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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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Catan - Discarding fish to draw more from the supply

In The Fishermen of Catan, if a player has 7 fish tokens and a roll would have them receive more, can they discard the ones they don't want to draw the new ones?
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Catan cities and knights 2 player variation [closed]

At start of player one turn ,he rolls all three dice twice. Is correct sequence roll 1st set of dice then 2nd set then resolve both event rolls then distribute resources, or , roll 1st set of dice ...
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Monopoly Development Card - before of after the dice? [duplicate]

When do you use the Monopoly development card? Before or after rolling the dice? Please explain why using the official rules.
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Seafarers of Catan fog scenario question

Scenario: I am placing my ships out into the unknown and at the end of my "road" I decide to build a settlement. When the new hex is flipped it is a water tile and now a settlement cannot be built. ...
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Activating a robber in Catan clarification

Our family is new to Catan, please help settle a rule interpretaion question. Does the player who activates the robber by rolling a 7 also fall victim to the "lose-half-your-resource-cards" penalty ...
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Game of Thrones Catan: Can Othell move a road segment from an “interrupted” road chain?

PlayerA has the longest road, via a long road-chain, like this: A - - - - - A PlayerB interrupts that road-chain with a settlement, like so: A - - B - - - A PlayerA has now lost Longest Road, ...
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Catan setup order different than playing order

When I get with my friends to play Catan (normal Settlers or Catan), we first roll the dice to decide who is going to put the settlement first. The one that got the highest number goes first, the ...
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Giving cards away in Catan [duplicate]

I’m playing Catan and my brother-in-law has 9 points with the longest road. I was sitting at 7 points and another player had a pretty long road with only 5 points. So I gave that other player brick ...
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Settlers of Catan edition?

I have a version of Settlers of Catan that I can't seem to figure out. It is a family edition, but doesn't match anything I can find online. I recently bought an expansion for the 5-6 players, but the ...
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What counts as a coastline in Catan Seafarers?

I was wondering about the coastline on islands not the main lands. Does the coastline refer to the whole island? Where it's either road or boat? Or are they separate coastlines on the same island. So ...
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Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights - Rule Clarificarions

The rules of Cities and Knights state the following: "...you may not purchase any improvements beyond the third level of a given color unless you have a city where you could build a metropolis." Let'...
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Have there been revisions to the rules of Catan?

I have been playing catan for at least 6 years, following a trip to the Netherlands where I encountered the game. For the whole time, I have played that, on a role of 7, the player cannot build or ...
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Settlers of Catan trade dynamics question

Is it ok though to offer trade never intending to do it, as a way to gauge what other player is willing to give out for a said card? And then backtrack after other player agrees to that trade? Is it ...
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Who gets the 2 bonus victory points for reaching a new island?

When expanding to an island, would the first person on the new island get 2 bonus victory points? Or does everybody get 2 bonus points if it is their first expansion on that island? If the same ...
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City was not first a settlement. How to fix?

In a recent casual game of Catan (base game), a novice player built a city and placed it on an empty intersection. No other players noticed the mistake that the intersection did not first have a ...
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What happens in Catan junior if you have to pay out a resource from your own pile to another player, but you don’t have that resource?

What happens in Catan junior if you have to pay out a resource from your own pile to another player, but you don’t have that resource? When you roll a dice and you have to give some to another ...
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Building settlements in Seafarer

Does one have to travel by sea with boats to an island in order to build a settlement? Or can you build a settlement with road or with boat on any turn?
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Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the “Commercial Harbor” Progress Card

Before explaining what happened, here's the literal text of the "Commercial Harbor" card, as a reference: Card Text: You may offer each Opponent a resource card from your hand. In exchange, each ...
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Forgetting to place a city on the board, or to move the robber. Which fix is acceptable?

Last night I played Catan with some friends. There were two situations where we did not pay attention and did not complete our moves properly: A player paid 2 wheat + 3 rock for a city, but forgot to ...
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Can I trade my own resources in exchange for another player's Settlement, City, or Road?

In Catan, can I trade my own resources to "take over" another player's Settlement, City, or Road? For example, can I offer 5 Bricks and 3 Ore to another player to have them convert one of their ...
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Can I build a settlement at an intersection two roads away from one settlement and one road away from another?

Say I have a settlement two roads away from an intersection, but have another settlement only one road away from the same intersection and no other settlements near me. Can I build a settlement at the ...
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Can a player swap more than 4 resources of the same kind with another player

In one of the games I played recently, I was finally in competition with another player, the rest of the 2 players effectively having conceded. A 3rd player who I had a rivalry with swapped 8 lumbers ...
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What happens if you roll a 7 before the barbarians reach the island?

Accordingly to these rules, when you roll a 7 before the first barbarians' arrival, you have to drop half of your deck, if you have more than 7 cards. The rules in the Italian version of the game say ...
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How to deal with a player who showed his hands to influence the robber?

As per the Catan FAQ: Resource Cards - Do I always have to keep my Resource Cards face down? Yes. With this in mind, consider this scenario that I've encountered occasionally when playing ...
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How accessible are the many German-only expansions for Catan?

