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March 2010

In This Issue
Connect with us!
Settlers of America is Coming this Summer!
Relaunch of home site
Catan Card Game Redesign Parts 2 & 3
Family Night Podcast
WWCC 2010 Pre-Qualifiers Report
Catan in the News
Event Updates
2009/2008 Releases
Quick Links
Catan Dice Game
Deluxe Edition
Out Now!
Catan Dice Game Deluze

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Settlers of America is Coming this Summer!

Settlers of AmericaAnnouncing the latest addition to the Catan Histories line, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails! This new game combines the two strongest categories of the Mayfair Games product line, train games and Catan games, to create the first ever Catan train gaming experience! Look for this exciting new Catan and Mayfair Games title to hit stores this summer in June 2010!

The 19th Century has arrived and Americans are heading west to make their fortune. Wagon trains are forming up and heading out to settle new lands and build new cities. These new cities will need railroad lines to bring in new people and necessary goods. As the population grows, resources will dwindle and the smart players seek new resources, fresh building sites, and untapped markets. Finance your settlers as they head west to build the cities of tomorrow. Link these cities with rails of steel and operate your railroad to supply the townsfolk with goods. To the west lie lands to settle and fortunes to be made!

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails utilizes the familiar Catan hex-tile grid to present a map of the United States. Players collect and trade resources, in order to purchase, migrate and build settlements, forge railroads and acquire locomotives. Railroads are used to distribute goods to the interconnected cities. As westward locations are settled, old sources of
resources deplete. The addition of gold adds to the depth of play and increases options for the players.

As this point Settlers of America will be available only in English from Mayfair Games. (3-4 players, ages 10+, 60-90 minutes, approx. $55)

Pacifica Relaunch of the Playcatan Website!

On Monday, February 22, we launched our completely revised PlayCatan website, now separating the English pages at from the German ones at Even though the visual appearance of the new website may not seem very different at first glance - the internal changes could not have been more drastic.

The new site features a more comprehensible structure, containing sections for the Browser Games, the Catan Online World, and the computer game "Catan - Cities & Knights." The respective game instructions, statistics, or download pages are directly accessible, without having to search for them somewhere else.

The icing on the cake is that each and every web page now has a readable, recognizable address without cryptic numerical sequences. Who would have thought that,en_US/

simply stood for the Catan Online World instructions? The new URL

obviously displays this in a much more friendly way. is open for visits - please feel free to drop by!

Catan Card Game Redesign Parts 2, 3, and 4!
Read even more from Klaus Teuber himself about the history and future of the Catan Card Game! Also, read a new post from our PlayCatan community manager, Jim Plane!

Dive deeper into the story behind the Catan Card Game and the future plans for the re-design in parts two and three of The Reform of the Card Game 2010 by Klaus Teuber.

Part 2 - Expanding the Card Game addresses the history of Catan Card Game expansions. The blog entry begins discussing the first card game expansion, the "Tournament Set" released in 1997, and concludes with the most recent "Artisans & Benefactors" expansion. You can read more about how the card game was expanded at the link below:

Part 3 - First Concept and Development discusses five of the most important issues with the card game that needed to be addressed in the re-design. The entry also explains how solutions to these problems lead to splitting the game into a basic game with theme sets for the re-release. This new arrangement essentially turns one game into four! Read more about this entry at the link below:

Part 4 - History of Catan and Illustration recounts history of Catan and the the  new card illustrations by Michael Menzel influenced by this history. This installment covers the fictitious Catanian History from Rebecca Gable's German novel, Catanian architecture, and how these two elements helped Michael Menzel create the new city card for the card game reform.

Also, read part 3 of our community manager, Jim Plane's  "To Germany and Back: An American's Quest for Opponents - Part 3"
's Family Night Podcast!

Listen to this podcast from about the Catan Dice Game and replayabilty!

Our friends at have launched a podcast series called "Family Night"! In PGFN007: Replayability the guys discuss the value of buying a board game versus other forms of entertainment. Both the Catan Dice Game and the Pillar's of the Earth from Mayfair Games are used as the focus of discussing this topic. Follow the link below to hear the podcast:

Uncle's gamesWWCC 2010: The Road to the Qualifiers

Congratulations to all the winners of the recent WWCC pre-qualifiers!

