The Settlers of Catan

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Settlers of Catan
Designer(s)Klaus Teuber
Publisher(s)Kosmos (Germany)
Catan Studio (USA and UK)
Filosofia (France)
999 Games (Benelux)
Capcom (Japan)
Smart (Russia)
Κάισσα (Greece)
Devir (Brazil)
HaKubia (Israel)
Grow Jogos e Brinquedos (Brazil)
Galakta (Poland)
Albi (Czech republic and Slovakia)
Publication date1995; 29 years ago (1995)
Players3 to 4 (standard)
2, 5, or 6 (with expansions)
5–12 (movie edition)
Setup timeapproximately 8 minutes
Playing time1–2 hours
Random chancelow–moderate
Random chancelow–moderate
Skill(s) requiredStrategy

The Settlers of Catan, sometimes called Catan or Settlers for short, is a board game. More than one person plays Catan at a time. The Settlers of Catan was designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag (Kosmos) as Die Siedler von Catan. People play as settlers, each try to build holdings while trading and getting resources. Players get points as their settlements grow. The first player to reach a set number of points, usually 10, wins. The game and its many expansions are also published by Mayfair Games, Filosofia, Capcom, 999 Games, Κάισσα, and Devir.

The Settlers of Catan became one of the first German-style board games to become popular outside Europe.[1] As of 2015, more than 22 million copies in 30 languages had been sold.[2][3] The game involves a lot of strategy, while still being fairly easy to learn.

Gameplay[change | change source]

A giant game of Settlers being played at Gen Con Indy 2003. This is one of many Settlers of Catan custom, extra-large boards seen during demonstrations and tournaments at Gen Con.

The players in the game represent settlers creating colonies on the island of Catan. Players build settlements, cities, and roads to connect them as they settle the island. The game board, which represents the island, is made out of tiles with six sides. (hexes) of different land types, which are laid out randomly at the beginning of each game.[4] Newer editions of the game began to have a fixed layout in their manual, which has been proven by computer simulations to be fair.[source?] They recommend this to be used by beginners. In 2016, editions of the game were released with a conventional fixed layout board in this configuration. The hexes of these editions cannot be rearranged.

Three young women playing a game of Catan in a school

Teuber's original design was for a large game of exploration and development in a new land.[5] Between 1993 and 1995 Teuber and Kosmos refined and simplified the game into its current form. Unused mechanics from that design went on to be used in Teuber's following games, Entdecker and Löwenherz. The game's first expansion, Catan: Seafarers, adds the concept of exploration, and the combined game (sometimes known as "New Shores") is probably the closest game to Teuber's original intentions.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Levy, Larry (August 2001). "Special K". Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  2. McNary, Dave. "'Settlers of Catan' Movie, TV Project in the Works". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. Curry, Andrew (23 March 2009). "Monopoly Killer". Wired News. Retrieved 29 March 2009.
  4. "Professor Easy's Settlers of Catan tutorial". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  5. "Catan-Domaine-Entdecker". Mayfair Games. Archived from the original on 26 May 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2007.