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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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Is it possible to lose Catan to a player with fewer points than you?

So let's say you are playing a 6-person game. You have 9 points. During Special Building Phase, you reach 11 points. However, you have not won yet because it is not your turn yet. In the meantime, ...
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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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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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Catan: when to buy development cards?

I never buy development cards in the beginning: the Knights are fairly useless, the Largest Army bonus is not a priority, and it's too risky to gamble on drawing a Road Building card. When is the ...
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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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Is there a 10 player expansion for Settlers of Catan? Where can I get it?

Somebody told me that he has an extension for Settlers of Catan that allows play with up to ten players. Who made it? Is it still sold?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 part ...
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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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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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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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Can You Buy a Catan Border That Fits? [closed]

"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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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 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 me,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

Someone told me that in catan the possessor of the largest army card can move the knight each time it is their turn. Is this a common house or tournament rule? I could find no such statement in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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?
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Is this seven or eight consecutive roads in catan? [duplicate]

If someone has roads all the way around a hex in catan (six roads), and one road on each opposite end of that hex, is that a total of seven towards the longest road or eight. In other words do both ...
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Command cards (Star Trek Catan) for vanilla Catan? [duplicate]

I played Star Trek Catan for the first time last night and really enjoyed what the command cards (Sulu, Kirk, Spock) added to the game. I would like to purchase a deck of command cards themed to ...
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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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How many times can you use a port in settlers of catan?

The instructions don't say (from what I see) and I need to know for the game.
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How to combine Risk, Catan, and Monopoly? [closed]

So my group of friends play a lot of Catan. And we recently got a version of Risk. We ended up thinking about how relationship destroying a combined version of Risk, Catan, and Monopoly would be. So ...