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Catanism, the blog for serious Catan fans. This blog is where Klaus Teuber and the rest of the “Bloggers of Catan” write about new game developments and provide lots of in-depth information about each title.

  • November 3, 2011

    The Reform of the Card Game 2010 – Part 10

    Klaus Teuber

    Age of Darkness - “The Era of Merchant Princes” Theme Set “The Era of Merchant Princes” Theme Set is played with the Theme Set of the same name and the Basic Cards I have introduced in part 5 of my series of blog posts about the reform of the Card Game. In the fictitious history of Catan, “The Era of Merchant Princes” Theme Set is set in the 15th century and follows “The Era of Discovery,” a Theme Set of the second game expansion planned for fall 2012. The treasures and the gold of the discovered neighboring islands allow trade to flourish. …

  • September 28, 2011

    The Reform of the Card Game 2010 – Part 9

    Klaus Teuber

    Age of Darkness - “The Era of Intrigue” Theme Set Part 9 of my series of blog posts about The Rivals for Catan had been announced for the beginning of 2011. Unfortunately, the development of the game expansion took longer than originally planned. In order to sufficiently test the cards of the expansion and harmonize them optimally with each other, the release date – and thus, this blog post – was postponed. Now, in September of this year, the German edition of the first “The Rivals for Catan” expansion has finally been published, and the English edition is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. …

  • September 27, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game 2010 – Part 8

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 8 – The “Era of Progress” Theme Set and the Duel Introduction The “Era of Progress” Theme Game is played with the Theme Set of that name and the basic cards I introduced in part 5 of my series of blog posts about the reform of the Card Game. In the fictitious history of Catan, the environment of this set belongs to the 15th century. …

  • August 23, 2010

    The End of the Catanian Knighthood

    Peter Gustav Bartschat

    An Investigative Look Behind the Curtains of Editorial Annihilation of a Social Status A Cannon Story – Part 1 In 1997, for the first time I held the “Tournament Set for the Card Game” in my hands: the dignified ancestor of today’s Tournament Card Game that enthusiasts now play with highly developed strategies. …

  • August 4, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 7

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 7 – The Era of Turmoil Introduction The “Era of Turmoil” Theme Game is played with the Theme Set of that name and the basic cards I introduced in part 5 of my series of blog posts about the reform of the Card Game. In the fictitious history of Catan, the environment of this set belongs to the mid-10th century, which is about 100 years after the first settlers arrived on Catan. …

  • July 5, 2010

    Catan is the Motherland of Soccer!

    Dr. Reiner Düren

    From Rebecca Gablé’s tales, we now know a lot about the life of the Catanians. One aspect, however, she has withheld from us: Catan is the motherland of soccer*! This is probably due to the fact that she relied mostly upon English sources. However, the credibility of these sources may be doubted, as I will demonstrate below. …

  • June 24, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 6

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 6 – The Era of Gold Introduction The “Era of Gold” Theme Game is played with the Theme Set of that name plus the basic cards I introduced in my previous blog post. In the fictitious history of Catan, the environment of this set belongs to the Middle Ages and thus chronologically follows the “Era of Turmoil” set. …

  • June 5, 2010

    Translations and more …

    Gavin Allister

    At the end of April 2007, I received an e-mail from Catan LLC, the American branch of the German Catan GmbH. Back then, I had already been working as a freelance translator for quite some time, and I used to routinely advertise my services online on various classified ads sites. …

  • May 18, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 5

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 5 – The Introductory Game Follow-up comments on my last blog posts as well as comments in various forums repeatedly expressed concerns that the revised Card Game might become deprived of its depth, in favor of being easier to play and more “appropriate for the public.” Well, all those of you who fear for the complexity of the new version may rest assured. …

  • April 29, 2010

    To Germany and Back: An American’s Quest for Opponents – Part 4

    Jim Plane

    In the first three parts of this story, I explained how I found The Settlers of Catan through my brother’s family and searched the web constantly for online gaming sites to meet my need. In July 2008, I discovered the Catan Online World, and even though it was entirely in German, I had to become a member. Chapter Four: …

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