Thursday, March 12, 2009

Catan Germany and Rome

Klaus Teuber is the inventor of the award winning board game,
Settlers of Catan, first published in 1995 in Germany by Kosmos and later in the United States by Mayfair Games. While this game uses a map, it is a very simple hex grid on an imaginary island. The hex pieces are rearranged each game, but the shape is generally the same, and non-distinct...

However, in 2006, Tueber released the first in a planned series of Catan Histories: Struggle for Rome. This game uses the basic Catan mechanic (collect and trade resources, expand your holdings) on a map of Western Europe:

Last year he released Catan Geographies: Germany. Based on a map of Germany (designed by Michale Menzel), this game still uses trade, building, and settlement, and allows you to build famous German landmarks such as the 'Brandenburg Gate' or the 'Dresdner Dom'. Intended as a family game to learn an celebrate German geography and history.

It will be interesting to see if Tueber will continue these series with other historical scenarios or countries. Catan: Conquests of Napoleon? Catan: American Civil War? Catan: China? The possibilities are endless.

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At Thursday, March 12, 2009 , Blogger jhunterj said...

and both of these came out after the "map of the world" Settlers of the Stone Age.

At Monday, March 16, 2009 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

I've never played "Settlers" but I've always thought it LOOKS dreamy. Both of these variants are also quite lovely.


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