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# Questions tagged [catan]

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 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 ...
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### In Catan, when a settlement breaks a road. Do the other existing roads sit there? or are they removed?

Recently, I came upon an odd rule that states that a town/city placed in between two enemy roads "displaces" the enemy roads, now let's say there is a large stretch of road with only one town ...
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### Catan : how to play with extension 5-6 players when we are less than 5?

I bought the game with the 5-6 player extensions : If I want to play at 3 or 4 players, do I have to remove additional elements of the game ? or is it common to play at 3 or 4 players for a game ...
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### What are the requirements to build a city?

In order to build a city you must have a settlement to upgrade, and enough resource for the upgrade. However, are there any other requirements like having at least 3 settlements?
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### Where can I purchase extra wood pieces for Settlers of Catan?

I have two full sets of Settlers of Catan plus one 5-6 player expansion pack. Originally the second set was bought to replace the older one, which was missing a few pieces and cards. However, the ...
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### Catan Pirates Starting Phase Question

When each player is placing their initial Harbor and settlement, does the first player place BOTH their Harbor and settlement immediately or does the first player place only their Harbor then it's the ...
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### Can you collect resources from a roll if you move the robber after rolling?

If we are playing catan and the robber is on an 8 and an 8 is rolled, but someone plays a knight card and the robber is moved..... Can that player then collect resources because the 8 was opened on ...
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### How do you set up ports when you don't use the new “frames”

I received a new Catan Board and we attempted to setup the 5-6 player game. I realized that I had forgotten how to setup the ports, but since I had also got a new copy of the game, it didn't say how ...
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### Do players have to discard when a Knight card is played?

In Settlers of Catan, when a player plays a Knight card ("Solider" card in older editions), do players with 8 cards or more in their hand have to forfeit half their hand to the bank? This is causing ...
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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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### Can I build a settlement if I don't have the building piece for it?

Each player has 5 settlement tokens in hand at the beginning of the game. After placing the 5th settlement, considering I have not built a single city, can I build a 6th settlement?
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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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### Can there be two winners at the same time in Catan?

Imagine the following setup: Player A has 6 points, including the Longest Road. Player B has 8 points with an equally long road. Player C has 9 points with a shorter road. Now what would happen if ...
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### Can I trade a resource for a development card?

Is it legal to trade resources for development cards another player is holding in hand?
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### Is it possible to combine the Jungle variant tile with Cities & Knights?

The Jungle Variant involves a jungle hex that produces "Discovery Tokens" which can be used toward purchasing Development Cards. Obviously, Cities & Knights has no Development Cards to purchase. ...
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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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### Who would get the longest road?

Imagine the following setup. There are 3 (or more) players with an equally long road. What would happen if the longest road was broken? How is it decided who obtains the longest road from there on?
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### Can a 4-length road ever be Longest Road in Settlers of Catan?

Suppose I have an 8-length road and Longest Road, but later someone splits my road in half with a settlement, leaving me two 4-length roads. Assuming no one else has a longer road than me, do I lose ...
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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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### Settlers of Catan Cities and knights - Knights VS Barbarians

From the official introduction video of Settlers of Catan Cities & Knights, it mentioned that if barbarians value is "equal" or less than the knights value, catan wins. If there's a tie, each one ...
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### Useful Settlers of Catan calculations? [closed]

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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### 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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### What are the rules updates for Catan in the 5th edition? Are there any?

Page 6 of the new Seafarers rulebook states: "A general note on Catan rules. This is the 5th English-language edition of Catan Seafarers. Over the years, the rules have been clarified, refined, and ...
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### Can I use Settlers of Catan (older edition) with Catan: Explorers and Pirates (2015 ed.)?

I have an older version of The Settlers of Catan (part number 483), and an older version of The Cities and Knights of Catan (part number 494), which were purchased sometime around the late 1990s. I ...
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### Does the Pirate stop fish production when playing Seafarers with Fishermen of Catan?

I know that the Robber can be placed upon the Lake hex in a normal "Fishermen of Catan" game. (see here) But when you combine it with Seafarers, does anyone know the official answer for either of ...
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### Are there good two player rules for resource trading in Settlers of Catan?

I've tried playing two-player Settlers, where each player controls one set of pieces, and each time a player builds they need to play a piece of the same type for one of the two uncontrolled colors (...
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### Is “refund with discount” a valid move on Catan?

On her move, Alice trades with Bob: Alice gives 2 wheat, Bob gives 1 sheep. Then Alice does her calculations again and decides it was a wrong move. She wants to trade her sheep back for one wheat, ...
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### When can you start using the Pirate in Catan Cities and Knights / Seafarers?

In C&K rules, the robber cannot be moved at all until the first Barbarian Attack. When playing C&K combined with Seafarers, does this also apply to the pirate? It would make a lot of sense to ...
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### Is it possible for a person to lose “Pirate Islands” Seafarers scenario before the game even starts?

So here's where my question stems from: In the Pirate Islands scenario, each player starts with 3 settlements on the Eastern Island. A player only wins if: a) he has captured the Pirate fortress of ...
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### Playing Catan for the first time, what should I know?

Tonight I'm going to play Settlers of Catan for the first time. The thing is that I will play with very expérienced players and they strongly recommended me to gather the more information I could in ...
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### What algorithm does Better Settlers use?

I have been using Better Settlers and found that it sets boards that have even probabilities. I would like to understand the algorithm used to generate the board layout, and how it achieves a "fair" ...
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### What do the colors mean on Better Settlers?

Answers to this question about tile layouts for Catan suggests Better Settlers. When I open Better Settlers, the page shows a board setup for Catan. What do the colors in the setup stand for? My ...
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### Where can I find out-of-print Catan geographies?

Anyone have any ideas? I see a bunch on the Catan shop, but only a select few are actually for sale. http://www.catan.com/board-games/settlers-catan/variants-and-scenarios/regional-editions I've ...
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### Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan? [closed]

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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### What is the largest number of Settlers expansions that can be combined in one game?

I recently obtained the Traders and Barbarians expansion for Settlers and in the rules for each sub-expansion there was a little addendum about possible combinations with other sub expansions. But ...
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### Settlers of Catan: Building Roads 'Through' Settlements [duplicate]

I think that this idea is a bit ridiculous but my friend insists that: because of ambiguity in the rules, it is perfectly legitimate to build roads 'through' settlements. In case 'through' is unclear, ...
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### Settlers Of Catan 5-6 Expansion [closed]

If I purchase the Settlers of Catan 5-6 Expansion, is there a playable version of the game for only 4 people?
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### Can Road Building Progress Card be played with only 1 road remaining?

Let's say that I have already placed 14 roads and have the Road Building Progress Card. Am I able to play it and place my single road, or must I be able to play 2? Here's the full description in the ...
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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: The ...
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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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### 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? I'...