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(Milford Daily News)   Teacher uses Settlers of Catan to teach history. "One student was so frustrated because he was winning at one point, and the other kids froze him out and wouldn't trade with him. He said flat out, 'I now understand why people go to war.'"   (milforddailynews.com) divider line 166
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2013-03-15 01:14:44 PM  
I hadn't heard of that game until a few months ago when somebody on fark mentioned it.  It does sound like a great tool for teachers.
 
2013-03-15 01:26:54 PM  

Klippoklondike: I hadn't heard of that game until a few months ago when somebody on fark mentioned it.  It does sound like a great tool for teachers.


Settlers of Catan is awesome.  Resource scarcity, economic development, trading and backstabbing, all in the same game with a randomized, simple board.
 
2013-03-15 01:27:15 PM  
Should give them Cards Against Humanity and teach them how the world really works.
 
2013-03-15 01:53:04 PM  
One student was so frustrated because he was winning at one point, and the other kids froze him out and wouldn't trade with him. He said flat out, 'I now understand why people go to war.'

Or file lawsuits.

www.therichest.org
 
2013-03-15 02:08:58 PM  
Many a donnybrook has broken out among friends because of Settlers of Catan.
 
2013-03-15 02:09:35 PM  

GAT_00: Klippoklondike: I hadn't heard of that game until a few months ago when somebody on fark mentioned it.  It does sound like a great tool for teachers.

Settlers of Catan is awesome.  Resource scarcity, economic development, trading and backstabbing, all in the same game with a randomized, simple board.


Risk assessment, strategy and planning, and negotiation, too. Amazing what a game can teach when you don't realize it's doing it.
 
2013-03-15 02:10:45 PM  

neritz: Should give them Cards Against Humanity and teach them how the world really works.


I once had a girl physically attack me for something offensive a card of mine said. A couple of people had to pull her off me.
 
2013-03-15 02:12:07 PM  
It also makes for a helluva bachelor party.

25.media.tumblr.com

Booya
 
2013-03-15 02:12:17 PM  
I think I learned more about history from Age of Empires, than I did any of my highschool history classes...

and WWII history from Wolf3d... mein leben!
 
2013-03-15 02:13:18 PM  

neritz: Should give them Cards Against Humanity and teach them how the world really works.


We were playing it one night and one of my openly gay friends had a black card that said "What gives me horrible gas?"

Someone played the white "Pulling out" card.

He couldn't breathe for almost 8 minutes because he was laughing so hard.
 
2013-03-15 02:16:33 PM  

Precision Boobery: It also makes for a helluva bachelor party.

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Booya


Oh yeah, I remember Sheldon playing this on the Big Bang Theory.
 
2013-03-15 02:17:21 PM  
But did he have wood for sheep?
 
2013-03-15 02:17:53 PM  

Klivian: But did he have wood for sheep?


That would be the bestiality thread on the main page.
 
2013-03-15 02:19:26 PM  
"I'll trade ore for wood. Anybody got wood?"
"(middle schoolers snickering)"
 
2013-03-15 02:19:44 PM  
We did the same thing in history class with Diplomacy.
 
2013-03-15 02:19:59 PM  

Klippoklondike: I hadn't heard of that game until a few months ago when somebody on fark mentioned it.  It does sound like a great tool for teachers.


Settlers of Catan is basically a perfect tabletop game imo.  I'd highly recommend it if you like tabletop games and have people to play with.

Next the teacher should use Civilization.
 
2013-03-15 02:20:30 PM  
Trading 3 wheat for 3 stone.  C'mon people, these roads ain't gonna build themselves.
 
2013-03-15 02:22:05 PM  
"The kids don't even realize they're learning."
"I don't really like the bookwork," said Nasir Brahimi, 12. "You learn the same way playing, and it's more enjoyable."

Apparently, the kids are a tiny bit smarter than you gave them credit for. Why do we treat it as if "learning" was some sort of inherently negative thing that people had to be tricked into doing? You know they pick up the whole, "I'm not expected to enjoy this" thing, right?
 
