Dorothy, I think we are not in Catan anymore OR Wow - this game is like Settlers of Catan!
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Dorothy?.. - Yes?.. - I think we're not in Catan anymore...

let me recall a few incidents, where people compared games to Settlers of Catan.

Now, I don't know whether this is matter that is typical for Germany, but in Germany quite a few households own a copy of Settlers of Catan - in this way Catan is almost like Monopoly. Funnily when you explain new games to new gamers or explain people what you do as a hobby, you often get the statement that this and that game is almost like Settlers of Catan.

So I thought, we might bring together all the strange references to Settlers of Catan that have been encountered.

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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:294] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Of Course, when we talk about Settlers, then Settlers deserve the first space in this list

A game of Catan is almost like Settlers of Catan...
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Situation:
I do some volunatry work at a local school. Once a week I offer a Games workshop/class for the students. At a school celebration I offered a stall with "my students" and explained boardgames to visitors. When I explained Dominion to a woman, this is what happend:


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Me: The aim of the game is collect these green cards. They give you a kind of "victory Points". The person with the most victory points at the game end wins the game.
Answer: Oh, victory points, this game is like settlers of Catan!

aehm, yes....
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Situation:
I explained the term "CoSim" to a colleague of mine and told him about an ongoing game of World in Flames

Reference:
Me: Well, you have a world map and this map is covered with a hexagonal layer.
Answer: Oh, hexes, is this game like Settlers of Catan?

Aehm, noooooo....
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Worker placement allows you to gather resources from adjacent hexes of varying terrain types. Certainly this must have been inspired by Catan.
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City building and gathering resources from adjacent features of varying types. Also very reminiscent of Catan.
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Of what I've added so far this is most similar to Catan.

Planets of varying types produce a given resource after you have built on them. You have to gather specific combinations of resources to build a feature and some can even be upgraded.
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Catan for the "herbal remedy" set.
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me: Want to play Small World?

friend 1: What's that?

me: It's a Board Game....

friend 2 cutting me off~ Like Monopoly?

me: Nope. This one, you pick a race with different abilities and try to attack the other players while taking control of as much territory as possible (or some explanation along those lines).

friend 1: Oh, so more like Settlers of Catan?

me: ?!?
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Overheard at one of our group's gaming parties this past week...

Gamer: So when you cross a hexagon, you use one of your movements.

Newbie: Ooh, like that one game with the robber and the hexagons! Um, that Catalan game! (a hush goes over the crowd)

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