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Jon Smith
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There are more details and pictures on catan.com - looks like it is a pen, paper and dice game - possibly useful for keeping in a bag as a filler game for train journeys.

In german only:

http://www.catan.com/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=v...

I used Google to get a rough translation :

"The settlers of Catan - the cube play"

The settlers of Catan - the cube playAlso with the cube version of the settlers of Catan settlements, roads, cities and knights are built. It does not build is called here however that one places wood or plastic figures on a plan. Rather each player possesses a sheet with the illustration of a smaller island Catan. The building sheetOne builds, by painting the outlines of roads, knights as well as settlement and city symbols with a Schreibstift.

The building of a road, a settlement or a city costs the same raw materials as with the large brother. However one comes to the necessary raw materials in completely different way. Who in turn is, may up to three times with six special cubes cubes. After each cube throw it may put a part of the cubes aside or let all cubes roll also again.

On the sides of each cube once in each case the catanischen raw materials loam, wood, wool, grain, ore and gold are shown. If a player succeeds for example, a road and a settlement may build and/or paint 2 wood, 2 loam and per 1 grain and 1 wool to cubes.

Naturally one must keep also certain rules when building. The first road is already marked as built to beginning of play. From this road one builds sequentially further roads. Each built road counts 1 point. Settlements and cities must be built in the order of their points. The points for the building of a settlement rise from 3 to 11, the points for cities from 7 to 30. The cubesSince one may build only then a city or a settlement, if one attached her with a road, one often stands before the dilemma whether one is to attach a more lucrative, but city which can be built more with difficulty or a less lucrative settlement which can be built however more easily.

And which task do the catanischen knights have? Now, in each of the six landscapes is outlined a knight shown. Who builds and/or paints a knight, may do once in the play the raw material of a landscape, in which a knight was built, when Joker used. That is, after the third cube throw one may turn a cube on the side with the raw material, which is available as Joker.

Who built, registers its points into one of the 15 small boxes of its sheet. After 15 cube rounds the player with the highest point sum wins.

Catan, the cube play is conceived for 1-4 players and lasts depending upon number of players between approx. 15 and 30 minutes. It will be available prospective at the end of of February in the trade. At the end of February it also as on-line play with www.playcatan.com one will offer."

It is also available on www.amazon.de?tag=article-geekdo07-21 for pre-order at €5.99.

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Forget the game, I want those dice.
 
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A slightly brushed up translation:

The settlers of Catan - the dice game

"In The settlers of Catan - the dice game settlements, roads, cities and knights are built as well. 'Building' here doesn't mean that one places wood or plastic figures on a board. Rather each player possesses a sheet with the illustration of a smaller island Catan. One builds by drawing the outlines of roads and knights as well as settlement and city symbols with a pencil.

Building a road, a settlement or a city costs the same raw materials as in the larger brother [the original Settlers]. However, one gets the necessary raw materials in a completely different way. In his turn, a player may roll six special dice up to three times. After each die roll he may set part of the dice aside or roll all cubes again [hence, reroll up to 6 dice 2 times].

On the sides of each die, the raw materials of Catan - loam [bricks?], wood, wool, grain, ore and gold - are shown. For example, if a player manages to roll 2 wood, 2 loam [brick?], 1 grain, and 1 wool, a road and a settlement may be build (drawn).

Of course, there are certain rules when building. The first road is already marked as built at the beginning of the game. From this road one builds further roads sequentially. Each road built is 1 point. Settlements and cities must be built in the order of their point values. The point value for building a settlement rises from 3 to 11, for cities from 7 to 30. Since one may only build a city or a settlement in places that are connected by road, one often faces the dilemma whether to connect a more lucrative, but more difficult to build city or a less lucrative settlement which can be built more easily. [This is not particularly clear in the German text. Especially the order of building settlements and cities is a mystery to me.]

And what job do the knights of Catan have? Well, in each of the six landscapes [on the player sheet] is a outlined knight shown. Who builds (draws) a knight, may once in the games use the raw material of the landscape in which that knight was built as a Joker. That is, after the third die roll one may turn a die to the side with the raw material that is available as a Joker.

Whenever a player builds something, he notes his points in one of the 15 small boxes of his sheet. After 15 die rolling rounds the player with the highest point total wins.

Catan, the dice game is conceived for 1-4 players and lasts - depending on the number of players - approx. between 15 and 30 minutes. It is prospected to be available in shops at the end of of February. At the end of February it will also be offered as an on-line game at www.playcatan.com."

It is also available on www.amazon.de?tag=article-geekdo07-21 for pre-order at €5.99."
 
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Lajos wrote:
A slightly brushed up translation:

The settlers of Catan - the dice game

"In The settlers of Catan - the dice game settlements, roads, cities and knights are built as well. 'Building' here doesn't mean that one places wood or plastic figures on a board. Rather each player possesses a sheet with the illustration of a smaller island Catan. One builds by drawing the outlines of roads and knights as well as settlement and city symbols with a pencil.

Building a road, a settlement or a city costs the same raw materials as in the larger brother [the original Settlers]. However, one gets the necessary raw materials in a completely different way. In his turn, a player may roll six special dice up to three times. After each die roll he may set part of the dice aside or roll all cubes again [hence, reroll up to 6 dice 2 times].

On the sides of each die, the raw materials of Catan - loam [bricks?], wood, wool, grain, ore and gold - are shown. For example, if a player manages to roll 2 wood, 2 loam [brick?], 1 grain, and 1 wool, a road and a settlement may be build (drawn).

Of course, there are certain rules when building. The first road is already marked as built at the beginning of the game. From this road one builds further roads sequentially. Each road built is 1 point. Settlements and cities must be built in the order of their point values. The point value for building a settlement rises from 3 to 11, for cities from 7 to 30. Since one may only build a city or a settlement in places that are connected by road, one often faces the dilemma whether to connect a more lucrative, but more difficult to build city or a less lucrative settlement which can be built more easily. [This is not particularly clear in the German text. Especially the order of building settlements and cities is a mystery to me.]

And what job do the knights of Catan have? Well, in each of the six landscapes [on the player sheet] is a outlined knight shown. Who builds (draws) a knight, may once in the games use the raw material of the landscape in which that knight was built as a Joker. That is, after the third die roll one may turn a die to the side with the raw material that is available as a Joker.

Whenever a player builds something, he notes his points in one of the 15 small boxes of his sheet. After 15 die rolling rounds the player with the highest point total wins.

Catan, the dice game is conceived for 1-4 players and lasts - depending on the number of players - approx. between 15 and 30 minutes. It is prospected to be available in shops at the end of of February. At the end of February it will also be offered as an on-line game at www.playcatan.com."

It is also available on www.amazon.de?tag=article-geekdo07-21 for pre-order at €5.99."


Call me crazy, but it actually doesn't sound like that terrible of a game. I've always been a fan of Yahtzee, despite how ridiculously luck-driven and over-packaged it is, and this seems like an interesting Catan-ification of the basic concepts.
 
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NateStraight wrote:
Call me crazy, but it actually doesn't sound like that terrible of a game. I've always been a fan of Yahtzee, despite how ridiculously luck-driven and over-packaged it is, and this seems like an interesting Catan-ification of the basic concepts.

It is.

I hate Yahtzee, but I'm interested in this nevertheless.
 
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