West Hill Collegiate Institute - International Business

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Settlers of Catan – Group 5

Group 5:

  • Nipuni
  • Annie
  • Isabella
  • Zoey

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  1. Settlers of Catan is a great game which encourages and teaches about trading in order to build up and expand one’s overall wealth. The first time playing this board game was quite confusing to begin with, and I was a bit oblivious to very significant aspects of the game that can take to success. For example, making sure you place your settlements in a spot where you cover the resources you need in order to keep expanding; not doing so would result in scarce resources, therefore you become unable to build up your empire. However, this is where the trading part of the game comes in. When I found myself in this situation I scanned my peers settlements and resources, then traded with them for the ones I was missing such as rock, for something of their interest, such as grain, and so on you build your strategy in order to accomplish the expanding target. In conclusion, this was a great learning experience, where everyone is developing basic trading skills. Playing Catan taught me to analyze and strategize beforehand in order to have success in expanding an empire. It outlines the importance of knowing what and whom to trade with, knowing when to do so, and to take advantage of what you posses in order to achieve the ultimate goal of expanding.

  2. This boardgame is a great way to engage students, and any other person to practice their ability of trade and strategy. The consecutive times playing the game, after the first time, I found to be more exciting and challenging. As everyone had the hang of it by now, strategies had been created, and we all knew how to achieve the common goal: expansion. Some of the strategies I used were to place my settlements in a corner where the dice was more likely roll, and made sure the resources being collected were all different in order to have variety. Then when building more settlements, I placed them on resources which were more useful and needed for building, such as brick. Another strategy was to build roads and place them strategically to cut off the expansion of one of my peers empire; this way they slow down and will more likely be open to trading, which is beneficial to the whole game. One very important thing is to always try to upgrade your settlements to cities. this way you get more resources cards, thus can expand faster and so on. I did this in two ways, first by collecting my cards after the dice rolled, and second by trading with the other players so that we would both benefit. As the game progressed, the strategies became more meticulous, and the trading increased and was very efficient. In conclusion, from this experience I learned that you have to come up with a strategy before the game begins, then as the game goes, you have to analyze your situation and adjust the initial strategy according to the observations made, in order to maximize the use of resources. Also, in order to obtain the trades that I want I have to target my peers weak spot and figure out how to make a deal that will benefit them so I can get what I want, and need in order to expand. Lastly, I learned that in order to succeed you have to implement multiple strategies, blocking others and right placements, so that when they come together, they will bring success.

  3. Though it seems quite silly at first, Catan is a complex and strategic game that requires a great deal of thought as you go along. The game involves creating settlements, using your resources in a well-thought out manner, and trading with your fellow players. You have to be decisive of where you place your roads and settlements, as it determines which cards you get. It is important that you place them by a variety of different resources in order to ensure you do not get a surplus of one thing and have an absence of another. Trading with others is crucial here, but it is unlikely that you will always be able to depend on them, so always make sure you settle in significant places. The first time playing was frustrating because the rules felt unclear and the purpose of it seemed lacking. At the beginning, I kept gaining resources but did not know what to do with them. This resulted in me placing further down on the leader board. This taught me that in the world of business, you have to lose some to gain some. Like all board games, it takes time and practice, and all that time and practice lends you strategies on how to do better the next time around. There is a lot to be learned from playing Catan.

  4. The second time around playing Catan felt a lot easier than the first because I had already got a hang of the ropes. I decisively placed my settlements by resources that would be rolled on often, and spread them out in an efficient way so that I was able to acquire a variety of what was offered. I got a lot more comfortable in actually giving up cards in order to place more settlements and cities, which did help me quite significantly. I also traded cards more often. It is a game that can get heated between players, and since you had to depend on them sometimes, it was important to not get too cocky or competitive. A key thing this game taught me is that in the world of business, everyone is competing with each other, but you must keep healthy and balanced relationships and make sure you have allies. You cannot go into it without a little support from others. Another thing I learned is that you have to be strategic in business, because if you have no plan, everything you put out there will come crashing down and you will lose out. Catan helped me improve my understanding of how business and trading works, and improved my mental agility when it comes to strategizing. These are definitely skills that can be applicable not only in business, but other real world issues. All in all, Catan was quite challenging, yet enjoyable, as well as informative.

  5. The game of Catan is a great introduction to what it would be like to trade and create a “company” that is off the bases of building up and receiving. Putting our roads and cities down onto the board and rolling the dice shows us what I feel would be like the stock market. We invested out places into tiles that we felt were the best and hoped that when the dice were rolled they landed on our number tile. You had to evaluate your situation to see if where you placed your settlements are good enough so you get the amount of resources you need to further grow. And if not you can learn to trade with others to get the resources you are missing out on which gives this an idea of how business/ countries trade internationally to get resources that they cannot get on their own. This game gave me a view into the life of a person who deals with international business in both the stress of not getting my tile number rolled, not getting the supplies I need, trading with other businesses and growing my business to further better my company.

  6. Each time playing Catan is an entirely new experience due to tiles being laid down different, numbers on tiles changing and where other people place their roads and settlements. All of these factors affect the outcome of your game and you must come up with a strategy to deal with all of them. Throughout the game you must keep coming up with new ideas since you can not be in control of where others expand and what number is rolled. I started expanded any time i found necessary and was making it so that if I could not expand to a resource that I needed since the tile i was located on was barely being rolled, I made sure I had many settlements and cities touching that tile so on the one chance it rolled I could stock up. Also I decided that some of the tiles that I had settlements placed on were being rolled a lot so I had a lot more of that resource then others so I decided I needed to start trading with other players for the ones I needed and traded them the ones I had a large quantity of. My goal became to win but also to make it so I had the upper hand by blocking of their ways to expand. As the game went on you learned which strategies worked and which ones didn’t. Getting better and better at the game as it went on. It taught me that when you start up a business it my throw many different problems your way and you have to come up with new and creative solutions to stay ahead of the competition.

  7. The board game Settlers of Catan helps players understand what it is like to be a business man/woman through a simplified and exciting way. The goal in this game is to have a higher capital than your opponents by expanding territory through bartering and power of luck. Before I started to play the game, I initially felt overwhelmed by the numerous amount of piece in the game and the difference between them. Everything seemed confusing at first and it was difficult to comprehend the objective and goal of the game. But as time progresses, strategy and comprehension starts to kick in and so does my competitive side. Understanding how to place settlements and how to gain victory points is key. While this has only been my first time playing this game, it has taught me that you must create a strategy for yourself in order to play successfully. In order to create a strategy you must understand every aspect in this game from the amount of resources you need to build a settlement to moving the robber to sabotage your opponents. Now that I’ve experimented with different tactics and strategies, I feel confident playing my next game.

  8. Before playing the final game, I developed a strategy that I hoped would help me win the game. Obviously I cannot predict which number the dice will roll on or the places my opponents will put there pieces but I understand he bases of the game and what it takes to achieve 10 victory points. My strategy was to combine simple, little strategies, like placing my first two settlements on the numbers likely to be rolled on and making sure to place them on each resource at least once, to play a strong game. Unfortunately, luck was not in my favour as the numbers that would help me gain the resources I need weren’t being rolled. Therefore I was not able to build roads/settlements/cities to expand my territory which would help me gain more victory points and potentially sabotage my opponents. This experience proved that a strong strategy does not necessarily guarantee a win as luck plays another factor in this game. Overall, this game has taught me you cannot control what everything around you does, but you have the power to control what you do and how you do it.

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