Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan is a board game designed by Klaus Teuber. It was first published in 1995 in Germany, where board games enjoy especially great popularity. It has sold over 15 million games and been translated into thirty languages from the original German. The players in the game represent settlers establishing colonies on the fictional island of Catan. Players build settlements, cities, and roads to connect them as they develop the island.

The game board representing the island is composed of hexagonal tiles (hexes) of different land types which are laid at the beginning of each game either randomly or according to an agreed upon layout. Players build by spending resources (brick, lumber, wool, grain, and ore), represented by resource cards; each land type, with the exception of the unproductive desert, produces a specific resource.

The hexes are numbered 1-12, and players take turns rolling dice to determine which hexes produce resources. Any players with settlements or cities adjacent to hexes marked with the number rolled receive resource cards of the corresponding type. There is also a robber token on the board; if a player rolls 7, they move the robber to any hex, which will no longer produce resources until the robber is moved again.

Players are allowed to trade resource cards among each other, and may also trade with the bank at a ratio of four of one resource for one of any other. By building settlements in certain spots on the edge of the board (ports), players may trade with the bank at more favorable three-to-one or two-to-one ratios.

Players score one point for each settlement built, and a second for each settlement upgraded to a city. Various other achievements, such as establishing the longest road and largest armies, grant a player additional victory points. The goal of the game is to score ten victory points on one’s turn.

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