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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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 ...
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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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Which resources are better at the start of a Catan game?

Is it better to start with Wheat and Ore in order to rapidly upgrade settlements into cities, or is it better to start with Wood and Brick to build roads?
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What is the best method to make new Settlers like tiles

I am trying to make some new Settlers tiles and would like to know what is the best method to make Settlers like tiles that are roughly the same size and thickness to standard settlers tiles with a ...
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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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Fixing warped board pieces

The pieces are usually kept in the box and not even used that much. However, I took them out the other day to play and all the hex pieces were warped. How can I fix this?
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In Settlers of Catan, what seat position is the best for odds of recieving any resource?

If you use the standard rules, where the number tokens are laid out on the board in a pattern (small letters are below the pips), which seating position has the greatest odds of receiving the most ...
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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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Largest Army in Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights

We were playing Cities and Knights at the weekend and halfway through the game realised that no one had earned the largest army card. The reason behind this was that no one knew what it was earned ...
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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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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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When I put the robber on someone in Settlers of Catan, does the resource I take HAVE to be random?

Say I have 3 ore, 2 wheat, and a wood, and player B has a wheat, a wool, and a brick. Player B puts the robber next to one of my settlements and has to take one resource at random. Player B wants to ...
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Do my own villages/cities interrupt my “longest road” in Catan?

In a monthly game night, my friend interprets the rules to say that if I have a village or city on my road, it reduces the "longest road" length. I interpret the rules as saying that my village/city ...
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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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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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With both Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, how many victory points should I play to?

I've recently gotten Cities & Knights and plan to play it with my existing Seafarers of Catan expansion once I get the hang of it. Looking through the manuals for both Seafarers of Catan and ...
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Settlers of Catan - turn completion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Take Back Turns / Forgotten Privileges I recently played and during my final turn, I placed five roads to reclaim the Longest Road. However, I quickly realized that I ...
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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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Which of the 5 resources in Settlers of Catan (base version) is most important? Why?

Experienced Settlers of Catan players know that the answer to this question will vary based on many board setup factors such as resource productivity, 2:1 ports, whether you can corner the market for ...
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What are the key strategy differences between Settlers of Catan and Seafarers?

Just starting out with Seafarers of Catan—what are the key strategy differences between Settlers of Catan and Seafarers?
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Are progress cards awarded if the barbarian strength is 0?

If there are no cities on the board, barbarian strength is rated at zero. So automatically the players have tied or beaten the barbarians. Are progress cards allocated under these circumstances? If ...
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How is gameplay improved in the Cities & Knights Expansion?

I've played both regular Settlers of Catan and the Seafarers of Catan Expansion, but I haven't yet played Cities & Knights and I’m curious about how it plays. I've noticed a lot of people speak ...
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Where can I play Carcassonne or Colonists of Catan online? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Boardgaming Online I want to play Carcassonne or Colonists (Settlers) of Catan online, either against other people, or against a computer opponent. I want to improve my ...
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What are common contracts in Catan?

Players in my Catan groups never reneg on deals, so we have a number of common contracts. For example, we often sell each other a "Not-Hit," the right to be avoided the next time the seller gets to ...
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Can You Buy a Catan Border That Fits?

"The border of the 4th edition Settlers of Catan is too small for the board hexes. To be exact, each hexagonal tile is about 79 mm wide. Five of them, end to end, form the longest stretch of land ...
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How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?

I know some people enjoy playing this way, but the other 50% of players seem to prefer a more casual game. This often stops people wanting to play at all, and so Settlers gets left on the shelf. The ...
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What is the best version of Settlers of Catan for a group of people who have never played before?

I am trying to get our family to try out Settlers of Catan, and am wondering which version would be the easiest to begin with. I figured the original, but some sites say that some of the other ones ...
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Is there any data on most common way to get to 10 VP in Settlers of Catan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Settlers of Catan Data I sometimes track this for myself when I play online, and almost half the time when I win, I have Longest Road and either 3 Cities/2 Settlements ...
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“House Rules” in Settlers of Catan [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are common contracts in Catan? The group I regularly play Settlers with has used a house rule about ports (I can trade resources for you at my port on your turn) ...
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Public knowledge in Settlers of Catan?

Settlers of Catan has a lot of public knowledge. For example, a player cannot hide how many resource cards or development cards they have. Are any of the following public knowledge? Size of the ...
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Useful Settlers of Catan calculations?

I'm trying to calculate various probabilities that would be useful for Settlers of Catan. So far I've tabulated the probability of rolling X in Y turns, the probability of rolling X before Y, and the ...
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Recording Settlers of Catan games?

When I was learning to play Go, recording and reviewing my games helped me improve rapidly. I'd like to do something similar for Settlers of Catan, but it's obviously much more difficult to record ...
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Catan : Multiple extension combination

I just bought the extension Cities and Knights (I don't know the rules very well at the moment). I already have the base game and the Seafarers of Catan. Is it possible to combine, on the same ...
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How has the composition of Catan's development card deck changed over time?

Has the number of Knight/Year of Plenty/Road Building/Victory Point/Monopoly cards in Settlers of Catan's development card deck evolved across editions, or is the latest edition the same as the first? ...
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Distribution of tokens in Standard 4 player catan?

My 4 player catan set has been mixed with my 5 & 6 player expansion set, parts have been lost, and last time I played we had 3 fields with an '8', no number '2' and a missing '10'. Would someone ...
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Settlers of Catan Data

I'd like to do some statistical analysis on Catan games, but to do that I need data. Does anyone know of a place I can find empirical data on Catan play? The stronger the players, the better. Awesome ...
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Settlers of Catan 15th Anniversary Edition?

I just heard about a 15th-anniversary edition of the Settlers of Catan game, and I must be blind because I can't find anything on Mayfair's site about it. So my questions are: What exactly are the ...
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Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?

When I play Settlers of Catan with my family we sometimes allow bribing of the person placing the robber to not place it in a particular spot. Does anyone else play this way and if so do you find ...
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Seafarers - Ships over Ports?

Quick question about seafarers. Ports are added onto the map by placing them alongside the edge of a hex. Once a port is there is it right to consider that edge as Coastal or not? i.e. Can a ship be ...