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  • January 14, 2010

    How Do You Actually Become … a Product Manager for Catan

    Sebastian Rapp

    My name is Sebastian Rapp, and I am a product manager at the publishing house KOSMOS. Sounds impressive, right? In the past, I also liked to call myself the “maid-of-all-work at KOSMOS regarding Catan,” but ever since Carol supports me in the area of marketing I am only the “maid-of-almost-all-work,” fortunately … When people ask me what I do for a living, they interestingly don’t inquire that much about what a “Product Manager for Catan” does. …

  • January 9, 2010

    Winner of the 2009 EU Catan Championship in Vienna

    Congratulations to Antonio Valerio, from Italy, who has won the title of the 2009 European “Settlers of Catan” Championship in Vienna, Austria! [ Read more (German only)]> …

  • January 8, 2010

    To Germany and Back: An American’s Quest for Opponents – Part 2

    Jim Plane

    In Chapter One, I explained how my brother and his wife introduced me to Die Siedler von Catan (The Settlers of Catan), and how I grabbed the base game and several expansions while visiting them when they were living in Germany. Chapter Two: Hopelessly Addicted Being unaware of the American gaming market, I had no idea that Mayfair had been publishing The Settlers of Catan in English for years. …

  • December 22, 2009

    To Germany and Back: An American’s Quest for Opponents – Part 1

    Jim Plane

    Chapter One: Play With Me! As many gamers know, finding opponents isn’t always easy. Family members are often our favorite foes, but let’s face it: if you’re into gaming, you just might be a little more aggressive than they are, and they just might get tired of playing with you because of it. …

  • November 13, 2009

    What Exactly is the “Catan Weekend”?

    Gero Zahn

    “So, what are you doing next weekend?” “Oh well, I’ll be at a work-related meeting.” Every so often I refrain from mentioning the exact name “Catan Weekend,” because it doesn’t mean much even to those who, in principle, know what I do for a living. That’s why I’m using this opportunity to place a corresponding reference here in our Catan blog, for future inquiries. Kosmos Verlag has been hosting the Catan weekend since 1998. …

  • October 8, 2009

    Game conventions, time and again … and it’s still fun

    Carol Rapp

    First of all, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I work for the publisher KOSMOS Verlag, where I’m responsible for the entire marketing of family games and games for adults. My activities are focused on the areas “KOSMOS game instructors” and “The Settlers of Catan.” Being the product manager, my husband Sebastian Rapp helps me regarding the latter. …

  • September 24, 2009

    My First Game

    Benjamin Teuber

    It’s obvious – at some point I’ve tried to design a game too. I was just five years old when that happened. It is a beautiful story I like to reminisce about. Actually, the game still exists, which is why I have the wonderful opportunity to document this blog posting directly with the game map from back then. …

  • September 10, 2009

    Seafarers, Traders, and Wizards in 3D

    Dr. Reiner Düren

    In late 2005, Klaus Teuber gave me one of the beautiful Catan 3D Collector’s Editions. During the following years, this fascinating work of art inspired me to create my own add-ons. 3D vulcano It all started quite innocently when I modeled a volcano as an April Fool’s joke in 2006. I got hooked, and – suggested by the soccer world championship that had taken place in Germany in 2006 – the next thing in line was a soccer field for the permanent champion of Catan, the soccer club Catania Elasund. 3D gold river This was quickly followed by the gold river, where gold-hungry adventurers could dig for gold. …

  • September 2, 2009

    Part 2: How Two Hobbies Become a Profession

    Gero Zahn

    Last time – in the first part of this blog posting – I told how in 1997, before “The Starfarers of Catan” was published, a friend and I designed our own “Space Settlers” scenario –  as a result of which Klaus and I stayed loosely in touch since fall 1998. …

  • August 20, 2009

    Part 1: How to Meet a Game Designer

    Gero Zahn

    On the “About Us” page here in the Catanism Blog or at, my (slightly grandiose) job title is “Web Content Manager” (or it least it was when this blog post was initially published). What exactly this means – apart from the obvious “rearing and nurture of websites” – will be the topic of another blog posting. What’s probably more interesting: …


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