Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan. Expand your colony through the building of settlements, roads, and villages by harvesting commodities from the land around you. Trade sheep, lumber, bricks and grain for a settlement, bricks and wood for a road, or try to complete other combinations for more advanced buildings, services and specials.
Trade with other players, or at local seaports to get resources you might lack. The first player to achieve 10 points from a combination of roads, settlements, and special cards wins.
“Settlers has become so popular in Silicon Valley that it’s now being used as an icebreaker at some business meetings.”
-Wall Street Journal
“Over the past few years, Settlers of Catan has transformed from an activity enjoyed by a small niche of gamers into a mainstream hit.”
“Settlers manages to be effortlessly fun, intuitively enjoyable, and still intellectually rewarding, a combination that’s changing the American idea of what a board game can be.”
“…the new generation of postcollegiate gamers is gravitating toward more complex games of exploration and trade…like Settlers of Catan…”
-The New York Times
“Settlers has spread from Stuttgart to Seoul to Silicon Valley…it has become a necessary social skill among entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.”
-The Washington Post
“Settlers has its own elegant economy, in which the supply and demand for five different commodities are determined by tactics, luck and the stage of the game.”