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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Promised future trades as part of legal trades? (Solution described, alternatives/comments requested)

When making a trade in Settlers of Catan, there is no official rule encouraging or prohibiting making a promise (to make a certain type of trade or perform some kind of action in the future) during a ...
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Catan starting strategies — actual data?

I'm new to Settlers of Catan, and I quickly learned the importance of having a source of Brick and Lumber at the start of the game. And some googling showed that others agree ... and others disagree. ...
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When playing the road building card, can a settlement be built between a free road and a free ship?

In Catan seafarers expansion, when playing the road building card, can a settlement be built between building a free road and building a free ship?
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Does the longest road need to have settlements/cities at endpoints?

The questions is, in the following setup: --S--S---C- where - represents roads, S settlements, C cities, is the 'longest road' at 5, or 8? I had originally thought 8, but as I read the FAQ: ...
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Settlers of Catan - What counts as longest road?

My friends and I are new to Settlers of Catan. We had a dispute over what counts as the longest road. Suppose we have a road that is 8 segments long. Between the 4th and 5th segment we have a road ...
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In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement?

In Settlers of Catan, how do you overcome bad initial settlement placement? In a lot of games of Catan I've played, initial settlement placement seems to really make or break the game for a player. ...
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How should we setup Settlers of Catan for three players?

Settlers of Catan for three players suffers slightly from too much space. I find the four player game much more enjoyable because of the tense competetion for places to settle. It seems that this ...
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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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How do you place your initial settlements in Settlers of Catan?

Initial settlement placement in Catan can really affect the outcome of the game. What strategy do you follow in Settlers of Catan for initial settlement placement. Does this strategy change if you ...
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When are good times/circumstances to build harbor settlements in Settlers of Catan?

According to this question, the opening phase is not the best time to do so, because you get too few resources. Harbors are good for trade, so I would imagine that a good time would be when one has ...
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Is it always better to play a knight immediately?

I'm fairly new to Settlers. I was playing online last night and drew a Knight card. The robber was already on a tile that had two of the game leader's cities attached. I had few resource cards at ...
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Is number diversity really important?

People often say you should go for number diversity in your initial settlements. Obviously having higher-probability numbers is good, but is 6-9-4 and 8-5-10 really better than 8-5-10 and 8-5-10? ...
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Does declaring victory end your turn?

A scenario that played out in our game of Settlers of Catan: What happens if a player falsly declares he won when he was at 9 points instead of 10? Does declaring he won end his turn? (and this is ...
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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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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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Use exactly 36 combinations instead of two dice

I like playing Settlers of Catan with one extension: "Catan: Event Cards" The deck consists of 36 dice cards to represent the 36 different combinations that can be rolled with 2 dice. This means that ...
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Seafarers: The Fog Island — discovering hexes with the Road Building Development Card

Scenario 3 of the Seafarers expansion to The Settlers of Catan is The Fog Island, in which players "discover" the hexes in the middle of the game board by building a road or ship that connects to the ...
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Settlers of Catan play takes hours

I was under the impression that the play time in Settlers of Catan was more modest than say, Risk. However it seems almost as long. This is often due to a lot of trading and talk which drags on for a ...
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Forgetting to steal in Settlers of Catan

A Knight card is unique because it can be played on your turn before the dice is rolled. We ran into an interesting scenario last night where one player played the Knight and then rolled the dice, ...
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Building settlements over the sea

I know that in basic version of SoC each settlement must be at least two roads away from any other settlement. In Seafarers expansions you can build ships, so my question is - does this 'roads rule' ...
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How many actions can you take per turn?

In Settlers of Catan can you conduct multiple transactions on your turn? You roll, collect your resource cards, and then: Can you build a road and a settlement? Can you build a road and do a trade ...
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In Catan, can I ask how many cards are in a player's hand?

While playing Catan tonight, I rolled a 7 and moved the robber. No one had more than 7 cards, but I still asked how many cards people had in their hand because I wanted to know who had the most. All ...
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In Settlers of Catan, if you have unrevealed victory point cards that would make you win, are you forced to declare victory?

