Three or four players (up to 6 with the extension) play against each other to create the most prestigious settlement on the island of Catan, rolling dice to collect resources to build roads, towns, cities and other advancements. (90-120 minute playtime)

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Unsporting trades in the end-game of settlers of Catan

Oftentimes in a big game of Settlers of Catan (4 or more players) it comes down to two or three players battling for the winning point and one or two players who have too few points to offer any ...
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How do you setup ports when you don't use the new “frames”

I received a new Catan Board and we attempted to setup the 5-6 player game. I realized that I had forgotten how to setup the ports, but since I had also got a new copy of the game, it didn't say how ...
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Can I special build after rolling the dice?

This is during a 6 person game of catan with the fish. I am somewhat new to the game and when I was handed the dice I rolled them. At this point, one of the other players said this player wanted to ...
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In Settlers of Catan: Explorers and Pirates, who gets the gold when the pirate is paid?

In SoC: E&P, one can pay the pirate gold in order to move one's ships. Who receives that gold? The pirate owner or the bank?
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Does a gold field draw a resource and commodity, when combining Seafarers and C&K?

Played Seafarers/Cities and Knights recently with someone new and they insisted that a gold field would allow a city to draw a resource and a commodity. I may have missed something, but I checked my ...
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Using “Rivals for Catan” extensions with “Catan Card Game”

I have the Catan Card Game and I was wondering if anybody has had any success playing extensions designed for The Rivals for Catan game with it (perhaps with modifications to the rules/cards used). I ...
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How to teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?

I have some players in my gaming group that seem to have a bit of a problem with devising their strategy. How can I help them improve? First of all, I want to clarify - I dont need gateway games ...
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For a given development strategy, how do you ensure enough secondary resources?

This question could be asked for just about any strategy, but to make it "not broad," I'll specify my strategy. Suppose I was planning to follow a development strategy. After placing my initial two ...
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Best game for two couples, median age 20? [closed]

I'm looking for some nonstandard board games that don't take more than two hours to complete and don't take less than thirty minutes. By nonstandard I mean other than monopoly, risk and cluedo. I've ...
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In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”

Here's the kind of sequence I'm talking about. You finished your last turn with eight victory points (VP)s. Between then and your current turn, one opponent interrupted another opponent's longest ...
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In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?

By "building," I refer to those activities such as roads and settlements that are heavy on wood and brick requirements. By "development," I refer to those activities that require the other three ...
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Cities and Knights: Lose to a barbarian attack, but no settlements.

The barbarians come, and the player with the least amount of active knights has a city and 5 settlements on the board. What happens? The city would normally get knocked down to a settlement, but all ...
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If the longest road is interrupted and therefore reduced, does the player have to surrender the longest road card? [duplicate]

I am going to split this into players A and B to simplify my question;(placement rules applied) Player A has a road which is 7 in length and has the Longest Road tile, Player B has a road which is 5 ...
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Can you build a settlement anywhere if you have the resources for a settlement and a road?

In Settlers of Catan, it says you need a road to build a new settlement (placement rules apply). If you have the resources available to build both at the same time, can this settlement be played ...
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Has anyone made regular-themed version of the Star Trek Catan role cards?

I see that "Star Trek" catan has some extra role cards, which add a new element to the game (and are the only things that do). I'd like to try these, but I don't really like the "Star Trek" theme, ...
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Too few resource cards to distribute, but only one player receiving that resource type. Do they get the cards?

Let's set up a simple example to illustrate what I'm getting at: A player has a city bordering an ore tile, and they are the only player with a settlement bordering an ore tile. There is only 1 ore ...
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Cities and Knights: Played to virtual deadlock

Recently I have been playing cities and knights with fish and harbor master. Victory points needed to win is 15. The last two times we have played we have basically played to a deadlock. No one ...
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Settlers Cities and Knights + Fish: Cost of a commodity

When using fish, the card states that 4 fish are used to buy a resource. What is the cost, in fish, of a commodity?
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How do fish and road building cards apply to bridges?

How many fish does it take to build a bridge? If you get a road building development/progress card how does that apply to bridges?
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Is the Road Building Development card applicable for ships in Catan Seafarers?

In the Seafarer's Expansion for Settlers of Catan, is the Road Building Development card applicable for ships?
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When a 7 is rolled, are the cards discarded randomly?

When a 7 is rolled, and a person has more than 7 cards, do the cards get discarded randomly or does the card holder get to pick which one(s) to discard?
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Is a robber laid a robber played?

My wife and I were playing Settlers of Catan and she moved the robber onto one of the numbers where only my settlement was. She took her hand off of the robber and told me to spread my cards. I was ...
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Can you collect a resource of your choice if you have no production due to the robber?

In "Cities and Knights" there is a city improvement which allows you to "collect a resource of your choice" if "you don't receive production on a turn." Does this privilege apply when the following ...
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Can somebody continue a road after it has been cut off/separated from its nearest city?

I have - - - - - o (a settlement at the end of my road). Now an opponent builds -- x ---o (a settlement along my road). Can I do o - - x - - - - o (build a second settlement at the other end), or do ...
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How big is the Settlers of Catan board?

