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Settlers of Canaan

| Published: 2002
Settlers of Canaan is a licensed adaptation of Settlers of Catan that incorporates Hebrew Bible themes into its multiplayer board game play. Players play the roles of various tribes of Israel which settled in this geographical region. The game progresses very similarly to the Settlers of Catan: as players expand their settlements throughout the land, they trade resources and make strategic choices to outmaneuver their opponents.

The most striking difference in the Settlers of Canaan is its fixed playing board. Like with many Catan variants, both the hexagonal land tiles and the numerical disks are printed directly on the board. Also, one land tile, called the "copper hex" (equivalent to the "gold hex" in some expansions to Settlers of Catan), allows bordering players to select which resource(s) it produces. Trading ports are scattered along the western coastline, which borders the Great Sea, as well as around the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, which is surrounded by land tiles.

In Settlers of Canaan, the "robber" is called the "plague." Moving the robber is referred to as "cleansing the plague" from a particular land tile, and it has the same effect as in Settlers of Catan.

The object of the game is to amass 12 victory points. Current scores are indicated by color-coded markers on the eastern side of the playing board. Victory points are earned by building settlements and cities, by building the longest road, by amassing the most priests (equivalent to knights/soldiers in Settlers of Catan), and by obtaining the "King's Blessing."

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“Great short set up <i>Settlers</i>”

Because the board is a one piece board, it is a quick set up. Also the “stones for Jerusalem” add another way to end the game. The king’s blessing is a two point card for the player who has built the most “stones for Jerusalem”. The artwork on the development cards is beautiful. Game play is only slightly different than Settlers games, with one difference that if you tie a player for “longest road”, the 2 point card goes back to the bank. The same with the “most priests” (same as largest army), and “kings blessing”. (In the original settlers rules, the player currently holding onto one of these 2 point cards, keeps it unless someone has more (roads, or knight cards) than they do. The only drawback is that the numbers on the board are static too. I wish they had separate numbers so that the board was at least a little different each time. After a while, people begin to play strategies with this board, try to get the matching 8’s (8 brick and 8 woods) or the 6’s. One way to counter this is to use a set of number disks from a settlers game and put them over the numbers on the board. All in all a fun game with a Biblical feel and theme. My first settlers game!


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