Hot answers tagged

48 votes

Is prompting players with alternate moves poor etiquette?

This isn't really an ethics question, it's more that you and Player 2 haven't agreed on which game you're playing. You want to play a game that involves loose alliances and table talk. Player 2 wants ...
xorsyst's user avatar
  • 2,032
45 votes

How to track turn-taking in Catan

Use the dice themselves as a reminder of whose turn it is. This avoids the need for any extra tokens or start player marker. If players roll them in front of themselves and then they physically pass ...
StartPlayer's user avatar
  • 10.6k
37 votes

Are "three way" trades allowed in Catan?

No (or yes, depending on how you define a single trade). The person whose turn it is can trade. Each trade is with that person and one other person. If you can accomplish what you need in a series of ...
L. Scott Johnson's user avatar
33 votes
Accepted

Catan: Hiding Development Cards

You can NOT hide the number of resource cards that are in your hand, so the premise in your question is incorrect. From the rules, page 8, under Knight Cards: However, you can always ask players ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
  • 74.8k
31 votes
Accepted

Can I still trade 4:1 with the bank if I own any 3:1 or 2:1 port(s) just to get rid of more cards?

Based on my read of the rules, specifically the section in the Almanac on Maritime Trade, I don't see any reason why you couldn't trade at the 4:1 rate even when you have a better rate available. I ...
Ben's user avatar
  • 992
26 votes

Activating a robber in Catan clarification

a) Rolling a “7”✹ and Activating the Robber If you roll a “7,” no one receives any resources. Instead, every player who has more than 7 Resource Cards must select half (rounded down) of his ...
Acccumulation's user avatar
24 votes
Accepted

Can both starting roads be placed on the same settlement?

From the official game rules, under "Set-Up Phase": The starting player places a settlement on an unoccupied intersection of their choice, then places a road adjacent to this settlement. ...
user16330's user avatar
  • 256
24 votes
Accepted

Is it legal to make trade deals before using a monopoly card?

This is a perfectly legal, and quite common tactic. The Monopoly card has no play restrictions other than the typical "once per turn, not on the turn you got it" Dev card restrictions. It affects all ...
Arcanist Lupus's user avatar
21 votes
Accepted

Settlers of Catan: does the "knight card steal" have to be random?

The steal itself must be random, but you can easily "fix" this by doing a trade afterwards. From the rules: (2) Then you steal 1 (random) resource card from an opponent who has a settlement ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
  • 74.8k
20 votes
Accepted

Is it legal to trade 1 wood for 1 wood + 1 hay?

I would argue the rules say this is not legal. Quoting from rules found on Catan Website However, you cannot give away cards, or trade matching resources (“trade” 3 ore for 1 ore, for example). ...
StartPlayer's user avatar
  • 10.6k
19 votes
Accepted

Combined Catan player+player+bank transactions

No, this is not legal as written. This is really a series of three separate trades (one of them being with the bank), and two of them are giving a resource for free, which is forbidden by the rules. ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
  • 74.8k
19 votes
Accepted

Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the "Commercial Harbor" Progress Card

In a tournament, player D may get away with it; but he definitely wouldn’t at my house, or during any games I’ve played with friends. In a game that involves open negotiation and trade, intent is an ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
  • 74.8k
18 votes

I have cards to buy a road or settlement, can I buy settlement first and not place it on the board?

No, you may not. As per the rulebook, under "Build" (on page 4) it says: Take the appropriate number of roads, settlements, and/or cities from your supply and place them on the game board. An ...
Duncan's user avatar
  • 590
18 votes
Accepted

Can you 4:1 trade with the bank if you don't own any shoreside settlements?

From the Rules and Almanac download: MARITIME TRADE On your turn, you can trade resources using maritime trade during the trade phase even without involving another player. The most basic (and ...
James Risner's user avatar
17 votes
Accepted

Can the owner of the largest army move the robber every turn?

