Game Infos
Publication date 1995

Players 3 to 4 (standard) 2, 5, or 6 (with expansions)

Age range 8+

Setup time approximately 8 minutes

Playing time 1-4 hours

Random chance low-moderate

Skill(s) required Strategy


The Settlers of Catan, sometimes shortened to Catan, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag (Kosmos) as Die Siedler von Catan.

Players assume the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. Players are awarded points as their settlements grow; the first to reach a set number of points, typically 10, is the winner. The game and its many expansions are also published by Mayfair Games, Filosofia, Capcom, 999 Games, Κάισσα, and Devir.

The Settlers of Catan was one of the first German-style board games to achieve popularity outside of Europe.As of 2015, more than 22 million copies in 30 languages had been sold.The game involves large amounts of strategy, while still being fairly simple to learn.

Catan Honors & Rewards

  • 2012 JoTa Best Game Released in Brazil Nominee
  • 2012 JoTa Best Game Released in Brazil Critic Award
  • 2011 Ludo Award Best Board Game Editor’s Choice Winner
  • 2005 Gra Roku Game of the Year
  • 2004 Hra roku Winner
  • 2004 Hra roku Nominee
  • 2002 Japan Boardgame Prize Best Japanese Game Nominee
  • 2001 Origins Awards Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1996 Origins Awards Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Board Game Winner
  • 1995 Spiel des Jahres Winner
  • 1995 Meeples’ Choice Award
  • 1995 Essener Feder Best Written Rules Winner
  • 1995 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner
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