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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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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Game Market 2012

Game Market 2012 in Tokyo, Japan

The Game Market 2012 convention will be held in Tokyo again on Nov 18th, near Asakusa station. Lots of great games to see and try. It’s 800yen entry fee, the details are in this link. You can also buy the catalog around October (which is
the ticket to enter the convention) at Yellow Submarine. So if you are interested in checking out a board gaming convention, mark this in your diary.

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中古ゲームのバザール&オークション。さらに、ゲームサークルの同人誌即売会&ゲーム大会など、電源不要系ゲームを対象にしたゲームイベントです。 普段発表の場が少ない創作ゲーム、遊ばなく

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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