CATAN FRANCHISE

The Catan games are some of the most popular on the tabletop market. In fact, the series was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe. As of 2015, more than 22 million copies in 30 different languages had been sold. The games within the series are published by a range of different groups, such as Mayfair Games, 999 Games and Kosmos. The original game won the prestigious Spiel des Jahres Award in 1995, alongside the Essen Feather and the Deutscher Spiele Preis Award. The Catan range includes four large expansions, several scenario packs and television spin-offs such as Star Trek and Game of Thrones. The Catan franchise also spread into the video game world, and there are also rumours of a Catan movie in the near future.

CATAN HISTORY

The first in a long line of Catan games was published in 1995 and was designed by Klaus Teuber. Since its original release, there have been several expansions and spin-offs. The first expansion of the base game was released in 1997 and was known as the Seafarers of Catan. This was quickly followed by Cities and Knights of Catan in 1998 and the fifth and sixth player expansions. The third large expansion of the base game, Traders & Barbarians, wasn't released until 2008. This was followed by the fourth expansion in 2013, known as Explorers & Pirates. The entire catalogue of Catan games was given a rebrand in 2015, to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The series would simply be known as Catan, rather than The Settlers of Catan.

CATAN FRANCHISE

The Catan games are some of the most popular on the tabletop market. In fact, the series was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe. As of 2015, more than 22 million copies in 30 different languages had been sold. The games within the series are published by a range of different groups, such as Mayfair Games, 999 Games and Kosmos. The original game won the prestigious Spiel des Jahres Award in 1995, alongside the Essen Feather and the Deutscher Spiele Preis Award. The Catan range includes four large expansions, several scenario packs and television spin-offs such as Star Trek and Game of Thrones. The Catan franchise also spread into the video game world, and there are also rumours of a Catan movie in the near future.

CATAN HISTORY

The first in a long line of Catan games was published in 1995 and was designed by Klaus Teuber. Since its original release, there have been several expansions and spin-offs. The first expansion of the base game was released in 1997 and was known as the Seafarers of Catan. This was quickly followed by Cities and Knights of Catan in 1998 and the fifth and sixth player expansions. The third large expansion of the base game, Traders & Barbarians, wasn't released until 2008. This was followed by the fourth expansion in 2013, known as Explorers & Pirates. The entire catalogue of Catan games was given a rebrand in 2015, to celebrate the 20th anniversary. The series would simply be known as Catan, rather than The Settlers of Catan.

HOW TO PLAY

Catan is a race to 10 victory points (VP). VP is scored through building settlements and cities, having the longest road and biggest army, and through victory point cards.

After setting up the board, resource and development cards, players will place their first settlements and roads. Players place in turn order and then back in reverse order so that everyone has placed two settlements and roads. When placing your settlement, try and choose a position with three different resource producing tiles, and/or numbers that are more likely to be rolled (6-9). Roads are attached to settlements in one of the three directions. Settlements can not be placed within one junction of another settlement. You now have two VPs! Well done! Oh but so does everybody else… Next you get your starting resource cards by taking a resource for each of the relevant hexes your settlements are adjacent too.

Turns consist of a few steps - first roll the dice and look at the numbers on the hexes that match the total rolled. Anyone with an adjacent settlement takes one of the relevant resources, anyone with an adjacent city takes two of the relevant resources. If the robber is on a hex then you do not get those resources.

Next you make take as many actions as you like from the following:

- Build a structure (road, settlement, upgrade a settlement to a city or buy a development card) using resources.
-Play one (and only one) development card.
- Trade.

This is all fairly self explanatory apart from trading. You may freely trade resources with other players or trade four of the same resource for any one other resource with the bank. If you have control of a harbour you will access cheaper trades. Trades with other players don’t have to be ‘fair’ and the value of the cards you are after must be determined by what you are trying to do and how likely you are to get the resources you need. After a player has finished their turn the next player takes theirs. Once someone achieves 10 VP the game ends and they win.

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