If you have enough points to win on your turn, but only by including your unrevealed VP development cards, are you forced to win? E.g. I have three cities (6 VP), three settlements (3 VP), and I buy ...
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Is giving resources away for free allowed?

Motivation: I once had one surplus card on my hand, and knew the robbers would come soon. So I gave it to someone for free, to avoid losing more cards when they hit. I was surprised by how badly this ...
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Settlers of Catan cities and knights mighty knights maximum numbers

Playing Settlers of Catan there have been a few instances where one runs out of Settlements or Cities (the pieces). How I have been playing it is that if you don't have it you can't build it. However ...
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Can I place settlements on harbors in set-up?

In Settlers of Catan, when you place your initial settlements, are you allowed to place them on harbors, or can you only place them on interior spots that have 3 land hexes adjacent?
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Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?

I've gotten really into Settlers of Catan recently. There are a few people I regularly play with and these games are really fun / intense; however, when any of this group splits off to play "friendly ...
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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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Is pretending to want to trade before playing a monopoly card objectionable?

In Settlers of Catan, I sometimes try to ask people if they want to trade a certain resource, tricking them into revealing the approximate amount of that resource in everyone's hand. After this I play ...
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Counting cards in Settlers of Catan?

Since most moves in Settlers of Catan are public knowledge, one could count cards and keep track of the opponents' hands at all time. However, it seems that there are a few obstacles to doing this. ...
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How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)

The basic Settlers of Catan game is designed to work for 3-4 players (or more with 5-6 Player Extension). No 2 player variant is suggested by the rules, and for good reasons: Trades (an exciting ...
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What are some alternatives to using dice in Settlers of Catan?

In Settlers of Catan, there's a variant where instead of rolling the dice, you use a stack of 36 cards with each combination. This reduces the luck component, but has as disadvantage that you can ...
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Breaking roads in Settlers of Catan

Let's say my opponent (o) has a road network: o - - - - - o | x as x, can I: o - - -x- - o | | x ? And break his already existing road? My question is not ...
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In Catan, can players negotiate a trade when it's not their turn?

For example, it's my turn, I'm trading and I agree to make a trade with player B where I give them my only wood and they give me one brick. But then, before we exchange cards, player C interrupts and ...
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Short-version of Settlers of Catan

What are some rule changes that shorten the game, and what drawbacks do those changes have? Please limit your answers to rules changes with which you have first-hand experience!
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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 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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Settlers Of Catan - discarding cards when rolling 7

If 2 or more players have 8+ cards, do they discard their cards in some "player order" (starting from the one who threw the dice) or is it simultaneous ... is there any specific rule to that ...
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In Catan, can you continue a “circular” road?

If I have 6 roads that go all around a single hex tile, they are a continuous uninterrupted road (assuming none of my opponents interrupts it with their settlements/cities). But, can I continue this ...
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Can I buy a development card in the special building phase?

Can I buy a development card in the special building phase that occurs between player turns?
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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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What are the primary enhancements Cities and Knights and Seafarer's add on to the original Settler's of Catan?

What unique features do Cities and Knights and Seafarer's expansions add to the original game? How do they make the game more playable/interesting?
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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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How do I avoid the endless trade negotiations in Settlers of Catan?

When I play Settlers of Catan, I often find myself rapidly bored by the trading component of the game. This is normally because of one or two players who insist on endlessly protracted negotiations ...
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Catan - Mixing German base game with English extensions and expansions

Has anyone tried to use the German edition of the Settlers of Catan base game (published by Kosmos) with the English editions of expansions and extensions (published by Mayfair)? Is it possible? (How ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

I don't like that the rules assume players are honest. One time, we had a player that lied about not having the requested resource, but was caught in the next turn when he tried to buy a road with ...
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How to make Settlers of Catan quicker? [duplicate]

I'm looking for ideas on how to make Settlers of Catan quicker to play between friends. Whenever I play with friends they complain that you have to stop all the time to decide what are you going to ...
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Can I show my resource cards to other players in Settlers of Catan?

I was playing a game of Settlers of Catan the other day and one of my fellow players rolled a seven. One of the other players was trying to convince the person who rolled seven to put the robber on ...
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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? ...