Settlers of Catan parody Settlers of Brooklyn is painfully accurate

Your resources? Coffee, bicycles, vinyl, skinny jeans, and kale.


Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Mar 24, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 5:55 am CDT

As any young white hipster who’s foraged in the wilds of Brooklyn knows, it’s a potentially rich land in which to make your home—provided you can make the most of your overpriced resources while continuing to draw income from your parents. 

Thankfully, Settlers of Brooklyn—pronounced “Brook-lawn”—is here to help, in a new parody from comedy network Above Average that spoofs popular board game Settlers of Catan.

The object of Settlers of Catan is to gain control of land while developing an uncharted pioneer space. To win, you have to leverage the resources you have at your disposal, like wool-providing sheep and fields of grain, while battling the elements and your competing players, who also want to control a lot of land in a limited amount of space.  

Settlers is a tabletop gaming mainstay, popular with the kinds of young, white, urbanites skewered in the video. You know, the kind who’ve never actually planted a field in their lives. But it makes a very wry metaphor for the white hipster invasion that has gentrified and transformed Brooklyn over the last two decades.

There’s just one question: What will these settlers do with all that kale? 

Screengrab via Above Average/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2015, 3:44 pm CDT