I will trade you 12 sheep for 1 barrel of non-renewable hydrocarbons

What would Settlers of Catan be like if you added oil wells to the already potent resource mix of sheep, wood, ore, brick, and grain? The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds out when reporter Ann Griswold sits in on a game of Catan: Oil Springs.


  1. I’ve played it a couple of times with my son. He loved it. It’s interesting, fun to play, and does make you think about oil use. But its not much like Catan any more, it so unbalances the game that it just becomes about oil and what you will do with it, forget all other resources. Which is sort of the point I suppose.

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