Settling America

Phil and Sam travel across America playing the board game Settlers of Catan. From Wikipedia:

The Settlers of Catan was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe. Over 15 million games in the Catan series have been sold, and the game has been translated into thirty languages from the original German. It has been called “the board game of our time” by the Washington Post.

The game has rapidly become popular in part because its mechanics are relatively simple, while its dynamics are quite complex. The game is well suited for family play, since at no point in the game is any player eliminated, and players who are behind can strive towards goals that are within their reach.

We plan to play Settlers of Catan in restaurants and bars, on mountains, and in the homes of friends and strangers. In the process, we hope to change lives. Click on the headlines below for stories from this project.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Dream…Settling National Parks

January 31, 2011
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This post is part of the “Settling America” series. For more posts in this category, click here. It’s been around a century that America has had it’s National Park system (thanks to Teddy Roosevelt). A man who truly appreciated the beauty and wonder of this great country of ours, our Teddy Bear began an important [...]

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Feedlots and Rocky Mountain Treachery: Kansas to Colorado

January 28, 2011
Settlers of Catan in Colorado

We have been away from the game we love for a few days now. We have crossed the through the entirety of Illinois into the fertile land’s of my grandmother’s birth, Missouri (or Mizzurah if you asked her). With a stop at Pappy’s Smokehouse in St. Louis for absolutely mind blowing brisket, ribs and more we traveled on to beautiful Neodesha, KS.

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Settling America – Stop 2 – Chicago

January 23, 2011
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From the cockpit of the Sasquatch, Northern Indiana was soul-destroying. In Chicago, blasted by colder-than-northern-Ohio air, we were soon warmed by burritos, a regional beer selection, and two games of Catan in a friend’s apartment. I’ll be honest, we did not give Chicago a fair shake on this trip. We only spent a night there on our race to the desert. That said, Sam and I have visited Chi-town before and we are familiar with its greatness.

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Settling America – Stop 1 – Northeast Ohio

January 15, 2011
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Our journey begins in Amherst, Ohio where we meet up with Katrina, a long-time friend of Phil’s, over some Garden Vegetable Pesto soup (or something like that) and some other light fare from Panera. Patrons were mostly receptive and excited. We were told to stop filming immediately, but the manager was intrigued herself.

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