real favourite. Settlers of Catan Board Game is a board game that focuses on discovery and the building of a society. It is easy to learn how to play- took about 15 minutes- but tricky to play. Recommended age is 12+ years. I do know some families who play with 7/8 year old with a modified version- cards are all face up. The game is pricey- 60.00 Canadian. The toy Store we bought it at had about a zillion expansion packs, Seafarers of Catan: Expansion Game of Seafaring, Exploration, and Trade, Cities & Knights of Catan Game, Settlers of Catan: 5-6 Player Expansion, The Settlers of Zarahemla. I would really like to try this one out , Settlers of the Stone Age Game.
From the manufacturer:
Play an immigrant on the newly populated island of Catan. Build settlements, roads, and villages by taking commodities from the land around you. Turn sheep, lumber, rocks and some grain into a settlement, bricks and wood into road, or try to complete other combinations for more advanced buildings and services. Take advantage of trades with other players, or at local seaports to get commodities you might lack. The first player to gain ten points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins. Winner of Games Magazine 100 Best Games of 1996, 1997, and 1998. Also winner of Germany Game of the Year 1995
They also make a version for younger kids that I am going to but and try- its called , Kids of Catan. It looks really nice- for about 4+ years. Made of wooden pieces that represent a wagon and different resources like wood, bricks, and wheat. Looks like something my 9 year old and 3 year old might be able to play together with us.