Wired über Brettspiele und das Making Of „Die Siedler von Catan“

30.03.2009 Misc #BoardGames

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Wired hat einen sehr spannenden Artikel über Brettspiele und das Making Of von „Die Siedler von Catan“, das sie als „Monopoly“-Killer bezeichnen und das grade auch in Amerika abhebt. Ausgehend von der Geschichte dieses Spiels spinnen sie eine kleine Geschichte der Brettspiele und was ich auch nicht wusste: Als „Risiko“ damals in Deutschland eingeführt wurde, gab es eine riesige Diskussion, weil das Game ein Kriegsspiel war, das beinahe verboten wurde, hätten sie in Deutschland nicht andere Regeln eingeführt.

One day [Klaus] Teuber [Erfinder von „Die Siedler von Catan“] began tinkering with a new theme for a game: an uncharted island. In his original vision, players would slowly discover the island by flipping over tiles, then establish colonies using the indigenous natural resources. The game incorporated elements of other ideas Teuber was working on, but for some reason this one seemed special. "I felt like I was discovering something rather than inventing it," Teuber says.

Every once in a while, he would bring the new game upstairs to test it out on his family. They would play along, but Teuber could tell that the game wasn't working. Sometimes, in the middle of a match, he would notice his youngest son, Benny, reading a comic under the table. Other times his wife would suddenly remember a load of laundry that needed immediate attention. After each of these sessions, Teuber would haul the game back downstairs for further refinement. He repeated this process over the course of four years.

Eventually, Teuber whittled his invention down to a standard pair of dice, a handful of colored wooden houses that represented settlements and cities, stacks of cards that stood for resources (brick, wool, wheat, and others), and 19 hexagonal cardboard tiles that were arranged on a table to form the island. He had hit on something with this combination—the enthusiasm on family game night was palpable. During nearly every session, he, his wife, and their children would find themselves in heated competition. The game was done, Teuber decided. He called it Die Siedler von Catan, German for "The Settlers of Catan."

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