CATAN, formerly known as The Settlers of Catan, is a highly acclaimed and award-winning strategy board game where players aim to become the dominant force on the island of Catan. The game is renowned for its appeal to both experienced gamers and newcomers to the board game hobby.

Gameplay Overview

  • Objective: Build settlements, cities, and roads to gain dominance on Catan.
  • Resource Management: Players use resources like sheep, wheat, wood, brick, and ore to build.
  • Random Production: Dice rolls determine which resources the island produces.
  • Board Setup: A variable board is created using hexagonal tiles representing different resources and the desert.
  • Player Actions: Includes playing development cards, rolling dice, collecting resources, building, trading, and moving the robber pawn.

Special Features

  • Robber Mechanic: A unique element where a player can move the robber to steal resources.
  • Development Cards: These cards provide various advantages and can include secret victory points.
  • Trading: Players can trade resources with each other and at ports, adding a layer of negotiation.
  • Variable Board Setup: The modular board ensures a unique experience each game.
  • Victory Points: Accumulated through building, longest road, largest army, and development cards.


CATAN stands out as a landmark in modern board gaming, perfectly blending strategy, resource management, and social interaction. Its dynamic setup, combined with the balance of luck and strategy, makes each game a fresh and engaging experience. Its widespread appeal and numerous awards have firmly established CATAN as a classic in the world of board gaming.

Nominated for 10 awards and won 8.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1995

  • 3 - 4 Players
  • 60 - 120 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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