2013-03-15 02:24:44 PM  

SultanofSchwing: Trading 3 wheat for 3 stone.  C'mon people, these roads ain't gonna build themselves.


Roads require wood and brick, and nobody is going to trade you wood after what you did with the thief.
 
2013-03-15 02:24:45 PM  
Settlers has taught me that I have some magical powers. I can make a pair of dice utterly fail to come out to a "10" for hundreds of consecutive rolls.
 
2013-03-15 02:25:11 PM  
Came for the "Have wood, got sheep?" comments; leaving satisfied.
 
2013-03-15 02:27:29 PM  

ProfessorOhki: Apparently, the kids are a tiny bit smarter than you gave them credit for. Why do we treat it as if "learning" was some sort of inherently negative thing that people had to be tricked into doing? You know they pick up the whole, "I'm not expected to enjoy this" thing, right?


This this thisity this.
 
2013-03-15 02:28:09 PM  
I have wood for sheep

tell me more about this game though.
 
2013-03-15 02:28:36 PM  

MindStalker: neritz: Should give them Cards Against Humanity and teach them how the world really works.

I once had a girl physically attack me for something offensive a card of mine said. A couple of people had to pull her off me.


You should have stuck your finger up her ass while she was on you.
 
2013-03-15 02:29:31 PM  

Precision Boobery: It also makes for a helluva bachelor party.

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Booya


Yes, yes it does.

/Bachelor party was three days of booze and Settlers (Cities and Knights expansion)
 
2013-03-15 02:31:26 PM  
But can you get dysentery in the game?
 
2013-03-15 02:31:28 PM  

sabreWulf07: SultanofSchwing: Trading 3 wheat for 3 stone.  C'mon people, these roads ain't gonna build themselves.

Roads require wood and brick, and nobody is going to trade you wood after what you did with the thief.


Did it have bricks?  idk been a few years lol  I remember wheat, sheep, stone, I assume there was wood, would make sense...
 
2013-03-15 02:31:39 PM  

Tyrosine: We did the same thing in history class with Diplomacy.


Diplomacy is a fascinating game. A group of people sit down together, and with no dice, no random element of chance, decide among themselves over the course of a few hours, who wins the game.
 
2013-03-15 02:32:51 PM  
"One student was so frustrated because he was winning at one point, and the other kids froze him out and wouldn't trade with him. He said flat out, 'I now understand why people go to war.'"

[Insert favorite ethnic joke here.jpg]
 
2013-03-15 02:33:31 PM  
"I get wood for these 4 sheep and with this brick i'm going to lay... a road"
 
2013-03-15 02:35:23 PM  

SultanofSchwing: Many a donnybrook has broken out among friends because of Settlers of Catan.


And they're allowing this into our schools? Why, this could escalate into kerfuffles, brouhahas, or even a full-blown fracas!  Won't somebody please think of the children?!
 
2013-03-15 02:36:13 PM  

red5ish: Tyrosine: We did the same thing in history class with Diplomacy.

Diplomacy is a fascinating game. A group of people sit down together, and with no dice, no random element of chance, decide among themselves over the course of a few hours, who wins the game.


Yeah, the one left standing after the players start trying to kill one another is the winner.  The best frienship-killer of all time.
 
2013-03-15 02:41:10 PM  

Last Man on Earth: The best frienship-killer of all time.


No, that would be Axis and Allies.

/speaking from experience.
 
2013-03-15 02:42:15 PM  

Last Man on Earth: red5ish: Tyrosine: We did the same thing in history class with Diplomacy.

Diplomacy is a fascinating game. A group of people sit down together, and with no dice, no random element of chance, decide among themselves over the course of a few hours, who wins the game.

Yeah, the one left standing after the players start trying to kill one another is the winner.  The best frienship-killer of all time.


Look up a game called Intrigue. It's like Diplomacy but played with cards and you lose all your friends in under 45 minutes .
 
