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i was surprised, on revisiting the Catan rulebook, to find it was so… obtuse, especially for a so-called “gateway game.” If you’d like to get started a little more quickly, watch my video.


CORRECTION: Note that a longstanding rule for beginning players held that you had to finish trading before you could build. In later editions, that rule was scrapped, and i didn’t call that out correctly in the video. So build and trade in any order, as much as you like!

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Catan is like the tipping point for board game collecting. Even if you only stick with this one series, buying Catan is the first step towards buying the 5-6 player expansion, and then Cities & Knights of Catan, and then Traders & Barbarians of Catan, and then Jugglers & Veteranarians of Catan and whatever other nonsense they’ve got cooking over there. So! Because a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, take that single step by clicking the Amazon link below, and i’ll receive a small commission!

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Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game. Skills – Clever trading, strategy, tactical skill, luck

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