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 after the said player laid down his cards and left the table)

I ask this because after we told him he didn't win, the player was able to play two resource cards to make a road and then have sufficient points. However, if declaring your win ends your turn, does it not leave the possiblity of at least one more round and the other players to play for the win?


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The offical rules (bottom of page 5) state:


If you have 10 or more victory points during your turn the game ends and you are the winner!

Interpreted literally, this is a state of the game, not an action - if at any point during your turn, you have 10 or more victory points, you win, independent of what you say or do. "Declaring victory" is not something which is covered in the rules, so it can't end your turn. However, this literal interpretation of the rules leads to an obvious problem if somebody does have 10 victory points on their turn but doesn't declare victory - are they still the winner?

As such, this is going to depend on the context you're playing in - in any of my gaming groups, we'd give the person claiming victory a ribbing for not being able to count to 10 and let them continue their turn - but that's a decision for your group to make, not one the rules are going to make for you; you can't expect the rules to cover every mistake a player can possibly make. If you're in a more formal context like a tournament, this is the time to call the referee over to your table - that's what they're there for.

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    "if somebody does have 10 victory points on their turn but doesn't declare victory - are they still the winner?" Yes! The faq makes this very clear. catan.com/faq/…
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 5:29
  • I'm pretty sure the 1st edition rules said you had to declare victory on your turn to win, but I'm going from memory. I have seen tournament scoring schemes where delaying winning to have more VP would be worth considering.
    – xorsyst
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 11:27

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