It started with Tropic Thunder playing in the background. Such a hilarious movie, and then another friend mentioned that he had brought "Settlers." As I filed through my memory, I remember where I had heard that before: Chill's Livestream. I remember Chill playing that game, and I had absolutely no idea what was going on.
They had played one round, in about half an hour, and by that time the movie was over. I had gotten up, determined to figure out how to play it.
It was slow at first, barely understanding the rules, having no idea what to do during my turn, etc. The people that I was teamed with (to teach me how to play) had left, and I was there alone.
While it progressed slowly at first, another guy I knew sat down next to me, and proclaimed himself to be my partner. When I started to understand the game, it got so much more entertaining.
Before I knew it, it had turned into a nearly *three* hour brawl, containing embargoes, terrorist/insurgent groups, war mongrels, monopolies, and a cutting-edge fight to earn the 10 points.
After all the time had passed, my teammate and myself had managed to conjure up two roads, taking the longest bridge, while conjuring up the last points needed for victory. It was my affirmation into the game, and it was good.
Afterwards, we proceeded to watch the Redskins lose, and caught up on a few other things, while enjoying the other aspects of company, television, and card/board games.
I finally get home, while it is way too late for me to finish all my work, until I am brought upon the realization that the due dates were delayed, thus not requiring me to finish them tonight.
Conclusion/tl;dr: Settlers of Catan is now my new favorite board game.