At an invitation-only executive retreat earlier this year in Sundance, Utah, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs including LinkedIn Corp. founder Reid Hoffman and Mozilla Corp. Chief Executive John Lilly discussed the latest tech trends.
Then, as the night wound down, they began trading bricks, sheep and wood.
Over a German board game called Settlers of Catan, Messrs. Hoffman and Lilly and two other players garnered points by using cards representing bricks and other resources to build cities and roads. Mr. Lilly, playing Settlers for the first time, won the game.
It didn't stop there. "We played a couple more times at the retreat," says Mr. Lilly, 38 years old. Since then, he has played Settlers at other tech conferences and at social occasions in Silicon Valley.
Game Night in Silicon Valley
I actually played my first game of Settlers at that conference in Sundance with Reid the year prior. Didn't do as well as Lilly did, though. A win on the first try is impressive! It's amazing how the Texas Hold 'em games have shifted in a big way to Settlers games. Does the game have any traction outside the Valley? Will we be seeing Settlers tournaments on TV anytime soon or is this destined to only be a SV echo chamber thing? Perhaps this is more of an evolution chess and D&D than of Texas Hold 'em...