Settlers of Catan portable edition


28 Responses to “Settlers of Catan portable edition”

  1. GreenJello says:

    I’ve seen very few board games with wooden tiles, it’s a cost issue. Frankly I’m not sure it would fix the problem, which is very annoying. Originally there was an expansion that fixed the problem by locking in the tiles…… maybe you could make something? Anyway at leastcthe ipad version is better at something!

  2. Anonymous says:

    CATAN DICE! Nice quick game with easy rules that you still have to think about.

    The 2-player Catan Card game is also excellent, and a separate game all to itself, though with the expansions it gets difficult to maintain all the cards.

    Next try the Reinier Knizia Lost Cities.

  3. billstewart says:

    First it’s Carcassonne, then it’s Settlers, then those Trans-America/Europa/etc train games, and pretty soon you’re playing Power Grid and going to Board Game Geek conventions. It’s all downhill from there, man….

  4. KaiBeezy says:

    would some friendly game geeks
    please offer recommendations
    for games that work well as:
    playable with a 6-year-old

  5. Juan Esperanza says:

    Wish you could have placed an unsharpened pencil in the photographs to help for scale. It’s been so long since I’ve played Catan, I can’t remember how big the game was.

  6. grikdog says:

    Is there an open source edition? Catan online demands bucks to download and play, but does eliminate the “friends” requirement — you can play against “strong computer opponents.” If the game is that great, it should have an Ubuntu version.

    • grikdog says:

      Sorry, to answer my own question, Settler of Catan is in the Synaptic Package Manager under the monicker “pioneers.”

  7. SeamusAndrewMurphy says:

    This is tempting, as I am the all-time World Champion Settlers of Catan player…in my household.

  8. HD says:

    I recently bought this game, well it was back in November, after glowing recommendations from users, and sadly our family played but once before dying tragically of boredom and then returning to haunt the internet through our electronic gadgets.

  9. Anonymous says:

    make a 5-6 expansion with citys and knights then ill be sold

  10. Blunderbutt says:

    Has Frauenfelder made the obligatory toe step into the deep end and tried Magic: The Gathering to review its accessibility to the average mutant?

    I find the “duel decks” to be a reasonably inexpensive fun activity for any two people with a bit of patience for learning rules, and it’s easy to expand from there to any size family. My wife was able to get a kick out of it, and English is her second language.

    I haven’t really played the game in awhile, but I’d be interested in how the core game appeals to families with no interest in collecting piles of cards and entering tournaments.

  11. Anonymous says:

    There is a variant rule, that imho improves the game a lot.
    The thief, (or whatever the eglish name for him is, the black playpiece taht is moved with evry rolled “7″) is a little bit like Robin Hood also a “Giver”.
    This means when you place him on an field, and after the draw of the stolen card, every small or lagre town at that field pays out, as if his number was rolled. This makes the game more strategic.

    A scond variant rule is helpful for a game with less aggravation between player. The thief is not allowed to go back to the field he was directly before.

  12. pfooti says:

    The interesting thing about settlers is that once you place a piece, it never moves. Only the robber moves (this is not the case in seafarers with slightly movable boats, and in cities and knights with barbarians downgrading cities to settlements). With that in mind, it is possible to just play settlers on a printed-out paper board with markers.

    That’s how I play travel catan; I wrote a little java application a long time ago that generates an appropriate board (3/4, 5/6, seafarers setups), print out a bunch of them, and bring markers, cards and dice. Makes for a very nice way to play settlers whilst backpacking or the like.

  13. crushallhumans says:

    I use this edition every week at my board/card games club in Prague – we often get two simultaneous games going, one for four on the portable and one for six on the expanded regular set. Catan geeks are we.
    Since I have to get myself and the games from my house to the cafe in a backpack, keeping the pieces and boxes in order is important – nothing will shake up those plastic pieces like madly running for a tram.
    For this box, you can do the following – take the cardboard sheet included in the box and use big rubber bands to fix it over the bins for the pieces in the plastic ‘bank’. Then use little rubber bands to fix the resource decks together. Finally, use big rubber bands to fix the instructions booklet over the board itself – this will keep the resource/harbor tiles from flying all over. Rubber bands are your friends.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Let’s go to Hawaii and play board games!

  15. Stefan Jones says:

    How cute! The Island of Catanette, full of dwarf sheep and little pieces of timber.

    Mark: Hopefully by now you’ve seen some of the beautiful home-brewed Catan game components that players have made for themselves. Worth a MAKE article, maybe?

    I look forward to your reviews of the expansion sets. I bought the original game for my sister’s family and would like to know which of the expansions are worth going for.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    I recently bought this game and I’ve been playing with my fellow grad student friends. We’ve enjoyed it so much that last week we played it for 6 hours straight until 2am, and no alcohol was involved!

  18. sam1148 says:

    I just put mine in a big ziplock bag. Which fits nicely flat in the outer pocket of my luggage.

  19. emilydickinsonridesabmx says:

    This looks great, definitely going on my “To Buy” list. I’ve found that travel edition games are really hit or miss. Some are extremely well thought out, and actually work great during actual travel. Others, just seem like shrunken down versions of the full size games.

    My two favorite travel edition games are Scrabble and Connect Four. Scrabble is very well designed. The pieces lock into the board, the tile racks hold tiles well and the whole game zips up into itself, forming a package about the size of a hardcover novel.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Check out thingiverse… There are a bunch of 3d-printable and laser-cutable Catan sets.

  21. AlanJCastonguay says:

    This requires magnetic pieces to hold them in place.

  22. Stefan Jones says:

    Also cool is the Full Size edition, which consists of floating hexagonal islands with realistic terrain, and container loads of timber, sheep, ore and wheat rather than cards.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Mark–you can just put the game pieces and cards into little zip lock baggies. That’s how most people who play board games organize the pieces, and keep them from getting mixed up when moving them around. I don’t recommend using rubber bands. They will eventually dry out and gunk up whatever it is you are securing them with. I suppose if you don’t have hundreds of games, like some of us nerds, you can swap them out more regularly for fresh rubber bands. But after accumulating a few hundred games, that becomes pretty impractical.

  24. Anakha23 says:

    The 15th anniversary edition of Catan has some really nice wooden tiles, but its pretty spendy but very nice!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I recently bought the portable version and used this guide at Instructables to create a board with moveable/placeable numbers! It was cheap and didnt take too long either :)

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