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The Settlers of Catan

4.50 (53 ratings)
Release Date 1995
Publisher Mayfair Games (US)
Designer Klaus Teuber
Players 2 - 4
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  • Get resources from the island of Catan
  • Expand by building roads, settlements, and cities
  • Buy and Barter your way to victory in this ever-changing classic

For three or four strategy-loving players, games don't get much more fundamental than Settlers. Every game the island of Catan has a new configuration, allowing endless replayability. Players use the resources gleaned from the forests, fields, mountains, pastures, and hills, to build roads, settlements, and cities. A simple but elegant dice mechanic ensures that some resources will always be in short supply, forcing players to trade amongst themselves, whilst positioning their pieces around the island to maximum effect. Every throw of a 7 on the two dice brings the Robber into play, while Development Cards can also swing the game your way. With many expansions available, each delivering a new twist or setting, Settlers is where grown-up gaming begins.

Play Time:
Long (60-120 min)
In The Box
  • Rules, Almanac, Quick Start Rules
  • 60 Roads, 20 Settlements, 16 Cities
  • 4 Building Costs Cards, 1 Robber
  • 18 Sea, 19 Land Hex Tiles
  • 95 Resource, 25 Development and 2 Special Cards
  • 18 Number Tokens, 2 Dice
Hard to review

This game is great, and all I can say about it right now is that if you have not played it you owe it to yourself to find a friend with a copy and give it a shot.

Review posted on 09 November 2011
Greatest Game Ever!

Talk about replay value. You can infinitely change your play space and even change the shape of your island. I have also used this game to build worlds for my D&D players.

Review posted on 27 October 2011
Luck was on my side.

I bought my core Settlers of Catan set at a yard sale for what I later learned was a complete steal. After having some difficulty cultivating a group of people that would play the game through with me, I found friends that genuinely enjoy the building mechanics, and now we regularly play. I plan to introduce this game to my children.

Review posted on 26 October 2011

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