Settlers of Catan: The New Monopoly?

As Monopoly celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, the household favorite's message seems to fit our times as well as it did when it was created during the Great Depression. But perhaps a board game with a less catchy name -- Settlers of Catan -- has better lessons for our modern world; and, for our modern entrepreneurs. Thanks to the Internet, the German multi-player real estate development game has spread to Silicon Valley, where, the Washington Post reports, it has become akin to the computer programmer's golf game:

Thanks to the Internet, Settlers has spread from Stuttgart to Seoul to Silicon Valley, where it has become a necessary social skill among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists (one tech chief executive calls it "the new golf"). Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg reportedly plays it with his girlfriend. It is popular among programmers and college students, a set of forward-thinkers similar to those who played Monopoly years before Parker Brothers got in on the action. We think of Monopoly as a game celebrating capitalism, but it actually evolved out of the Landlord's Game, patented in 1903 to promote a high tax on property owners proposed by economist Henry George.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

Presented by

Rebecca Greenfield is a former staff writer at The Wire.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Technology

Just In