“The physicist Niels Bohr once defined an expert as “a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Bohr’s quip summarizes one of the essential lessons of learning, which is that people learn how to get it right by getting it wrong again and again. Education isn’t magic. Education is the wisdom wrung from failure.” Jonah Lehrer – Wired
Developing a skill in something, especially a board game, becomes a bit of an exercise in learning itself. There are people that teach you how to do math and how to read well, but for a playing a game well, you’re mostly on your own.
Becoming good at a game means screwing up time after time after time. As long as you’re learning from your mistakes and not repeating them, you’re getting better.
I’ve been playing Catan since 2007 — and I began REALLY playing online in December of 2008. Since then I’ve played over 3000 games of Settlers, qualified and did well in several National Tournaments, and play fairly often with some of the best players in the world. Most recently, I won the 2012 World Qualifier.
Through those games, especially early on, I made A LOT of mistakes. But through those, I’ve also learned a lot. I’ve figured out what works and what doesn’t, and thought about why. I hope to share some of those insights here.
I was motivated to create this site after seeing so much poor strategy advice flooding the internet. My hope is that this site can become a go-to resource for those looking to improve at the game, because there’s nothing more fun than playing a game you love well and seeing that pay off.
2012 Gen Con World Qualifier
2012 Cat & Mouse World Pre Qualifier
2011 Gen Con Masters Tournament
2009 LutherCon Tournament
Tournament Final Tables:
2013 Capricon NACC Pre Qualifier
2013 Cat & Mouse NACC Pre Qualifier
2012 CIC Charity Tournament
2011 Chicago Toy & Game Fair
2011 Cat & Mouse NACC Pre Qualifier