How Settlers of Catan Explains International Relations (Huffington Post)

Originally posted January 3, 2017 on The Huffington Post and Medium


Like many people around the world, I’ve fallen in love with ‘Settlers of Catan’.
It’s not because I have a special affinity for wood, or sheep, or bricks.
It’s not because I have a thing for hexagons.
It’s not even because I enjoy ruining my friendships.
Besides the simple fact that it’s fun, ‘Settlers of Catan’ (together with gin rummy, which I’ll discuss in another post) is the best representation of international relations in game form. And it raises fascinating questions about the nature of rules and how we create them — questions that are unfolding on the international stage today.


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