I have been playing a lot of Catan with my family and friends since I have been at home. It is a really fun strategy game, and it is a good game to play for all different types of players.
While I love playing board games like Monopoly and Risk, those games take such a long time to complete; while Catan can take a long time (1-2 hours), it will never extend for days like Monopoly and Risk can. This makes it a more convenient game if you only have a couple hours to play each day. Also, Catan is a great game in terms of replay-ability; on some days, my friends and I will play up to 3 games.
The point of Catan is to get to 10 victory points; you can get these points by building settlements, cities, roads, etc. It sounds difficult if you have never played it before, but once you start playing it is easy to get the hang of it. I would say that it takes less than 10 minutes to understand the rules and how to play.
Catan uses a combination of dice and cards, and both help to make the game more random and luck based. While there is still plenty of skill and strategy involved, I would say it is about 40-60 luck/skill ratio.
I know a lot of people who play Catan now, and it is getting to be a really popular game. I would highly recommend trying it out if you have never heard of it before; the game works best if you have 4 players, but it can also work if you have as little as 2 players or as many as 6 players (but for 5-6 people you have to buy an extension pack as well!).
Catan Recommendation Rating (Repeat Golfers): 5
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for