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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 “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, ...
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Largest Army in Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights

We were playing Cities and Knights at the weekend and halfway through the game realised that no one had earned the largest army card. The reason behind this was that no one knew what it was earned ...
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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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Are there any alternative rules for Settles of Catan to rely less on luck?

Are there any rules to reduce the luck component is Settlers of Catan? I know there is one stated here, but I didn't understand this. How does this work? Are there any others?
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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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Why should a player reveal his victory points if someone else wins?

In the base Catan rule book it says 'keep victory points cards hidden until you have 10 points in your turn and you can declare victory. (You should also reveal them if someone else wins.) Why should ...
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Fixing warped board pieces

The pieces are usually kept in the box and not even used that much. However, I took them out the other day to play and all the hex pieces were warped. How can I fix this?
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What are the primary enhancements Cities and Knights and Seafarer's add on to the original Settler's of Catan?

What unique features do Cities and Knights and Seafarer's expansions add to the original game? How do they make the game more playable/interesting?
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Can I special build after rolling the dice?

This is during a 6 person game of catan with the fish. I am somewhat new to the game and when I was handed the dice I rolled them. At this point, one of the other players said this player wanted to ...
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In Catan, can players negotiate a trade when it's not their turn?

For example, it's my turn, I'm trading and I agree to make a trade with player B where I give them my only wood and they give me one brick. But then, before we exchange cards, player C interrupts and ...
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How big is the Settlers of Catan board?

I'm considering buying a small table, and I want to be sure it'll support all the games I might want to play on it. Sadly, however, I don't have access to Settlers and all its expansion right now. An ...
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When is there no going back on a trade?

In Settlers of Catan, what are the precise rules for when a trade is completed and there is no going back? For example, if player 1 asks if anyone is looking to trade a resource for another resource ...
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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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How many actions can you take per turn?

In Settlers of Catan can you conduct multiple transactions on your turn? You roll, collect your resource cards, and then: Can you build a road and a settlement? Can you build a road and do a trade ...
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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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What is the highest achievable score in Catan

The game ends as soon as you get 10 or more points, so even if you can build multiple things, the one that gets you to 10 is it. I'm fairly certain that the highest score possible in Catan is 12 ...
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Does declaring victory end your turn?

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 ...
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In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”

Here's the kind of sequence I'm talking about. You finished your last turn with eight victory points (VP)s. Between then and your current turn, one opponent interrupted another opponent's longest road,...
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With both Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, how many victory points should I play to?

I've recently gotten Cities & Knights and plan to play it with my existing Seafarers of Catan expansion once I get the hang of it. Looking through the manuals for both Seafarers of Catan and ...
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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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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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In Settlers of Catan (like Diplomacy), is the secret to winning avoiding “peaking too soon?”

In a two person game, one should try to make the "best moves." (If your opponent doesn't, you'll crush him unless the dice or other luck factors go very much against you.) That's not always true in a ...
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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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Can I place settlements on harbors in set-up?

In Settlers of Catan, when you place your initial settlements, are you allowed to place them on harbors, or can you only place them on interior spots that have 3 land hexes adjacent?
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How to easily differentiate Catan expansion pieces?

The only thing holding me back from playing Settlers with BOTH the Traders and Barbarians set and the Seafarers set at once is the thought of sorting the pieces out at the end and getting everything ...
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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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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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How many cards should be collected using the Mining Progress card?

The Cities and Knights expansion to Settlers of Catan has two cards that have caused us a bit of disagreement. Take the Mining Progress card for example. It says "...collect two ore for each ...
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How is Settlers of Catan different when playing with the 5-6 player expansion?

I've read a few reviews, and these are the things I've picked up: game will be longer. This is totally fine and normal, but I'm curious, what's the average time increase? Ports are a little less ...
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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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When a 7 is rolled, are the cards discarded randomly?

When a 7 is rolled, and a person has more than 7 cards, do the cards get discarded randomly or does the card holder get to pick which one(s) to discard?
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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 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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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 Settlers of Catan, what seat position is the best for odds of recieving any resource?

If you use the standard rules, where the number tokens are laid out on the board in a pattern (small letters are below the pips), which seating position has the greatest odds of receiving the most ...
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Forgetting to steal in Settlers of Catan

A Knight card is unique because it can be played on your turn before the dice is rolled. We ran into an interesting scenario last night where one player played the Knight and then rolled the dice, ...
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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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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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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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Has anyone made regular-themed version of the Star Trek Catan role cards?

I see that "Star Trek" catan has some extra role cards, which add a new element to the game (and are the only things that do). I'd like to try these, but I don't really like the "Star Trek" theme, ...
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Where can I find a printer friendly version of the settlers of catan rulebook?

My copy of Settlers of Catan has been missing the rule book for a while. The Catan official site has the rule book available for download, but since it contains a lot of block backgrounds, it's not ...
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When should you not place the robber to do the most damage in Settlers of Catan?

If you have the robber and are playing against the field, you might want to place it where it can do the most damage. But my understanding is that sometimes the better use is to "sic" the robber on ...
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How to make Settlers of Catan less cut-throat?

I know some people enjoy playing this way, but the other 50% of players seem to prefer a more casual game. This often stops people wanting to play at all, and so Settlers gets left on the shelf. The ...
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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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Is the Road Building Development card applicable for ships in Catan Seafarers?

In the Seafarer's Expansion for Settlers of Catan, is the Road Building Development card applicable for ships?
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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 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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Seafarers: The Fog Island — discovering hexes with the Road Building Development Card

Scenario 3 of the Seafarers expansion to The Settlers of Catan is The Fog Island, in which players "discover" the hexes in the middle of the game board by building a road or ship that connects to the ...
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Cities and Knights: Played to virtual deadlock

Recently I have been playing cities and knights with fish and harbor master. Victory points needed to win is 15. The last two times we have played we have basically played to a deadlock. No one ...
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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 ...