Green Bay Packers Play Catan

January 15, 2015 - 6:10pm
catan packers As a Minnesotan this hurts to say but I love the Green Bay Packers at the moment.  They have taken up playing the Settlers of Catan.  While I might bleed purple and gold the Packers truly have done something amazing in their evangelizing the gaming hobby to the public. The team is as competitive off of the field as they are on.
The competitive nature of the Green Bay’s Catan tradition is now legendary in the locker room. Two weeks ago, Linsley won the game, but Bakhtiari, who typically hosts the games at his house, had briefly gone outside to cook a chicken for the group. He furiously protested Linsley’s victory because of this. “He put an asterisk by it. I didn’t,” Linsley said. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien is famous for slamming the board in frustration when he loses.
Popularity amongst the team has grown to the point where they have to play with the 5-6 players expansion.  As the enthusiasm for the game spreads throughout the team new players are learning that everyone is so competitive that they might not mention rules until the newbie has violated the rule. When tight end Justin Perillo mentioned the game on local radio their local game store 'Gnome Games' saw a large influx of customers wanting to buy copies of Settlers.  The owner of the store cited sales of that particular game doubling over expected resulting in a need to reorder copies in mid December. It is clear that this article was written by a non-gamer.  Many of the statements made both mock the intelligence of the players and the gaming community.  Referring to a game like Risk as notoriously complex.  the length of the game does not necessarily correlate to complexity.  Additionally he describes this as something you could correlate to being like a fantasy version of Monopoly. Full article available here.