Settlers of Catan: The Novel (with exclusive book trailer)


22 Responses to “Settlers of Catan: The Novel (with exclusive book trailer)”

  1. xzzy says:

    Books get trailers now?

    I must be getting old.

  2. Guest says:

    I’ve got wood for your yarn.

  3. Teirhan says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about this.

    Since when did Settlers of Catan have a narrative?  Or is this what I get for never reading the rule booklet?

  4. Lobster says:

    They take a boardgame about resource management and turn it into a conflict between Christianity and pagan religions?  Who exactly is this book for?

  5. alephxero says:

    The summary actually sounds a lot like the new Battlestar Galactica.

  6. eruditeogre says:

    Wait, what?  Catan means “land of starlight?” And there’s religious conflict? And it’s all the fault of the faeries? Dude, I just want Longest Road!

  7. モりやま says:


  8. Jack Holmes says:

    Hey, they can’t be using boats in this trailer! They need the Seafarers expansion for that!

  9. singingdragon says:

    Sorry, Settlers of Catan: the Novel. The two point Wackiest Idea card still belongs to Settlers of Zarahemla.

  10. Stephen Wark says:

    What a positively wretched idea.  Go novelize Scrabble.

  11. Next up: Oregon Trail, the novel, in which a band of 8-year-old pioneers slaughter every buffalo they lay eyes on and leave a trail of gravestones with “fart” written on them. It’s a lot like “Lord of the Flies” , really.

    • Lobster says:

      I made it through Oregon Trail with nothing but bacon.  Find something useful on the side of the road?  Trade it for bacon.  Horse broke a leg?  Bacon.  Broke a wagon wheel?  Bacon!  Dysenta- BACON!

      There is nothing it cannot do.  I have proven it.

  12. Annika says:

    Even though the idea of writing a novel about a board game is a bit strange, this book is absolutely great. I’ve read it in the German original years ago and it has great characters, an interesting story and sound historical research. You should definitely check out Rebecca Gablé’s other books; I think her series about late-medieval England is being released in the states as well. She’s one of my absolute favorite authors and I think it’s great that people outside of Germany and Austria can enjoy her work as well now. I almost envy you for getting to read it all for the first time…

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Sometimes tie-ins can be better than one would expect. Haven’t read this, but about 25 years ago the late lamented George Alec Effinger wrote a series of novels based on Infocom adventure games that were surprisingly readable.

  13. Mike Baker says:

    One man’s struggle to trade some of his crap-load of wood for some ore before the robber moves.

  14. Price: 1 sheep and 2 wood or best offer.

  15. N Morrison says:

    I also read this book in German several years ago and liked it.  A few things to point out: Other than explaining certain character types in the game like “settlers” and “thieves” and sharing a similar fictional setting, the novel has little to do with the game at all.  Also, religious differences do show up in the book, but Christianity plays a minority part, and in the end as I recall the story promotes religious tolerance. The novel is great historical fiction, and does a good job of depicting life in pre-Christian Europe.

  16. Iscah says:

    Do you suppose anyone could convince the narrator to settle on a pronunciation of ‘Odin’ for two minutes?  

    Also, that sounded… awful.  I can believe it might not be, but it sounded pretty terrible.  

  17. Adam S. says:

    Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city, and I got wheat to trade!You bitches!

  18. CP-S says:

    Next: Occupy movements collaborate on a novelization for Monopoly.

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