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Can there be two winners at the same time in Catan?

Only the player who is currently taking their turn can win the game, so player C would be the winner. Official Rule: ENDING THE GAME If you have—or reach—10 victory points on your turn, the ...
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In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?

Count the cards in the supply In Settlers of Catan you are always allowed to count the number of resources left in the supply decks. It is a perfectly legal move to count the deck before using the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Settlers of Catan - What counts as longest road?

It's 8 segments. The game rules say: The first player to build a continuous road (not counting forks) of at least 5 road segments, receives the Special Card “Longest Road”. [...] so you don't get ...
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Can I build a settlement if I don't have the building piece for it?

This is super clear in the rules. Under Build in the Game Rules section: You cannot build more pieces than what is available in your pool—a maximum of 5 settlements, 4 cities, and 15 roads. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to lose Catan to a player with fewer points than you?

Yes, as it says in the rules you quoted you can only win on your turn Victory Conditions: Can I win during the special building phase? Answer: No. You can only win during your own turn. So yes if ...
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Can I build a settlement if I don't have the building piece for it?

No. Supplies are finite. If you need more settlements, you have to upgrade some to cities. As soon as you upgrade one settlement to a city, the settlement returns to your supply. The same goes for ...
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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 ...
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Is "refund with discount" a valid move on Catan?

This is not a card giveaway. You were under no obligation to make the second trade. For that reason, she is not, technically or otherwise, giving away a wheat for nothing.
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Is it always better to play a knight immediately?

Simple answer is no, it is not always in your best interest to immediately play a knight when you get one. In all truth I would say that it is better to hold onto it for a while unless the robber is ...
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In Catan, can you continue a "circular" road?

Yes. Say you start with the following: _ _ _ / \ _ / We all agree that's 7 segments long. It makes no sense that adding a segment would make it shorter, so the ...
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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 ...
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In Catan, can you continue a "circular" road?

I wanted to add this as a comment, but I don't have the rep yet. There's one other very similar configuration that new players seem to have trouble deciphering and often count incorrectly. _ _ /...
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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). ...
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Playing Catan for the first time, what should I know?

The placement of your initial settlements is very important. Your initial settlements (along with the first couple rounds of dice rolls) have a large impact on your game, affecting whether you get ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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How many actions can you take per turn?

Yes, from the turn overview of the game rules: You may build as long as your resource supply allows for it. Also, the Combined Trade/Build Phase section of the Almanac states that After rolling ...
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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?

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 ...
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Settlers Of Catan - discarding cards when rolling 7

The best way to do is simultaneous. While discarding, all the players keep all the cards aside face down. When everyone is done with this then the cards go to bank and are revealed to other players. I ...
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Does declaring victory end your turn?

The offical rules (bottom of page 5) state: ENDING THE GAME If you have 10 or more victory points during your turn the game ends and you are the winner! Interpreted literally, this is a state ...
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Does the longest road need to have settlements/cities at endpoints?

It is 8, the relevant rules are exactly what you quoted. The Longest Road is a continuous road connecting two intersections, which consists of at least 5 individual road pieces and is not ...
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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' ...
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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 ...
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