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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 to make Settlers of Catan quicker? [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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forgetting to place a city on the board, or to move the robber. Which fix is acceptable?

Last night I played Catan with some friends. There were two situations where we did not pay attention and did not complete our moves properly: A player paid 2 wheat + 3 rock for a city, but forgot to ...
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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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Cities produce in Traders and barbarians of Catan

In the initial setup of the Traders and barbarians expansion and scenario, we use 1 settlement and 1 city (from where the caravan head out). At this moment the city will produce only 1 resource. But ...
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Building settlements over the sea

I know that in basic version of SoC each settlement must be at least two roads away from any other settlement. In Seafarers expansions you can build ships, so my question is - does this 'roads rule' ...
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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 ...
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Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights - Rule Clarificarions

The rules of Cities and Knights state the following: "...you may not purchase any improvements beyond the third level of a given color unless you have a city where you could build a metropolis." Let'...
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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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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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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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How do fish and road building cards apply to bridges?

How many fish does it take to build a bridge? If you get a road building development/progress card how does that apply to bridges?
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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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Game of Thrones Catan: Can Othell move a road segment from an “interrupted” road chain?

PlayerA has the longest road, via a long road-chain, like this: A - - - - - A PlayerB interrupts that road-chain with a settlement, like so: A - - B - - - A PlayerA has now lost Longest Road, ...