Does anyone know where I can download the new ruleset?
Jeff Paull if you read this, are you running Settlers at WBC this year, and which rules will be used?
"new rules" are actually over a year old. They allow a blending of the Trade/Build phase (as an option) and do allow the robber to be placed in the Desert hex.
The first one was included in the Teuber release of the 'plastic' pieces.
The second rule is in the 3-D version of the game. Not sure if those rules are available seperately.
Neither are widely played in the US.
I don't want to muddle the already muddled US rules.
At this point, I will stick to the WBC rules we've used for the last 3 years.
I've not gotten _any_ feedback that they should be adjusted. The initial city, settlement and 3 roads are all designed to move the tournament along and not have games end in adjudication.
Any questions, drop me a mail here.