As such, I came up with the "Nuclear Option" for Catan. Simply put, a character could spend 2 Stone and 2 Clay to build a Nuclear Missile, which would be launched immediately. Launching a Nuclear Missile would perform one of three tasks:
- Destroy an opposing Settlement.
- Reduce an opposing City to a Settlement.
- Destroy any two adjoining Roads.
|Advance the Doomsday Clock!|
With FridayNightWill, Chris II, and the PlatinumChick alongside me, we broke out this variant for the first time last night, and the results were...pretty impressive, really!
By and large, gameplay was unchanged. Clay was a premium in our game, due to our utter inability to roll an 8 or a 10 on 2d6, but that didn't stop Chris II from unleashing a nuclear salvo at my roads! After crippling my motion for several turns, he was able to jump out to an early lead, grabbing the Longest Road and tying with FridayNightWill for the lead.
However, I had some plutonium of my own to share! After nuking some of Chris II's roads back to the Stone Age, I managed to slip in, and connect my two original settlements, thereby splitting the map and giving me both the Longest Road, and the victory.
|Was it worth it?!|
Overall, I was very pleased with the results of this variant, and would be eager to play it again. I can see some problems already, in terms of the various Catan expansions, but for the base game, it's a unique, PvP-centered expansion that adds a much more pleasing dimension to the game. Try it! You'll like it!