One of the most popular games of the last twenty years, Settlers of Catan is a revolutionary board game that will get you playing and playing. It is an exciting game of strategy, wit, cunning and dominance. Designed and Published by Klaus Teuber and Kosmos in 1995 with the name Die Seidler von Catan, Settlers of Catan is believed to have a major influence on online strategy games that proliferated the market right now and played by millions of people all over the world the young and old alike. This game is so popular that from its original language of German, it was translated into more than 30 languages; strong evidence that the originality and excitement of this board game reaches across the cultural divide. The simplicity of the mechanics of this board game and the complexity of its dynamics is what makes this game so popular. It can be played by a large group of like friends, game board club members and it is even ideal as a family game since unlike most of the board games out there, in Settlers of Catan, a player can never be eliminated out of the game. That allows the entire group to continue to play to the completion of the game. Even more, if a new player comes into play, that player can well advance and compete with the other long-time players quite easily. So new players can become quite competitive early on in their Settlers of Catan addiction.
Due to the popularity of this game, there has been about a dozen or so expansions such as the Seafarers of Catan, Catan and Cities and Knights among others. A variations book of Settlers was also released in 2000.
Awards garnered by this exiting board game are Best Fantasy Board Game by Origin Awards, 1995 Game of the Year, Essen Feather, Deutscher Spiele Preis and Meeple’s Choice Award.
The objective of the game is very simple. You, as a player, represent one of the establishing colonies that inhabits an island called Catan, hence the name of the game. To start your own colony you must build settlements and turn them into cities with interconnecting roads between them. The game board is composed of hexes which represents the island with different types of land which are randomly laid out at the start of the game.
The quality and the rate of your expansion and development depend on the amount of resources you acquire. There are five different resources in the game and they are, grain, lumber, brick, wool and ore. Resource cards will represent each type of resources that can be found throughout the island and each Hex on the board game produces different resource. Using two dice, you will then roll to determine which one of your hexes will produce resources. To win the game, you will need to have ten (10) victory points which will be based according to the number of settlements you build and the number of upgraded settlements you have. There are also other game achievements such as building the longest road which will enable you to have additional game points.