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  • March 24, 2010

    To Germany and Back: An American’s Quest for Opponents – Part 3

    Jim Plane

    In Chapters one and two of this story, I explained how I discovered Catan through my brother and his wife who lived in Germany for a short time, and how I found opponents online at German websites that later became unavailable to me. Chapter Three: Aero Discovers the “World” Since I had all but given up on real-life opponents, I searched the web for other boardgame sites. …

  • March 9, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 4

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 4 – History of Catan and Illustration In my fourth blog post, I originally wanted to present the Introductory Game. However, it will still take some more time to finish all cards of the Introductory Game, and Michael Menzel sent me an interesting report on the development of the card “City.” So I spontaneously decided to dedicate my fourth blog post to the history of Catan and the card illustrations influenced by this history. The Fictitious History of Catan When I developed the Card Game in 1995, I didn’t think much about the illustrations. …

  • February 4, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 3

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 3 – First Concept and Development During the second half of 2008, when the future of the Card Game seemed uncertain due to decreasing sales figures, I thought about what could be improved to lay the foundations to reposition the Card Game. I often had given the Card Game as a present during the past years – primarily to couples who usually didn’t play very often, and when they did, they played among themselves. …

  • January 29, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 2

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 2 – Expanding the Card Game In 1997, the “Tournament Set for the Card Game” was published as the first Card Game expansion. My inspiration for this expansion came from “Magic, the Gathering,” during the mid-nineties a cult game in Germany. Although the rules of the two games are totally different, they do have one thing in common: …

  • January 23, 2010

    The Reform of the Card Game in 2010 – Part 1

    Klaus Teuber

    Part 1 – Birth of the Card Game A revised version of the Catan Card Game with new content and graphics will be published in fall 2010 under the title of “The Princes of Catan” (working title). In this blog and the following ones, I will talk about the background to this revision and introduce the new card illustrations as we go along. …

  • 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. …


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