The website catan.com gives a good overview of the many and varied editions and expansions for Catan available in English. However, it doesn't take long to find a slew of additional material for the ...
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Phases order in “Catan: Cities & Knights”

According game rules, each player can perform any action (building, trading, knight activation, etc.) in any order during her/his turn. Can an action type be done more than once in the same turn? ...
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If you have more than one face-down development card in Settlers of Catan, do you have to keep them distinguished?

For example, if you buy a development card on turn 5, and then another one on turn 8, do you have to keep them distinguished? When you play a card, if it was one you got more recently, it may be a ...
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When to play a Knight card

When can I play a Knight Card. For example, when it's my turn, and I already have a knight card I have not played, can I use it if I do not have the robber on one of my hexes? Or, if it's another ...
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How to handle extra settlements if a player cannot continue playing?

I had a situation at a graduation party recently where a game of Catan was setup with 5 players, using the 5-6 player expansion and the base game. However, after only one or two full rounds, one of ...
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Catan: Play any development card before rolling

In Settlers of Catan, I have always played that you can play a knight development card before your turn, which is obviously useful to get the robber off or your own hex before you roll the dice. Is ...
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Do you win a game of Catan even if you don't realize you have won? [duplicate]

If someone "wins" the game and then all players count points and a different player realizes that if they had played their victory point, they would have won, who wins? The person who declared the win ...
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Catan: Hiding Development Cards

When me and my friends normally play Catan, no one reveals the number of resource cards they are holding in their hands (which is legal according to the rulebook). Is it also legal to hide ...
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Combined Catan player+player+bank transactions

Consider the following Catan scenario: Player A has 3 wheat. Wants ore. Player B has 1 wheat + 1 ore. Wants brick. Question: Is there any official rule which would explicitly explain if the ...
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Can you built a settlement in the middle of someone else's road, or vice versa? [duplicate]

In Catan, can player one build a road around a hex, and player two build a settlement between two of player one's road sections while being connected to his own roads from the third side? If so, does ...
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Does Catan expansion edition have to match base game edition?

I have the English fourth edition 2007 base game of Settlers of Catan. Are current editions of the expansion, specifically Catan: Seafarers English edition 2015, compatible with this base set?
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In Catan, is it possible to steal from yourself with the robber?

If I move the robber in Catan to a hex where I also have an adjacent settlement or city on, can I choose to steal from myself instead of another player or if I am the only valid player?
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Mainland production numbers go to new islands (Settlers of Catan app)

When a player reaches an island by ship, the hex they "land on" gets a production number. However, if the computer has run out of new production numbers to assign, the production number for the newly-...
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Can I still trade 4:1 with the bank if I own any 3:1 or 2:1 port(s) just to get rid of more cards?

Even if I have a more favourable trade with the bank, can I still do a 4:1 trade to get rid more excess resources (e.g. to avoid the robber)?
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Victory Point Cards at the End of the Game

I had not played Catan in a long time, but I recently played in a friendly tournament and am wondering (1) if there was a rule change , (2) if the rule they used is correct, or (3) if the rule I ...
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Catan robber rules

The rules state Any player with more than 7 resource cards must chose and discard half of them. SO, does this mean that anyone with eight or more cards discard half or does it mean that anyone with 7 ...
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Settlers of Catan ended in argument, your thoughts? [duplicate]

I was playing settlers of Catan with the following players. Note all names are fictitious. Donny - Me Ned - My brother Bob - Ned's best friend Steve - Donny and Ned's dad CK - two inexperienced ...
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Catan: Cities and Knights- barbarian attack with a differential of 2

The scenario is as follows... Player a has 3 cities and 2 knights, player B has 1 city and 1 knight, and player C has 1 city and no knights. The barbarians attack and given the state of the board, ...
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What is different between regular Catan and Simply Catan?

I was recently made aware of Simply Catan, a re-implementation of Catan (formerly Settlers of Catan). I see that it is advertised as being faster, with only a 5 minute setup and 30 minute play-time. ...
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Is prompting players with alternate moves poor etiquette?

Recently we have had a number of 'explosive' games of Catan and Risk, where the game has become very heated because use of 'prompting' or 'suggesting' of moves to other players. I see this as a valid ...
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I tend to focus on one aspect of a game. How do I take the necessary balanced approach that's necessary in games like Seven Wonders?

My personality is to pick one thing, and then go all out on it. For instance, if I play Civilization, I might tons of a single unit. Or Settlers I might focus on roads. Often this negatively hurts me. ...
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Can I build several connected roads on the same turn?

If I have enough resources to build several roads, can I build them connected to each other on the same turn without any other of my settlements or roads to connect to them (excluding the first road)? ...
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I have cards to buy a road or settlement, can I buy settlement first and not place it on the board?

Of course if you have cards to buy a settlement you can buy a road, but I want to buy a settlement first in case my cards get stolen by another player. Can I buy the settlement first and not place it ...
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Settlers of Catan : “Can we build after rolling a 7”

In Settlers of Catan (base game or the 5-6 player expansion). Can we build after rolling a seven.? As per the FAQ here: http://www.catan.com/faqs/93?page=3 I know I can't trade with others and can ...
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Initial setup of settlements

According to the rules, we can place settlements only beside roads leading to it or away from it. we can place roads beside roads or settlements. During initial placement, we have the choice of ...
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In Catan, why do knights allow you to move the robber and steal? [closed]

What do knights have to do with making a robber go where you want and steal from your competition for you? Are they all corrupt knights in league with the same robber?