Catan

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Product Description

Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun!

In Catan (formerly The Settlers of Catan), players try to be the dominant force on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities, and roads. On each turn dice are rolled to determine what resources the island produces. Players collect these resources (cards)—wood, grain, brick, sheep, or stone—to build up their civilisations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

Catan has won multiple awards and is one of the most popular games in recent history due to its amazing ability to appeal to experienced gamers as well as those new to the hobby.

Setup

Setup includes randomly placing large hexagonal tiles (each showing a resource or the desert) in a honeycomb shape and surrounding them with water tiles, some of which contain ports of exchange. Number disks, which will correspond to die rolls (two 6-sided dice are used), are placed on each resource tile. Each player is given two settlements (think: houses) and roads (sticks) which are, in turn, placed on intersections and borders of the resource tiles. Players collect a hand of resource cards based on which hex tiles their last-placed house is adjacent to. A robber pawn is placed on the desert tile.

Turns

A turn consists of possibly playing a development card, rolling the dice, everyone (perhaps) collecting resource cards based on the roll and position of houses (or upgraded cities—think: hotels) unless a 7 is rolled, turning in resource cards (if possible and desired) for improvements, trading cards at a port, and trading resource cards with other players. If a 7 is rolled, the active player moves the robber to a new hex tile and steals resource cards from other players who have built structures adjacent to that tile.

Points

Points are accumulated by building settlements and cities, having the longest road and the largest army (from some of the development cards), and gathering certain development cards that simply award victory points. When a player has gathered 10 points (some of which may be held in secret), he announces his total and claims the win.

Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Catan Studio
Player numbers: 3-4
Recommended Age: 10+
Game Time: 60–120 Min

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Awards & Honours:

2012 JoTa Best Game Released in Brazil Nominee
2012 JoTa Best Game Released in Brazil Critic Award
2011 Ludo Award Best Board Game Editor’s Choice Winner
2005 Gra Roku Game of the Year
2004 Hra roku Winner
2004 Hra roku Nominee
2002 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Japanese Game Nominee
2001 Origins Awards Hall of Fame Inductee
1996 Origins Awards Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Board Game Winner
1995 Spiel des Jahres Winner
1995 Meeples’ Choice Award
1995 Essener Feder Best Written Rules Winner
1995 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner

Expansions:

Expansions extend the base game, adding new features and challenges

Catan: Seafarers
(requires Base Game)

Catan: Cities and Knights
(requires Base Game)

Catan: Traders and Barbarians
(requires Base Game)

Catan: Explorers and Pirates
(requires Base Game)

Scenarios:

Additional scenarios for expansions

Catan: Seafarers Scenario – Legend of the Sea Robbers
(requires Base Game, and Catan: Seafarers)

Extensions:

Allows for a 5th and 6th player

Catan: 5-6 Player Extension
(requires Base Game)

Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension
(requires Base Game, Catan: Seafarers, and Catan: 5-6 Player Extension)

Catan: Cities and Knights – 5-6 Player Extension
(requires Base Game, Catan: Cities and Knights, and Catan: 5-6 Player Extension)

Catan: Traders and Barbarians – 5-6 Player Extension
(requires Base Game, Traders and Barbarians, and Catan: 5-6 Player Extension)

Catan: Explorers and Pirates – 5-6 Player Extension
(requires Base Game, Catan: Explorers and Pirates: 5-6 Player Extension)

Product Contents:

19 x Hexagonal Region Tiles
6 x Sea Frame Pieces
9 x Extra harbor Pieces
20 x Wooden Settlement Pieces
16 x Wooden City Pieces
16 x Wooden Road Pieces
95 x Resources Cards
25 x Development Cards
4 x Building Cost Cards
2 x Special Bonus Cards
18 x Number Tokens
2 x Dice
1 x Wooden Robber Pawn
1 x Rulebook & Almanac

 

 

5 reviews for Catan

  1. Craig

    It’s a classic, and I still play a game (with or without one of its expansions) every couple of months. Over time, I’ve come to love it and hate it, but it still amazes me that a new player can sit down and win, even when I’ve played 100+ games. Maybe that’s just me 😛

  2. michael.j.barlev

    Excellent game, simply excellent.
    A must have favourite in the family.
    The base game is all we play, and have played more than 50.
    One game can leave you feeling ‘robbed’ – literally – and wanting a chance to win, with subsequent games right away.

  3. mel.indiedesigns (verified owner)

    This game is a lot of fun, we played it back to back the first time for over 3 hours. Easy to learn with enough depth to keep you wanting more. The game is a good mix of strategy and luck, can’t wait to try the expansions.

  4. Heber

    Settlers of Catan was given to us as a gift a couple of years ago. We have edition 4. It is probably our favorite game that we enjoy even between just 2 of us. We even vary the rules to add a challenge for us.
    The cards have been so we’ll used but we can’t find where to access replacement cards.
    The new edition version has the letters on the back of the number buttons. This doesn’t work for us when we vary our game and randomly place to buttons with the numbers down. After we pick our settlement spots we then turn over the numbers to see what we have to play with. With the letters you can memorize the numbers.
    Awesome game. We were given the seafarers expansion game but haven’t figured out yet how that works with our current game.

  5. Shireen C

    This is an all time classic game that I’ve played for over two decades now. I bought the games from the US decades ago when we didn’t have board game suppliers like Seriously Board in NZ. I’ve almost all the extensions and have had many games with friends. It introduced me to strategy games and I’ve not looked back since! There is some element of luck but also requiring strategic skills to win! Over Christmas, I found a friend to play it again and loved it! Never get sick of playing this game – as a 2 player or with 4,5,6. It takes time but well worth the time spend in the company of friends (or foes – if you lost)…

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