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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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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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Is it legal to trade 1 wood for 1 wood + 1 hay? [duplicate]

I ran into this situation. I had helped out a player by not placing the robber on them with my knight card. To sweeten the deal, she agreed to give me 1 wood + 1 hay in exchange for 1 wood. Is this ...
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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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Are the expansion number tokens in 5-6 players expansion different from the basic Catan?

I am currently in the process of creating my own custom Catan board and wish to create number tokens for both original and 5-6 players extension gameplay. I have managed to find a detailed list of the ...
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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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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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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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What is the best method to make new Settlers like tiles

I am trying to make some new Settlers tiles and would like to know what is the best method to make Settlers like tiles that are roughly the same size and thickness to standard settlers tiles with a ...
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How to determine the edition of The Settlers of Catan?

I know that there are four editions of The Settlers of Catan so far. But how do you tell which edition it is when buying? Is it written somewhere on the box? The titles for the products in online ...
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Are you able to build a settlement from a separate ship?

Let's say that I have a boat from island A, after a few turns I move boat to island B, now can I start a settlement on island B? Or do I have to make a full shipping line from Island A to Island B or ...
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Are progress cards awarded if the barbarian strength is 0?

If there are no cities on the board, barbarian strength is rated at zero. So automatically the players have tied or beaten the barbarians. Are progress cards allocated under these circumstances? If ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Where can I find new map ideas for Settlers of Catan Seafarers?

basically my group has played through all the scenarios in the book and I was wondering if anyone knows of a place to get more map layouts?? is there like a sequel book or anything? i didn't have much ...
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What real-life buildings are the Settlers of Catan Victory point cards based on?

Every version of Settlers of Catan that I've played (all US Mayfair, editions 1-4) has had a "University" victory point card that is clearly the church of Santa María del Naranco in Oviedo, Spain. Are ...
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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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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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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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Can you build a settlement anywhere if you have the resources for a settlement and a road?

In Settlers of Catan, it says you need a road to build a new settlement (placement rules apply). If you have the resources available to build both at the same time, can this settlement be played ...
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settlers of catan expansion: Can I trade with the bank during the special building phase?

Can I trade four of a kind to the bank on my special building phase?
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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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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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Settlers of Catan (Knights & Cities): Lose to barbarians attack - same amount/strengths of active knights, different amount of cities

We have 2 players (A & B), barbarians wins. Both of us have the same amount of active basic knights (1 each). Player A has 2 cities, whilst player B has 1 city. (a) Should the both players ...
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Is It Possible To Trade Before Rolling In Catan

In Settlers of Catan, are players allowed to trade before they roll, or like most actions, should it happen after?
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How many Development cards can a player play on their turn?

Is there a limit to the number of development cards one can play on their turn?
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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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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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In Catan, how do you decide which “fifth” resource to neglect?

In Catan, there are five resources: wood, brick, wheat, sheep, and ore. You get two free settlements that can access up to three resource hexes for a total of six. An "ideal" placement will ...
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In Settlers of Catan: Explorers and Pirates, who gets the gold when the pirate is paid?

In SoC: E&P, one can pay the pirate gold in order to move one's ships. Who receives that gold? The pirate owner or the bank?
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Robber in fishing version of Settlers

In the fishing addition to Settlers of Catan the robber can be removed from the board by using two fish. The question then is can a knight from the pack of Development cards be used to bring the ...
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Catan Road Eligibility for Diplomat with Knight In Between?

I recently played a game of Catan with Cities and Knights. We had a situation like the following (excuse the horrendously crude art). Where an Orange Knight (A) is breaking up some roads between two ...
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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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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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If the longest road is interrupted and therefore reduced, does the player have to surrender the longest road card? [duplicate]

I am going to split this into players A and B to simplify my question;(placement rules applied) Player A has a road which is 7 in length and has the Longest Road tile, Player B has a road which is 5 ...
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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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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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How many adjacent intersections per harbor are available for trading in Catan?

Each coastal area including a ship has three adjacent intersections. Are all three valid settlement positions for trading, or only the ones with jetties?
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How to speed up reaction time in Settlers of Catan? [duplicate]

I'm looking for ideas on how to make Settlers of Catan quicker to play between friends. Whenever I play with friends they complain that you have to stop all the time to decide what are you going to do:...
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In Settlers of Catan, is there a transition/evolution between “building” and “development” phases of the game?

By "building," I refer to those activities such as roads and settlements that are heavy on wood and brick requirements. By "development," I refer to those activities that require the other three ...
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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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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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Does a robber block maritime trading?

As the title says. If someone places the robber in one of the outer hexes which has a settlement or city that lets them do 3/2:1 trading, does the presence of robber block them from trading?
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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 ...