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July has been an awesome month of board games.
Aside from Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, my friends and I delved into many other awesomely obscure ones.

First, our farmers went to war in Carcasonne!
Carcasonne

We shaped our world one tile at a time, carving out our own roads, monasteries, and castles. Each piece of land marked our destiny.

Second, the rent was too darn high in Monopoly Deal.
Monopoly Deal

Everyone lost all property to one Mr. Moneybags. He collected rent after rent after rent.  Even a few “Dealbreaker” cards couldn’t save us poor fellas.

Lastly, we pondered on the tao of life in Tsuro
Tsuro
When each tao/way/path could lead to death, everyone carefully strategized their movements to keep their smooth-stoned avatars alive. In the end we had three winners, each wiser to the way of the Tsuro.

Fun fun!

Last Monday, my friends and I arrived at a new hexagonal land peaking above the seas. We each cast our dice and picked plots to grow our own colonies.
Setters of Catan

The early times were hard. Wheat and sheep were in short supply.
The luckier of us had homesteads near forests and built roads to lands yonder.
road

Soon, coal became vastly abundant, and settlements quickly developed into cities. Resources were plentiful, trade was booming, and ports bustled with activity.
traders

Alas, all was not well. Robbers were rampant. Each one of us summoned armies to defend our strongholds.
army

In the end, one the almighty conquer emerged from this land. With his long roads and monopoly on wood, he grew expansions after expansions.
Devin
It was a fun game of Settlers of Catan.