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  • December 22, 2009

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

    Board detail small To Germany and Back: An American’s Quest for Opponents   Part 1

    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”?

    Faerber Luig blog 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’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

    Vulkan 3D 200 Seafarers, Traders, and Wizards in 3D

    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: …

  • August 10, 2009

    Can You Buy Fresh Strawberries on Catan?

    Peter Gustav Bartschat

    How does the perfect Catan lunch look like?  Lamb chop in puff pastry with a glass of sheep milk, sheep’s milk cheese with bread for dessert… but in the evening at least a wheat beer to wash it down with? You’d think that life must be rather monotonous on this island where only grain and trees grow, sheep are the only living beings apart from the settlers themselves, and wooden beams and bricks are the only available building material. …

  • July 31, 2009

    Sprechen Sie Catanisch? Do you speak Catanish? Parlez-vous Catanais? ¿Usted habla Catanol? Talar ni Catanska?

    Dr. Reiner Düren

    Illustration 1: Back to the roots The Catan games have been translated into many languages by now, Bulgarian, Chinese, and Hebrew being the most recent ones. Players from all over the world meet at world championships and in the Catan Online World to jointly settle the small isla. From there, they board their naves and head for new shores to find freundliche Nachbarn or even the legendary countries El Dorado and Catlantis. Sheep Oveja (Spanish) Schaf (German) Schaap (Dutch) Mouton (French) Får (Schwedisch) They defy sjörövare and struikrover, build osada and upgrade them to πόλεις or use рыцарь cards to set the salteador on each other. …

  • July 22, 2009

    Hello, I’m a producer …

    Arnd Beenen

    In his blog posting, Guido already commented about how challenging it is for him to give people he meets a description of his work. I can definitely relate to that – the same thing happens to me. It’s even a little worse, because the next thing for me to explain is my function in this company, given the fact that I’m apparently not a game author. …


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