2013-03-15 02:43:33 PM  

Professor Science: SultanofSchwing: Many a donnybrook has broken out among friends because of Settlers of Catan.

And they're allowing this into our schools? Why, this could escalate into kerfuffles, brouhahas, or even a full-blown fracas!  Won't somebody please think of the children?!


Sorry, I'm too busy thinking about the sheep.
 
2013-03-15 02:43:36 PM  

rugman11: Precision Boobery: It also makes for a helluva bachelor party.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 400x224]

Booya

Yes, yes it does.

/Bachelor party was three days of booze and Settlers (Cities and Knights expansion)


NERDS!!!!!
 
2013-03-15 02:43:53 PM  
FunkyBlue: Look up a game called Intrigue. It's like Diplomacy but played with cards and you lose all your friends in under 45 minutes .

This is the one
 
2013-03-15 02:45:53 PM  
I really want Star Trek Catan.

But I really don't want to pay $60 for a damn board game...
 
2013-03-15 02:48:57 PM  
The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.
 
2013-03-15 02:51:14 PM  

Tyrosine: Last Man on Earth: The best frienship-killer of all time.

No, that would be Axis and Allies.

/speaking from experience.


This.

Which is surprising honestly, given the fact the sides are fixed so there really isn't any elements of betrayal or backstabbing. You have the axis, vs. the allies.

Of course, Britain is always pissed off when as Germany you invest heavily in aircraft on your first turn, clear the seas, then bum rush the capital...Was a near run thing, but Germany was nigh unbeatable for the rest of that game.  My brother was really, really sick of tooling around with 3 infantry in Africa the rest of the game...
 
2013-03-15 02:51:54 PM  

VTGremlin: The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.


Thats...thats just diabolical.
 
2013-03-15 02:54:20 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: VTGremlin: The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.

Thats...thats just diabolical.


And deserving of a beating.
 
2013-03-15 02:55:40 PM  

Tyrosine: Last Man on Earth: The best frienship-killer of all time.

No, that would be Axis and Allies.

/speaking from experience.



Nah, you just blame the dice when the Pearl Harbor attack fails...
 
2013-03-15 02:56:21 PM  

VTGremlin: The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.


When civilization collapses, I vote this guy to be our new king.
 
2013-03-15 02:57:49 PM  

VTGremlin: I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back


You.
Magnificent.
Bastard.
 
2013-03-15 02:58:36 PM  
In my house, 11 hits like 7 should, and 6/8 are more like 4/10.
 
2013-03-15 03:00:35 PM  

FunkyBlue: Klivian: But did he have wood for sheep?

That would be the bestiality thread on the main page.


Big Bang Theory reference...
 
2013-03-15 03:01:19 PM  
Oh, and link is farked
 
2013-03-15 03:01:55 PM  

VTGremlin: The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.


Oh yeah, that's a great one.  Find out you are the only person with a particular resource, trade it all away for a premium then BLAMMO play the monopoly card.

I've done a similar thing with the soldier card to move the robber when other players only have one card.  I'll ask each one what resource card they have and what they are willing to trade for.  Whichever player has what I need I'll plop that robber down on them and take that resource, especially if they won't trade.  Surprisingly no one has lied to me about what resource they've had yet.  They'll always brag if they have the only clay card and mock me "Naw that offer isn't good enough"  OH so funny. (not)
Although I am a lot more experienced at Catan then my gaming friends so they usually end up trying to team up to play against me to keep me from winning.  Nowadays I tone down the jerk-i-ness and don't play so hardcore to win.  I'm happy to be playing win or lose.
 
2013-03-15 03:05:17 PM  

VTGremlin: The only game of Catan I've seen people get upset in was when I traded away 8 wheat to various people in a turn and then used Monopoly to take all the wheat back. Sorry if I play to win, jeez.


Did that with 12 wheat once. Hoo, boy. Had some small wooden bits thrown at me.
 
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