Catan (1995)

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1995
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Primary Name
Catan
Alternate Names
Catan Telepesei
Catan: Das Spiel
Catan: Landnemarnir
Catane
Catanin Uudisasukkaat
I Coloni di Catan
I Coloni di Katan
Coloniștii din Catan
Colonizadores de Catan
Los Colonos de Catán
Les Colons de Catane
Les Colons de Katane
Os Descobridores de Catan
Los Descubridores de Catán
Els Colons de Catan
Katan no Kaitakusya
Katanas ieceïotâji
Katanas Ieceļotāji
Katani Asustajad
Katano salos naujakuriai
Katano Salos Naujakuriai
De Kolonisten van Catan
Naseljenci otoka Catan
Naseljenici ostrva Katan
Naseljenici ostrva Katan / Насељеници острва Катан
Osadníci z Katanu
Osadnicy z Catanu
Settlers fra Catan
The Settlers fra Catan
Settlers från Catan
The Settlers från Catan
The Settlers of Catan
Die Siedler von Catan
Οι Άποικοι του Κατάν
Заселниците на Катан
Колонизаторы
המתיישבים של קטאן
นักบุกเบิกแห่ง Catan
カタンの開拓者
カタンの開拓者たち
カタンの開拓者たち スタンダード版
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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 civilizations to get to 10 victory points and win the game.

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.

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 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.

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.

Die Siedler von Catan was originally published by Kosmos and has gone through multiple editions. It was licensed by Mayfair and has undergone four editions as The Settlers of Catan. In 2015, it was formally renamed Catan to better represent itself as the core and base game of the Catan series. It has been re-published in two travel editions, portable edition and compact edition, as a special gallery edition (replaced in 2009 with a family edition), as an anniversary wooden edition, as a deluxe 3D collector's edition, in the basic Simply Catan, as a beginner version, and with an entirely new theme in Japan and Asia as Settlers of Catan: Rockman Edition. Numerous spin-offs and expansions have also been made for the game.

The Settlers of Catan is the original game in the Catan Series.

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Mayfair 4th Edition

  • 19 Terrain Hexes (Tiles)
  • 6 Sea Frame Pieces
  • 9 Harbor Pieces
  • 18 Circular Number Tokens (Chits)
  • 95 Resource Cards (19 of Each Resource: Ore, Grain, Lumber, Wool, Brick)
  • 25 Development Cards (14 Knight/Soldier Cards, 6 Progress Cards, 5 Victory Point Cards)
  • 4 "Building Costs" Cards
  • 2 Special Cards: "Longest Road" & "Largest Army"
  • 16 Cities (4 of Each Color Shaped like Churches)
  • 20 Settlements (5 of Each Color Shaped like Houses)
  • 60 Roads (15 of Each Color Shaped like Bars)
  • 2 Dice (1 Yellow, 1 Red)
  • 1 Robber
  • 1 Games Rules & Almanac Booklet

Mayfair 3rd Edition
These are mostly the same as the 4th edition, except that no Sea Frame Pieces or Harbor Pieces are included. Instead, 18 hexagonal sea tiles are included, 9 of which have harbor tokens printed directly on tile.

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Catan
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English fifth edition 2015
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2015
Product Code: MFG3071
Size: 11.62 x 9.38 x 3.12 inches
3.00 pounds
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Release Date: Apr 23, 2015
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German edition 2015
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2015
Product Code: 69360
Size: 11.73 x 11.73 x 2.83 inches
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Release Date: Mar 2015
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German edition 2013 with "Play it Smart" app
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2013
Product Code: 693015
Size: 11.73 x 11.73 x 2.83 inches
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Dutch third edition 2012
Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Michael Menzel
Year: 2012
Product Code: 999-KOL01B
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
2.65 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 19, 2012
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Thai edition 2012
Publisher: KOSMOS, Ninive Games
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Year: 2012
Product Code: NG0001
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2012
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