I just played this for the first time last month after hearing how awesome it was forever. Now it's on my must-buy list. I'm sort of a board game freak anyway... not sure what took me so long to give this one a try. Great game. I love how open-ended the strategy is. It'll take me a while to master it.
Twas a pact forged in ages long past that the marauding Heidi shall ner again dominate with her iron and wood, nor with her soldiers and roads. And indeed, any settler who does not summon his resources to defend Katan (sic) from her grasping hand should take heed, for the common good of all is at stake! And so it is with heavy heart, that I must report from the front line that clan B--- cannot hope to fight this latest battle. They are yet to weary from weeks of travel, there is no food in their huts, many are sick, and the evil smell of the open road still clings to all their garments. And even as my scribe writes this, I am imprisoned behind bars of parchmentwork that have accumulated in my absence, baring my exit 'till the last embers of the fire die late in the evening. But to those who do battle, I say fight bravely! You hold the very fate of Katan in your hands.