The Settlers of Catan

by Mayfair Games

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  • Players: 3-4, Time To Play: 90 Minutes
  • Dimensions: 9.25" H x 11.5" W x 3" D, Ship Weight: 2.098 pounds
  • The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps advanced players on their toes
  • The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them
    to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little
    different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above
    engaged for up to 90 minutes.

    The game map changes every time for an endless variety of play. View larger.

    Settlers of Catan engages both children and adults, garnering best-seller status in both Germany and the US. View

    What We Think

    Fun Factor:


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    The Good: Engaging strategy game that's different each time you play

    The Bad: Requires three or four players

    In a Nutshell: The Settlers of Catan is fun, easy to learn, and keeps advanced players on their toes

    At a Glance

    Ages: 10 and up
    Requires: Three or four players

    On the Road to Settlement
    The game rules and almanac booklet sets out four pages of guidelines for getting started. Don't worry, the rules are
    straightforward and the four pages include plenty of illustrations. There's a starting map that shows a well-balanced
    set-up for beginners to follow and directions that allow more advanced players to lay out the map of the island at
    random. You'll have to pop the die-cut components of the game out of their cardboard holders before you play your first
    game. The almanac portion of the booklet is laid out alphabetically, so while playing you can find answers to specific
    questions quickly. Useful entries remind you exactly what role pieces like the robber play, how actions like maritime
    trade work, and how to set up the board or finish the game.

    Exploring and Developing Catan
    The board consists of 19 terrain hexes surrounded by the ocean. Each type of terrain produces a different type of
    resource: brick, wool, ore, grain or lumber. There's also a desert hex that produces no resources. As the game
    progresses, players use resources to build roads along the edges of these hexes and settlements or cities on the
    intersections where three hexes meet. Each player begins the game with two settlements and two roads.

    Each player's roll of the dice causes certain hexes to produce resources, which you collect if you have a settlement
    on one of them. On your turn, you'll use various combinations of the resources you've acquired to build new roads and
    settlements, upgrade settlements to cities, or purchase development cards. The ability to trade resources with other
    players adds a new level of strategy and ensures that the game includes lots of interaction between players. You can
    also trade without worrying about other players using an unfavorable maritime trade rate. Elements including a robber
    piece that lets you steal from other players and a variety of development cards add intrigue to the game.

    The objective of The Settlers of Catan is to be the first one who collects 10 victory points. Each settlement is worth
    one victory point and each city is worth two victory points. You can also earn victory points by holding the "Longest
    Road" card, the "Largest Army" card, or special victory point development cards.

    Best-Selling Game of the Year
    It's easy to see why The Settlers of Catan has been recognized as a best-selling Game of the Year in both Germany and
    the U. S. We found this game to be fun and engaging for both children and adults, and the variable nature of the playing
    field really made us want to play again and again. When we started pausing to contemplate our opponents' strategy and
    factoring the probability of different dice rolls into our moves, the game sometimes took longer than expected, but we
    were so engrossed we didn't even notice until it was all over.

    Due to the widespread popularity of the original game, several expansion sets (sold separately) are available that
    allow you to explore new aspects of the game or add more players. The only downside to this game is that you need to
    have either three or four players to play, so it's great that expansion sets are available that will allow you to add

    What's in the Box
    Six sea frame pieces, 19 terrain hexes, nine harbor pieces, 18 circular number tokens, 126 game cards, 16 cities, 20
    settlements, 60 roads, two dice, a robber and a rules and almanac booklet.


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