I'm considering buying a small table, and I want to be sure it'll support all the games I might want to play on it. Sadly, however, I don't have access to Settlers and all its expansion right now. An ...
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Playing Settlers of Catan with a D12 instead of 2D6

Has anyone tried this? Does it break the game? Does it make it easier/quicker? Assuming a 1 gave no resources to anyone and a 7 still invoked the robber how different a game would this make Settlers? ...
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When should you not place the robber to do the most damage in Settlers of Catan?

If you have the robber and are playing against the field, you might want to place it where it can do the most damage. But my understanding is that sometimes the better use is to "sic" the robber on ...
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Can the extra players extension work with Seafearers or Cities and Knights?

If I have the Settlers of Catan 5-6 player extension (for the base game), does that mean I can use the Seafarers or Cities and Knights expansions with 5-6 players?
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Where can I purchase extra wood pieces for Settlers of Catan?

I have two full sets of Settlers of Catan plus one 5-6 player expansion pack. Originally the second set was bought to replace the older one, which was missing a few pieces and cards. However, the ...
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Where can I find good tile layouts for Settlers of Catan?

I just bought a copy of Settlers, and noticed that there was a suggested starting layout that is included in the Almanac. I noticed it was mentioned online as well: "new editions of the game also ...
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Is there any economical game which demonstrates social-democratic economy rather than capitalism?

As much as I enjoy games like Monopoly or Settelers of Catan, I'm very concerned about the way these games affect players' concept of economy, as they demonstrate extremly capitalistic economical ...
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Avoiding stealing a resource when moving the robber in Catan

Is it allowed to move the robber, but not take a random resource from another player? Avoiding stealing a resource may sound odd. One reason you might want to: you need to play a soldier card to move ...
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Are there any alternative rules for Settles of Catan to rely less on luck?

Are there any rules to reduce the luck component is Settlers of Catan? I know there is one stated here, but I didn't understand this. How does this work? Are there any others?
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How to determine the edition of The Settlers of Catan?

I know that there are four editions of The Settlers of Catan so far. But how do you tell which edition it is when buying? Is it written somewhere on the box? The titles for the products in online ...
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In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?

For instance, is accumulating cards less visible/threatening than accumulating resources, settlements or roads? Conversely, is building "basic strength" (e.g. settlements and cities) less provocative ...
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Is “Longest Road” an overrated strategy in Settlers of Catan?

At one level, "longest road," is an "obvious" way to win the game. At another level, could it be too obvious? That is, a player clearly pursuing this strategy might stir too much fear in opponents, ...
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In Settlers of Catan (like Diplomacy), is the secret to winning avoiding “peaking too soon?”

In a two person game, one should try to make the "best moves." (If your opponent doesn't, you'll crush him unless the dice or other luck factors go very much against you.) That's not always true in a ...
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What can I do to avoid being stuck being able to do nothing in Settlers of Catan?

My friends and I play a fair amount of Settlers of Catan (normally with 3-4 players). Sometimes I do well and sometimes I do badly; however, the most infuriating games are those where I'm unable to ...
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Robber in fishing version of Settlers

In the fishing addition to Settlers of Catan the robber can be removed from the board by using two fish. The question then is can a knight from the pack of Development cards be used to bring the ...
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Where can I find a spanish language copy of the rules of Settlers of Catan.

I have found a link from a 2008 blog, but this fails now
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Can an interrupting settlement allow opponents to move previously unmovable ships?

Take a look at the following setup: Given this board state, can blue move any of his ships? He was previously unable to, then white built the circled settlement, breaking blue's trade route. The ...
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Where can I find a printer friendly version of the settlers of catan rulebook?

My copy of Settlers of Catan has been missing the rule book for a while. The Catan official site has the rule book available for download, but since it contains a lot of block backgrounds, it's not ...
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Roll a 7, move robber AND play knight and move the robber again in the same turn

Lately while playing Catan I've been in situation of rolling a 7 and having a knight development card in my hand. Is it legal for me to move the robber due to the 7 and then play a knight and move ...
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In Catan, can you put the robber on the desert?

In Settlers of Catan, we've always played that you cannot put the robber back in the desert. But watching tabletop this week, they did exactly that, and in the youtube comments people have said that ...
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Can you build a road on the other side of another player's settlement?

Player A: Wants to expand to resource-rich area of board. they builds two roads and plans to build a settlement, and continue their road to the resource-rich area. Player B: Also wants same location ...
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Which tournament format best emphasizes winning (as opposed to avoiding last place)?

I've played enough Settlers that I think I could do well in a tournament. However, a cursory glance at upcoming tournaments suggests that most Settlers tournaments use a Swiss scoring system that ...
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What is optimal robber placement in Settlers?

Every time I think I've mastered Settlers, I discover yet another novel tactic or strategy. This time it's Robber placement. I've usually selected robber placement based on a combination of factors, ...
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Where did the “can't build next to the robber” house rule come from?

Several people I've met play Settlers of Catan with the house rule "you may not build anything that isn't a knight next to the robber". As far as I can see, it's not in the rule book. To clarify: ...
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What is optimal end play in Settlers?

Part of what makes Settlers of Catan both balanced and exciting are two sets of slow-the-leader rules: The robber and trade embargoes. While this means you have a chance to win even after a slow start ...
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In Seafarers of Catan, are there any special rules for ships or harbors in lakes?

We just played our first Seafarer's scenario (New World random setup) that contained a lake - a water hex surrounded by 6 land hexes. Our Seafarer rules booklet (1999) did not discuss any special ...