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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.

  • May 31, 2012

    The Reform of the Card Game 2012 – Part 13

    Klaus Teuber

    “Age of Enlightenment” Expansion – “The Era of Explorers” Theme Set Chapter 1 In the fictitious history of Catan, the Era of Explorers takes place shortly before the Era of Barbarians. Approximately 30 years after Catan was discovered by seafarers from continental Europe, the Catanians took the caravels of the foreign seafarers and explored regions far away from their homeland. …

  • May 23, 2012

    The Reform of the Card Game 2012 – Part 12

    Klaus Teuber

    “Age of Enlightenment” Expansion – “The Era of Prosperity” Theme Set Chapter 1 In the fictitious history of Catan, the Era of Barbarians is followed by the Era of Prosperity. The barbarians have been defeated, and Catan has defended its independence. The returning prosperity improves the Catanians’ living conditions and allows the arts – influenced by the European Renaissance – to flourish on Catan. …

  • November 10, 2011

    The Reform of the Card Game 2010 – Part 11

    Klaus Teuber

    Age of Darkness - “The Era of Barbarians” Theme Set In the context of its fictitious history, Catan is situated in the area of today’s Azores and, in terms of size, encompasses all islands of the group. As described in Rebecca Gable’s novel “The Settlers of Catan,” in 850 B.C.E. Catan was first settled by a seafaring Nordic people. In real history, the Azores were discovered and taken in possession by Portuguese seafarers in 1427 and 1432. Therefore, it stands to reason that – in fictitious history – Catan is (re)discovered by Portuguese seafarers at the beginning of the 15th century, and that some decades later conquistadores from all countries of the Old World set out for Catan like barbarian conquerors, to steal from the island what they regard as its only valuable good: …

  • 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. …

  • 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. …

  • 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. …

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