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Bush’s Board Game Thing Episode 23: Watch Your Back

bushs board game thing episode 23

Let's talk Catan! Bush's Board Game Thing sees Andy Bush celebrating board games and the experience of gaming with friends Jess Temby and Brian Murphy. Each week, expect passion, enthusiasm, and multiple trips through gaming wormholes. This podcast is powered by Zatu - we're making sure the board game cogs keep on turning. Each week, I'll be bringing you the best bits here on the blog and letting you shop the podcast! Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 23 is all about the legendary Settlers of Catan, or Catan for short.

Do you have something that you'd like to share with the team? Maybe a great board game idea? Even when and where you like to listen to the podcast, set the scene. Email podcast@zatu.co.uk if you want to get involved with the podcast. For example, if you have any board game disputes, let Andy and co get to the bottom of it!

This week the team are celebrating Jess' favourite game, Catan! In 1995, Klaus Teuber first released one of the most talked-about and played board games in the community.

Catan (2015 Refresh)

Catan is regarded by many to be the gateway game that made them fall in love with modern board games. Having sold over 32 million copies worldwide, there is no stopping Catan and just how powerful it is in the board game hall of fame.

In this game, you and your rival players land on the uninhabited island of Catan. It’s made up of a series of hexagonal tiles that represent various lush, fertile terrains, perfect for your up and coming settlements. This Euro game consists of clever trading, strategy and tactical skill.

The natural resources of Catan will allow you to build roads and new settlements that will soon become cities. Your aim is to gain supremacy, but you are not the only discoverer! Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun!

If you haven't already played this masterpiece, get ready to trade, build and settle.

The Struggle for Catan (New Edition)

Next up is a handy, compact version of Catan.

The Struggle for Catan is a fast-paced game between the 2-4 factions developing newly-settled Catan. Manage your resources to build settlements, cities, city improvements, knights, and roads that generate victory points or special abilities. While your settlements, cities, and city expansions remain yours, valuable roads and knights change hands.

If Catan is a week's holiday, consider The Struggle for Catan a long weekend. This is the perfect way for players to swiftly and casually explore and trade on the ever-changing island of Catan.

A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch

If the island of Catan doesn't take your fancy, why don't you try Westeros?

A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch immerses you within the world that George R. R. Martin has made within his books and infamous TV adaptation. The Brothers of the Night's Watch seek a new leader from among their ranks. Jeor Mormont wishes to promote one who can improve the infrastructure of the Gift, the bountiful and undeveloped area south of the Wall bestowed to the Watch by the Starks thousands of years ago.

Every player will be competing to build, defend, and do what they can to protect Westeros, but only one can rise above to become the new Lord Commander. But be wary — the north holds many dangers, and winter is coming to Catan.

Ore and Ore!

That's Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 23, the Catan special all wrapped up. Now we can SETTLE down!

You can catch up on all previous episodes of Bush’s Board Game Thing on any streaming service. In the meantime, you can check out our podcast-approved collection right here on the Zatu website. There you can find all the games we’ve discussed on every episode of the podcast, all in one convenient place.

You can shop everything from episode 23 in our handy podcast collection.

If you want more Catan, check out our vast collection of Catan titles here.