Why The Settlers of Catan is Part of the Games Timeline:
Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.
Review of The Settlers of Catan:
More About The Settlers of Catan:
Having sold millions of copies worldwide, The Settlers of Catan is the most successful designer game ever published.
The "board" is a series of hexagons which can be laid down in an almost infinite number of patterns so that the game will always be a bit different each time it's played. Players compete to explore the island of Catan, building roads, villages and cities. To do so, you have to acquire the proper resource cards -- which is done both by controlling resource production tiles and by trading cards with other players.
Numerous expansions and spinoff games are available. Here is my list of the Top 5 Settlers of Catan Games and Expansions.