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Settlers of Catan

Game Name


The Settlers of Catan – the core game

Game Type


Board Game

Game Categories


Family Game

Game Designer


Klaus Teuber

Game Publisher


Mayfair Games

Catan, Settlers, 5 to 6 players, Family Game, Board Game

This game’s main idea is about Trade, Build, and Settling.

From the history itself, The Settlers of Catan has been awarded “Game of the Year” honors in Germany, the United States, and many other countries worldwide. It is an international favorite. Learn to play in about 15 minutes. Then enjoy hundreds of hours of fast-paced fun!

From the publisher, In The Settlers of Catan, you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests & deserts. The random mix creates a different board in virtually every game.

Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan! Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations — grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber — to buy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities.

Acquire your resources through trades or lucky dice. But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly! Moreover, you never know when the wily robber might steal away with your precious gains!

The Settlers of Catan in general is a game that will teach you Negotiations, Trade systems, Movements, and, Opportunities.

In addition, there are several benefits of using Settlers of Catan, as a tool for learning, especially for a non-native speaker. Here is a list of them: 

  1. Vocabulary building sets
  2. Conversation practice
  3. Cultural understanding
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Problem-Solving 

The Settler of Catan can be played by up to 6 players and can play the game itself at once. However, the game can get played with a minimum of 3 players and a maximum of four players for the based game, and then with expansion, the game can get played by six players.

There are significant differences between 3 players and four players. With three players, the game becomes competitive, as fewer players have tons of resources and victory points. Meantime, with four players, the game becomes more balanced, as each player has slight changes for the board to work with.

In addition, playing with six players has pros and cons. The Cons of 6 players is that it will take longer than average. The Pros of 6 players to those willing to learn this game will expose more points of view as the challenge and complexity increase, as there are more players to negotiate and trade with. The six players of the core game are insight from the perspective of necessary negotiation, trade, and settling.

Finally, the game is worth exploring with different player counts to see what works best for you and your groups.

The original game itself contains the following:

  • 19 unique hexagonal region tiles-
  • 6 coastal frame pieces
  • 9 extra harbor pieces
  • 20 wooden settlements
  • 16 wooden cities
  • 60 wooden roads
  • 95 resources cards
  • 25 development cards
  • 4 building cost cards
  • 2 special bonus cards
  • 18 number tokens
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • 1 wooden robber pawn
  • full-color rules & almanac

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