I've gotten really into Settlers of Catan recently. There are a few people I regularly play with and these games are really fun / intense; however, when any of this group splits off to play "friendly games" with "casual players", the games are really one-sided.
"Playing easy" on purpose isn't fun for anyone involved; is there a more creative way to introduce a handicap? I would prefer something subtle, in which the casual players aren't even aware that a handicap is involved.
An example would be "don't buy any development cards" (development cards are the bread and butter of my current play style), but I'm hoping to get some (more creative / more varied) suggestions.
[Edit] As a disclaimer, I am by no means calling myself "a good player"! I'm just pointing out that I've played a bit more (30+ games?) than most casual players that have only touched the game a few times, and that as a result, I've gotten used to certain strategic ideas that casual players haven't been exposed to yet.