So anyone with some spare time on their hands, I highly recommend this game. I was first introduced to it on Xbox LIVE, and then lately have been playing the original board game. As both are now unavailable to me, I had to get my fix online. You can download the game for free
. The games online actually don't last too long. I'm not sure why (maybe its simply because you don't spend time trying to figure out which resources you get each turn or something like that), but maybe 30 minutes to an hour max. Board game, with 4+ players expect to take several hours.
I highly recommend the PC game, or even the board game. Awesome game, would be a great family game too, though I imagine you would have to be like at least 13 to really be able to handle it. Basically its a combination of monopoly, risk, and then a bunch of steroids maybe?
Basically there are resource tiles all over the board and you place settlements on them. Each time the number on that resource is rolled you get that resource. Your goal is to build roads so you can expand, and build more settlements, and upgrade your settlements into cities (at which point you get 2 resources for that number). The board game (and PC version, for a cost) includes expansions that put you in a world of islands, requiring you to travel the sea, and others that I haven't actually played yet
If you have the time to learn how to play it, I highly recommend you download it and give it a go!
(Picture is from the Xbox version, the free PC version doesn't look so fancy