I received my issue of Wired Magazine's September issue this week and was thrilled to see an article by Joel Meares called Life In Narnia.
Joel rated 10 fictional worlds and ranked them based on how habitable each would be. I'm not sure what criteria Joel used to create the list. I've reached out to him for some clarification. If and when I receive his feedback, I'll be sure to update this article.
The good news is that Settlers of Catan made the top of the list. Joel makes this comment about Catan:
"Resource-rich Germanic islet offers mountain views and sheep-filled meadows."
That may not sound like much at first blush, but when you see the list of alternatives he offers, you realize that Catan is looking pretty good.
Joel's list from the September issue of Wired Magazine is not currently available online. Here is the list ranked from Most Habital at the top to Hellish Pit of Despair at the bottom:
- Catan - Settlers of Catan board game
- Monopoly-land - Monopoly board game
- Narnia - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Kronos - Klingon home world in Star Trek
- Cylon Empire - Battlestar Galactica
- Galactic Empire - Star Wars
- Panem - The Hunger Games
- The Old Imperium - Dune
- Mordor - Lord of the Rings
- Sodor - Thomas the Tank Engine
I'm not sure what criteria you had to have to make the list, but I have to admit that once you get past Settlers, it all pretty much descends into Hellish Pit of Despair.
Hey, at least in Catan you have plenty of sheep and wood.