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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.

  • January 25, 2013

    Explorers & Pirates – The New Expansion for “The Settlers of Catan” – Part 3

    Klaus Teuber

    Land Ho! The third part of the latest Catanism blog post by Klaus Teuber about “Explorers & Pirates”, the upcoming fourth large expansion for “The Settlers of Catan”, will tell you everything about the Introductory Game.

  • January 11, 2013

    The New Expansion for “The Settlers of Catan” – Part 2

    Klaus Teuber

    Part two of the latest Catanism blog post by Klaus Teuber about the upcoming fourth large expansion for “The Settlers of Catan” will tell you all about Harbor Settlements, Ships, and Settlers.

  • January 3, 2013

    Star Trek Catan – Questions and Answers

    Sebastian Rapp

    Why isn't Star Trek Catan a remake of The Starfarers of Catan? Why do all players play on the side of the Federation? Why are there so many Enterprise starships? Why is the robber a Klingon? These and many similar questions have kept Catanians and Trekkers busy since first details about the game were made public after Star Trek Catan was announced (see also here). Below, I would like to answer some of these questions. …

  • December 21, 2012

    The New Expansion for “The Settlers of Catan” – Part 1

    Klaus Teuber

    Read the first part of the latest Catanism blog post by Klaus Teuber about beginning the development of the fourth large expansion for “The Settlers of Catan” that will see the light of day at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair in February 2013.

  • October 10, 2012

    The Reform of the Card Game 2012 – Part 15

    Klaus Teuber

    In the previous blog posts, the members of the editorial team shed light on certain aspects of the development of “The Rivals for Catan.” I don’t want to add any more to it at this point.  On a final note, however, I would like to express my gratitude to all those who contributed to the successful development of “The Rivals for Catan” game and its two expansions, “Age of Darkness” and “Age of Enlightenment.” Nearly all of the people I want to thank are depicted on “The Rivals for Catan” cards – some with their first name, others with their middle name or a medieval version of their first name. First of all, my thanks go to Axel Meffert, the longtime General Manager of Kosmos, who unfortunately passed away far too soon in spring of this year. …

  • September 27, 2012

    Board Game and Card Game: Commonalities and Differences

    Dr. Reiner Düren

    Even though a 2-player variant of the Board Game is available now – “The Rivals for Catan” is the definitive Catan game for 2 players. The Board Game and the Card Game share a number of common characteristics; however, for many Board Game players it is still quite difficult to become familiar with the Card Game. …

  • September 21, 2012

    The Renaissance of the Card Game

    Peter Gustav Bartschat

    The new Catanian card game “The Rivals for Catan” reaches completion with “Age of Enlightenment,” its second expansion – at least as far as the current planning status is concerned. A total of three game boxes offer the players many exciting and entertaining hours at the game table and also invite them on a trip through Catanian history. Catanian History in the Game The board games already provide insight into the history of the fictitious Catanian island world. …

  • September 12, 2012

    How the Princes Came to Catan …

    Sebastian Rapp

    Don’t think that games are created in the blink of an eye – or that there are rushed decisions concerning games. As early as 2007, one year after the 10th anniversary of the Catan Card Game, Klaus Teuber and Kosmos started talks about reforming the Catan Card Game. Our memories of it may easily become blurred, but fortunately the meeting minutes still exist … In 2007, it initially was “just” a matter of reforming the game, planned for 2010. …

  • July 26, 2012

    The Reform of the Card Game 2012 – Part 14

    Klaus Teuber

    “Age of Enlightenment” Expansion – “The Era of Sages” Theme Set Chapter 1 The “Era of Sages” Theme Set is set in the 16th century of the fictitious history of Catan – roughly the same time the “Era of Prosperity” set takes place. When I developed the old Card Game more than 15 years ago, I didn’t think yet of giving Catan a history. …

  • July 19, 2012

    Star Trek Catan – The Circle Is Now Complete

    Gero Zahn

    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 time. …


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