Star Trek: Catan

Star Trek: CatanThis weekend, Nick and I had some friends over to play board games. We decided to play Star Trek: Catan, which was great because Nick and I had never played Settlers of Catan and have always wanted to. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is a popular multiplayer strategy and resource management board game. The Star Trek version came out earlier this year and is (apparently) pretty much the same as the original game, but with a Star Trek theme.

There are 5 resources in the game: dilithium, tritanium, food, oxygen, and water. We had a hard time remembering which color was dilithium (green) and which was tritanium (red), so we opted for giving the resources condiment names instead: ketchup (red), mustard (yellow), relish (green), mayo (white), and blue remained water. 😛

I still haven’t played the original Settlers of Catan, so I can’t compare the two. I think the character cards were a new addition, though. Each player has a character card (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand, or Sarek) that gives the player special abilities liked forced trades or protection from the klingons. Players have to swap out character cards after they use them once (or twice), so it keeps things interesting.

We had a lot of fun learning and playing the game and we’ll probably be adding it to our Christmas wish list this year. 🙂

Kingdom Rush

I really like strategy games like Age of Empires, Risk, and PixelJunk Monsters… so I got really excited when I heard about Kingdom Rush, a free online tower defense game.

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush is very well done. The difficulty increases at a good rate and although some levels are pretty challenging, they’re not impossible to overcome. I also like the heroic and iron challenges for each level, which require players to rethink their strategies. The achievements are another smart way to keep the players having fun (it took me forever to figure out how I was supposed to make the sheep explode!). I really enjoyed playing Kingdom Rush, so why don’t you give it a try? Play Kingdom Rush! 🙂