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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. …

  • 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 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. …


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