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Gero Zahn

August 15, 2013

Star Trek Catan: Federation Space – Exploring the Explored Galaxy

As promised in our last blog post and also in the Star Trek Catan: Federation Space Almanac, we would like to provide an in-depth look into the creation of the game maps, with special emphasis on the planets and the other objects that we used, where we...
July 1, 2013

Creating “Star Trek Catan – Federation Space”

Many of you asked us to take the joint venture of the two franchises Catan and Star Trek even further towards the “Final Frontier.” So we thought: Let us take Star Trek Catan into a “real” region of space to put our little NCC-1701 spaceships in. The...
July 19, 2012

Star Trek Catan – The Circle Is Now Complete

In a previous blog post, I have told the story of how I became a member of the Catan GmbH staff: in 1997, almost exactly 15 years ago, I was working on a purely private spare time project named “Space Settlers,” together with Markus, my best friend at the...
November 13, 2009

What Exactly is the “Catan Weekend”?

“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’...
September 2, 2009

Part 2: How Two Hobbies Become a Profession

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

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...