Settlers of Catan Board Game: Still Conquering All


settlers-of-catan-board-gameSettlers of Catan is the grand daddy of modern strategy board games.  Originally published in Germany in 1995, Settlers of Catan has now been translated into 30 languages, and shows no sign of losing steam.

Over 15 million copies of the game have been sold, and it is currently in its 4th edition.

The game revolves around trade and expansion.  Three to four players take turns placing hexagonal pieces on a playing board, representing colonies established on an island. You gain points for building roads and establishing bases. In this way, the board is shaped over the course of the game, meaning that play dynamics can be quite different from game to game.

settlersofcatancardsSettlers of Catan has been described as being like chess: It takes minutes to learn, and a lifetime to master. A popular game among families, Settlers’ gameplay is social and friendly.

The game is suitable for children as young as 10, though an adult can enjoy it as well.

One of the perks of Settlers of Catan’s popularity is that there are a great selection of expansions and variations to explore. Those interested in branching out from the man game will find a number of side-games to sample from, introducing sea exploration and other types of locations and characters. The game can also be expanded to accommodate up to 6 players.

Though Settlers of Catan is over a decade old, it has stood the test of time. Anyone interested in strategy board games should consider this classic title.


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  1. We learned this game from a friend who moved to AZ from MN and got hooked. Now we’re introducing this game to as many people as we can. Is there a national club for Settlers fans? It would be so cool to form city, state and national clubs … I’d love to start one in Phoenix, AZ.

  2. Jason Curtis on

    While Settlers of Catan (SOC) is a great game and easy enough for anyone to learn (nothing more complicated than Monopoly, really, I really recommend Carcassonne as a great “gateway” to Euro games. Minimal setup, easy rules and quick play make this a fun game for the whole family.

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