Towards the end of her junior year of college, my sister met her future husband. He was graduating, and had already made plans to go to Israel to get a masters for the next two years. Joanna and Mordecai kept in touch over skype for those two years, and were creative with how they spend time together. Sometimes they would cook dinner “together” or listen to podcasts and do work; other times they would invite my brother and me to play cards with them. We placed Mordecai cards on a stand, and he told us “second from the left” to select which card to play.

2012 083 A few of my siblings and I also played cards like this my freshman year of college while they were home for a break and I was still at school. (See image on left.)

Now my brother (a 2nd Lieutenant in the army) is dating a girl currently stationed in Germany. Instead of the usual cards over skype, we tried a new game: Settlers of Catan – the app! – while also using google hangouts to talk.

We had played Settlers before, but never online, so it took a while for everyone to get set up, purchase the app for $4.99 and then get to playing. All in all I thought it was a fun way to spend time together, and we will certainly be playing again (not to mention to get our $4.99 ‘s worth). If you’ve run out of fun things to do with your long-distance family or significant other, I’d recommend giving it a try.

2 Responses to “Settlers of Catan: Getting Creative with Long Distance Relationships”

  1. vaneerdenjk1 says:

    I’m from a family of 13, so coming up with new ways to keep in touch is constantly a hot topic. We keep an ongoing text message thread with everyone (adding new spouses/fiances as they come). I recently picked up Clash of Clans at the request of my younger brothers and it’s been a fun way to keep in touch. I’ll look into Settler’s to see if it might be a more ‘inclusive’ online gaming experience!

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