The iconic game from Klaus Teuber has graced hundreds of thousands of shelves, and touched millions of people over the last two decades. I too, have been one of the many to both play and own the game.
The reason this game holds special value to me, is not just the amazing game play or the strong replay value. This was the game that helped me make some of my strongest and most enduring friendships.
When I took my first real job as a 20-something, I moved to an area where I neither had friends nor family. It was a daunting experience since I knew nobody, and I was very reserved. For the first few months, I just came home and whiled away my evenings rather than try and reach out and make friends.
One of my colleagues then, invited me to a board game night at his place. When I showed up, I only really knew him, an intimidating experience for me. The first game we played was Settlers of Catan, and as I navigated through my first time with the game, I quickly found my stride, but more importantly, we all started chatting, as I slowly got to know the people I was with.
We all soon started playing with increasing frequency, as the group of board gamers expanded and shrank in waves. Some of our best late-night conversations, brainstorming sessions, and discussions about our future happened over a lively game of Kaus Teuber’s brainchild.
As the group expanded, and I found new games, and new friends, the one box of Catan stayed a constant over the years. Even as we all eventually moved to different parts of the country, found new jobs, got married, or bought our first homes, those nostalgic moments will always hold a special place in my heart. So, a special thank you to you Mr.Teuber, and your masterpiece for helping me find a new and wonderful world, and for making where I lived, my home.