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Settlers Of Catan Board Game

Settlers Of Catan Game Rules

How To Play Settlers Of Catan (Instructions)

3 - 4
Play Time
45 MIN


Settlers of Catan HousesIf you like to play the "take over the world" games and enjoy playing strategy type games, Settlers of Catan is the perfect game for you. This is a unique board game where the actual game board changes every time you play and no two games are the same. Players are on the hunt for the best places to build roads, settlements, and cities and strategically place them in order to get more resources (sheep, wood, wheat, brick and ore) to build even more.

Settlers of Catan Gane BoardSettlers of Catan is a somewhat complex board game up front to learn how to play but once rules are understood, game play is fun and easy and always a challenge to out think your opponents. Strategy is a huge factor, but half the game is determined by the roll of the dice and the probability of certain numbers being rolled. Addition cards, incentives, and awards are available giving you more points to help make this board game even more fun. Purchase your copy today.

  • 1996 US Board Game of the Year.
  • Originally developed and marketed for Germany
  • Klaus Teuber is the original designer


  • 19 Terrain Hexes (tiles)
  • 6 Sea Frame Pieces
  • 9 Harbor Pieces
  • 18 Circular Number Tokens (chits)
  • 95 Resource Cards (19 Of Each Resource: Ore, Grain, Lumber, Wool, Brick)
  • 25 Development Cards (14 Knight/soldier Cards, 6 Progress Cards, 5 Victory Point Cards)
  • 4 "building Costs" Cards
  • 2 Special Cards: "Longest Road" & "Largest Army"
  • 16 Cities (4 Of Each Color)
  • 20 Settlements (5 Of Each Color)
  • 60 Roads (15 Of Each Color)
  • 2 Dice
  • 1 Robber
  • Official Settlers Of Catan Rules And Instructions


How to Win
To become the winner, you must reach 10 points before any of your opponents by effectively using your resources to build villages, cities, and possibly roads and armies.
How to Win


Please keep in mind that the official Settlers Of Catan rules and instructions could be different depending on the game version you have. The rules below are some of the exact directions that came in the original packaging.


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Human Question:
Which game starts with the same letter as Mancala?

Chess, Uno, Monopoly, Ticket To Ride, Rummycube, Battleship

Lonnie says:

I still remember the first time I played this. Watching others was so much easier to learn how to play. Still one of my favorites.
Allen says:

I always thought this game was a little weird and too hard to learn how to play. I just had a friend explain it to me and we played a game and wow, this is an awesome game. Don't let the game rules deter you. Look through the "long" version of the Settlers of Catan rules listed above so you can get all the pictures.
Gina says:

Love it, love it, love it. This is my new all time favorite board game. The rules are a little tricky up front to learn how to play but once you are showed how to by another person it is so addicting. There is so much strategy that you can put into this and the game changes every time. Love the idea of an expansion pack!
Sheeplover says:

I keep on getting sheep🐑- it is a really fun game!!!
Stephen says:

This is one of the best games of all time. Just remember to diversify your portfolio of resources and build of high frequency numbers (6 and 8). P.S. sheep are the most useless resource, but I still love u sheep
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