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A review of “Catan” (Settlers of Catan)

by Katsuya Michibata

It’s a board game. It’s made in the Federal Republic of Germany. Four players can play the game. All players aim to pioneer “Catan island”. First, all players build two houses and two roads on “Catan”. The phasing player throws the two dice. The sum of two dice’s numbers decides the resource produced. The players get the resources. Players can build a new house or a city or a new road from the resources. But if the sum of two dice’s number is seven, the robber appears. The robber steals player’s resources, and if a player has more than seven resources, players must throw away half the resources in hand. So, all players must notice the robber.
The game’s interesting thing is “negotiation”.
All players can negotiate with other players. It enables all players to exchange resources.

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Ro Sato Plays Board Games in Tokyo, Japan
We know all about Japan, right? Land of high tech video games and consoles with no time for board games, right? You may be surprised …

This interview got delayed because in the midst of it Ro moved house. No problem. And because of it, Ro related his amusing experience, by which he can tell he is a true member of the species “gamer”:

Still busy busy, unpacking my games and settling in to the new apartment. It was kind of embarrassing to see almost half of my stuff in the boxes were board games! hehe We hired movers for the actual move, so movers were calling out what’s inside each box out loud and passing it over and it was like “board game coming!”, then another “board game coming”, “card game coming” … LOL

Q1. Once again, thanks a lot for agreeing to do this. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Can you share a little bit with the readers by introducing yourself, in which corner of the world you live, how you like to spend your time and also how you got started in games?

Ro Sato head shot
Ro Sato
Hi, my name is Ro Sato and I live in the heart of Japan, Tokyo. I am Japanese and my religion is soccer and I spend most of my time playing games or buying them. I have a little different background than a typical Japanese because I was educated in International School from kindergarten to high school. So my first gaming experiences are very much like those of any American. I’ve played Sorry, Clue, Monopoly, Diplomacy, and Risk. Aside from school, I’ve played Japanese board and card games too.

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Those Canadians, eh

> > A Canadian Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals
from the Canadian, US, English, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of
officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone
was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French
Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages,
North Americans generally learn only English. He then asked, ‘Why is it
that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?’
Without hesitating, the Canadian Admiral replied ‘Maybe it’s because the
Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have
to speak German.’
You could have heard a pin drop.

> > When Robert Whiting, an elderly Canadian gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris
by plane he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on at
French Customs.
‘You have been to France before, monsieur?’ the customs officer asked sarcastically..
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
The official replied, ‘Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.’
The Canadian said, ‘The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.’
‘Impossible, Monseur. Canadians always have to show passports on arrival
in France !’
The Canadian senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly
explained, ‘Well, when I came ashore on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate
this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to.’
You could have heard a pin drop.

> > Canadians are Cool.

–Sent via Tom Anderson

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On Playing Wargames

A brief report on playing wargames on FOX News:

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Samurai History

The Yahoo Group Samurai history, examines Japanese
history of the Samurai. I will let them tell you more:

This group, is for the examination of Japanese history, focusing on the Samurai history of Japan prior to 1886. Questions, statements, and discussions about Japanese Samurai history are all welcome. Please be sure to check the archives when you join, as any questions you may have might have already been discussed in depth. Also, please check the ‘Top Misconceptions of the Samurai’ for information on misunderstood points of the Samurai class of Japan before posting, and also realize that this is a history list.

And don’t forget to join the Samurai Archives Citadel – the online community for Japanese history and culture, with forums covering topics such as history, culture, entertainment, Japanese martial arts, anime, and current events.

The Management of the list reserves the right to delete any posts without warning or explanation.

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Go to the Group at Yahoo Groups

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J-Tank Magazine

J-Tank is the Japanese tank study group in which I participate. It
publishes the magazine “J-Tank” on Japanese tanks and armored vehicles
twice a year. The text of the magazine is in Japanese, but it has many
interesting photos which cannot be seen elsewhere. For more details, see
the following page.

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The morning light shines on a village in Europe just before the offensive is to begin.

The Japanese Tank Discussion Group

Unlike the publications available to the legions of enthusiasts interested in the Wunderwaffe of the German war effort, there is no central forum available to those of us who are interested in the armored forces of Imperial Japan…until now.

Through the services of Yahoo!Groups, I have decided to modernize my newsletter on the topic and invite others to contribute to Senshagun, the only publication dedicated to the study of this somewhat obscure topic.

The parameters are simple. Senshagun is interested in postings on the following topics:

1) Japanese armored vehicles and related vehicles from the so-called “Imperial” period, running from circa 1917 (the approximate acquisition date of the first Japanese tank) through 1945 (the end of the Japanese empire)

b) Information on Japanese armored units, either in the terms of order of battle and TO&E, or pertaining to their employment during the wars fought by Japan within the period.

c) Information on Japanese military personnel involved in armored operations or vehicle design and manufacturing during the period

d) Information on the location and condition of any relics (museum vehicles, privately held vehicles, range targets, or whatever) pertaining to the topic.

This is not a modeling group per se, although much of what might be discussed would be of use to those interested in the modeling of military miniatures. Similarly, there may be some spill-over into the world of wargaming (aka “conflict simulations”, both paper- and computer-based).

This group is moderated, and any postings not conforming to the above criteria will be removed. Each criterion stands on its own, but I will make exceptions for postings that may cut across more than one.

Terry Stibal
Moderator, Senshagun

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