This is not an official rule; that is why you didn't find it in the rule book. The reason this isn't a rule is because it would detrimental to the game experience. The player with the 'largest army' ...
Drunk Cynic's user avatar
  • 3,906
17 votes

Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the "Commercial Harbor" Progress Card

TL;DR I agree with player D's interpretation, but it's not clearly enough worded to be enforceable without prior agreement from other players. In a casual setting I would have agreed the ...
AndyT's user avatar
  • 1,258
16 votes

Do players have to discard when a Knight card is played?

No, you don't lose half your hand if a knight card is played. The rules for 'rolling a 7 and activating the Robber' state every player who was more than 7 Resource Cards must select half (rounded ...
StartPlayer's user avatar
  • 10.6k
16 votes
Accepted

What is the highest achievable score in Catan

The game ends when you reach 10 points on your turn, so if you are playing with 5 or 6 players you could easily get high then 10 on the special build phases so it would be closer to the maximum number ...
Styxsksu's user avatar
  • 1,217
16 votes

Can I build a settlement on a "broken" road?

yes From the rules: You may only build a settlement at an intersection if all 3 of the adjacent intersections are vacant. Each of your settles must connect to at least one of your roads. If you don'...
StartPlayer's user avatar
  • 10.6k
15 votes
Accepted

When is there no going back on a trade?

Trading The type of rule you are asking for is similar to the Chess rule that says... Once the hand is taken off a piece after moving it, the move cannot be retracted (unless the move is illegal)."...
Rainbolt's user avatar
  • 13.8k
15 votes

Settlers of Catan : "Can we build after rolling a 7"

To quote the FAQ: Q: After rolling a “7,” can I still trade with another player or blackmail him before moving the robber? A: Trading: No. (...) This is to prevent players from using a trade to save ...
freekvd's user avatar
  • 4,565
15 votes

Is prompting players with alternate moves poor etiquette?

There can't be definitive answer to this question, as ethics generally doesn't provide hard guidelines. But I can suggest several points to consider: Think about Player 3 first in isolation from "you ...
Deo's user avatar
  • 3,236
15 votes

Catan: Play any development card before rolling

You can play a development card at anytime on your turn. From the Catan Rules p. 7: You can play the [development] card at any time, even before you roll the dice. You may not, however, play a ...
diego's user avatar
  • 20.3k
15 votes

Can I build a settlement at an intersection two roads away from one settlement and one road away from another?

No, it is not possible As best I can tell, this is the situation you are describing: The 5th Edition rules say this about settlements: Take special note of the “Distance Rule”: you may only build ...
Thunderforge's user avatar
  • 8,570
15 votes

In Catan, if you roll a seven and move the robber, do you actually have to rob someone?

From the game rules You must move the robber immediately to the number token of any other terrain hex or to the desert hex. The keyword here being any. So yes, you can move it to tiles without ...
jpthesolver2's user avatar
14 votes

Can you collect resources from a roll if you move the robber after rolling?

By the time you roll, it's too late. You can play the card before rolling, in order to move the robber and hope for the best. But when you roll the die, you immediately dole out the appropriate ...
Cascabel's user avatar
  • 26.9k
14 votes
Accepted

In Catan, is it possible to steal from yourself with the robber?

No, you may not. According to the official rules on the website: (1) You must move the robber immediately to the number token of any other terrain hex or to the desert hex. (2) Then you steal 1 (...
hexparrot's user avatar
  • 1,174
14 votes

How to track turn-taking in Catan

In addition to what the others said I would suggest slowing down the pace of play. It doesn't matter if you have a tracker to keep track of who rolled and what they got, using a token to indicate the ...
Joe W's user avatar
  • 14k
14 votes
Accepted

Is it legal to continue building a route after it has been cut off by an opponent's settlement?

Yes. The rules state that that you must build connected to your own buildings/roads, which you still are in the situation in question. From the rules: A new road must always connect to 1 of your ...
GendoIkari's user avatar
  • 74.8k
14 votes

Can two VP cards be played at once in Catan?

In the Catan Rules on page 5 it says: So following these rules, not only can you play multiple Victory Point Cards, you MUST play them together in order to achieve 10 victory points. All other type ...
J_rite's user avatar
  • 535

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible