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Settlers of Catan Strategy Guide

Settlers of Catan Strategy Guide

One of the most popular—and best—resource-management games on the planet has made wood and sheep addicts of us all. (Hey, don’t take that the wrong way!) If you want a fun, family-friendly board game with lots of collecting, trading, and building that plays in under an hour, Klaus Teuber’s The Settlers of Catan has it in spades…you know, the kind you till soil with.

Object of the Game:

The first person to 10 victory points wins. You accumulate these victory points through settlements (1 VP apiece), cities (2 VPs), the Longest Road card (2 VPs), the Largest Army card (2 VPs), and special development cards (1 VP apiece). As with any good board game, there are several paths to victory, though you’ll generally want to focus on settlements or cities and supplement the necessary victory points for the win with either the Longest Road or Largest Army.

Dice Roll Odds:

Chances are a 6 or 8 will come up more often during the course of a game than a 3 or 11. When placing your settlements, pay close attention to the resource tiles with the higher percentage numbers. Here’s the percentage breakdown each time you toss the dice:

• 2 & 12 = 3%

• 3 & 11 = 6%

• 4 % 10 = 8%

• 5 & 9 = 11%

• 6 & 8 = 14%

• 7 (Robber) = 17%

Start of the Game:

The most important part of your game may very well be your initial settlement placements. No pressure, though! If you go first, look for the most advantageous spot based on the resource tile numbers and your play strategy. Numbers like 6 and 8 are prime real estate, with 5 and 9 falling just behind. You can immediately tell the value of the tiles by looking at the dots at the bottom of each number chit: five dots equal excellent; one dot, not so good. If you’re going for a settlement strategy, however, you might want to pass on that 6 sitting on ore and choose the 5 forest tile. Generally, you want the higher percentage numbers if they’re available; you can usually trade extra resources you don’t need for a resource you do need.


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