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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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Can somebody continue a road after it has been cut off/separated from its nearest city?

I have - - - - - o (a settlement at the end of my road). Now an opponent builds -- x ---o (a settlement along my road). Can I do o - - x - - - - o (build a second settlement at the other end), or do I ...
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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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Can you collect a resource of your choice if you have no production due to the robber?

In "Cities and Knights" there is a city improvement which allows you to "collect a resource of your choice" if "you don't receive production on a turn." Does this privilege apply when the following ...
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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 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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Roll a 7, move robber AND play knight and move the robber again in the same turn

Lately while playing Catan I've been in situation of rolling a 7 and having a knight development card in my hand. Is it legal for me to move the robber due to the 7 and then play a knight and move ...
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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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When do trading deals become too unbalancing?

I've played a few games of Settlers of Catan with friends and seen some deals emerge in the trading that don't seem quite right to me. When do deals that extend beyond the current trade become ...
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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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How is gameplay improved in the Cities & Knights Expansion?

I've played both regular Settlers of Catan and the Seafarers of Catan Expansion, but I haven't yet played Cities & Knights and I’m curious about how it plays. I've noticed a lot of people speak ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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 teach strategic thinking to non-gamer players?

I have some players in my gaming group that seem to have a bit of a problem with devising their strategy. How can I help them improve? First of all, I want to clarify - I don't need gateway games ...
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Too few resource cards to distribute, but only one player receiving that resource type. Do they get the cards?

Let's set up a simple example to illustrate what I'm getting at: A player has a city bordering an ore tile, and they are the only player with a settlement bordering an ore tile. There is only 1 ore ...
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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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When is the Richest Settler evaluated?

I've run into what I believe might be an edge case for the rules of the Traders and Barbarians expansion to The Settlers of Catan. I'm hoping someone might be able to clarify (preferably with ...
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Catan and Seafarers 5-6 player expansion

I have both standard Catan and Catan Seafarer, thinking about buying the player extension to expand both games to 5-6 players. If I only buy the Seafarer's player extension, can I also use it onto my ...
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Maritime Trading both ways?

I recently played with a friend who said you can use the maritime harbor to trade 2:1 in both directions. I said this wasn't true, but couldn't disprove him in the rule book. The rules say: The ...
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Does a gold field draw a resource and commodity, when combining Seafarers and C&K?

Played Seafarers/Cities and Knights recently with someone new and they insisted that a gold field would allow a city to draw a resource and a commodity. I may have missed something, but I checked my ...
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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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In Catan, should you try to exclude others players from one resource?

In Settlers of Catan (the board game), in a game with four players, is it considered a good strategy to try to lock one (or two) other player(s) from a given resource in order to have an upper hand ...
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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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Can the extra players extension work with Seafearers or Cities and Knights?

If I have the Settlers of Catan 5-6 player extension (for the base game), does that mean I can use the Seafarers or Cities and Knights expansions with 5-6 players?
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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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In Settlers of Catan, what are ways to “hide” your strength until the end?

For instance, is accumulating cards less visible/threatening than accumulating resources, settlements or roads? Conversely, is building "basic strength" (e.g. settlements and cities) less provocative ...
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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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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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Where did the “can't build next to the robber” house rule come from?

Several people I've met play Settlers of Catan with the house rule "you may not build anything that isn't a knight next to the robber". As far as I can see, it's not in the rule book. To clarify: ...
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Settlers of Catan 15th Anniversary Edition?

I just heard about a 15th-anniversary edition of the Settlers of Catan game, and I must be blind because I can't find anything on Mayfair's site about it. So my questions are: What exactly are the ...
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Seafarers - Ships over Ports?

Quick question about seafarers. Ports are added onto the map by placing them alongside the edge of a hex. Once a port is there is it right to consider that edge as Coastal or not? i.e. Can a ship be ...
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Is there any data on most common way to get to 10 VP in Settlers of Catan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Settlers of Catan Data I sometimes track this for myself when I play online, and almost half the time when I win, I have Longest Road and either 3 Cities/2 Settlements or 2 ...
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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 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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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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In Seafarers of Catan, are there any special rules for ships or harbors in lakes?

We just played our first Seafarer's scenario (New World random setup) that contained a lake - a water hex surrounded by 6 land hexes. Our Seafarer rules booklet (1999) did not discuss any special ...
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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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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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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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What is the best version of Settlers of Catan for a group of people who have never played before?

I am trying to get our family to try out Settlers of Catan, and am wondering which version would be the easiest to begin with. I figured the original, but some sites say that some of the other ones ...
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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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Is there an official Catan FAQ that is a supplement to the included rules book?

I was wondering if Mayfair Games or Klus himself created an official FAQ for the base (or all versions) of the Settlers of Catan.
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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 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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Is “Longest Road” an overrated strategy in Settlers of Catan?

At one level, "longest road," is an "obvious" way to win the game. At another level, could it be too obvious? That is, a player clearly pursuing this strategy might stir too much fear in opponents, ...