U.S. WWCC: Recently Total Confusion, New England's largest gaming convention, wrapped up its 2010 show. The convention hosted a Worldwide Catan Championship Pre-Qualifier and twenty-four Catanimals competed for a free trip to the Origins Game Fair, a chance to represent the United States at the Worldwide Catan Championships in German...y in September and bragging rights. Congratulations go to Charles Faella of Peacedale, RI, for his victory and to the three other finalists: Amanda Parenteau, Jeremy Boviard and Jessica Sleeter. Thanks also go to all the other players who participated. There are still a number of WWCC Pre-Qualifiers coming up in the next few months; we hope you have a chance to get into one of them and win your seat at the table. Check the upcoming events section in the left column of this page.

Western Canadian WWCC:
The Western Canadian WWCC continues on as Pendragon Games & Hobbies just wrapped it's WWCC pre-qualifier. Congratulations to Paul Dveck & Thomas Sawatzky winners of the Pendragon  WWCC Pre-Qualifier! They will move on to the Western Canadian WWCC Qualifier at CalCon 2010 in March to compete for a chance to travel to Germany for the WWCC 2010!

Look for more news about the WWCC pre-qualifying rounds coming up as we approach the qualifier beginning this summer!

Catan in the News

Catan in the UK's Times Online - Silicon Valley's high-flyers prefer to play a board game:

From the Emory Wheel - Dominating the World through a Board Game:

In the Providence Journal - Gamers gathering in Mansfield, Mass.:
From the Queen University's The Journal - Not Just Any Board Game:

Player Events and WWCC Events Updates!


Mayfair Games has added several new pre-qualifying rounds to the 2010 World Wide Catan Championship program. Below is a listing of upcoming WWCC events, several new events have been added recently. Please visit the Mayfair Games website for complete event details and more WWCC and general gaming event information:

Player Events

Catan WWCC Events

World Wide Catan Championship Events 2010:

All The Kings Men WWCC Pre-Qualifiers: March 27, 2010(Final)
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Final Event
Winner travels to Origins 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Location: All the King's Men Chess & Games
62 S. Broadway - Pitman , NJ 08071

CalCon - Western Canadian WWCC Q - March 27, 2010
Western Canadian WWCC Qualifier - CalCon 2010
Winner travels to WWCC 2010 in Germany!
Location: CalCon 2010 Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport
Calgary, Alberta

PAX East - WWCC Pre-Qualifier March 26-28, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier
Location: Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Caribbean Gamer Cruise: March 28-April 4, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Event
Winner travels to GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Join Gamer Adventures and Mayfair Games aboard the Carnival "Glory" for gaming, cruising, and a WWCC pre-qualifier!

Board Game Barrister WWCC Feeder: April 10, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Feeder Event
Winner moves on to  the Gnome Games 2010 WWCC Pre-Qualifier
Location: Board Game Barrister
Glendale, WI

Chaoticon 19 WWCC Feeder: April 11, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Feeder Event
Winner moves on to  the Gnome Games 2010 WWCC Pre-Qualifier
Location: Chaoticon
Green Bay, WI

Gnome Games WWCC Pre-Qualifier: April 24, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Event
Winner travels to GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Location: Gnome Games Tournament Center
2160 Ridge Road
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304

Anime Central - The Thirteenth: May 14-16, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Event - Memorial Day Weekend
Winner travels to GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

An Con: Another Game Convention May 21-23, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Event
Winner travels to Origins 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Clarion Inn Hudson
240 East Hine Hill Road Hudson, OH 44236

Strategicon/Gamex: May 28-31, 2010
WWCC Pre-Qualifier Event - $10 Entrance Fee
Winner travels to GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier
Location: Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Airport
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90045

UK Games Expo June 4-6, 2010
WWCC Qualifier Event sponsored by Heron Games
Winner travels to Germany for the WWCC 2010!
Location: The Clarendon Suites
Edgbaston, Birmingham B16

World Wide Catan Championship - Sept 17-20, 2010 Leibertingen, Germany
WWCC Finals - Winners from both Origins and GenCon Indy travel to Germany to compete in the World Wide Catan Cahmpionship 2010
Burg Wildenstein Castle, 88637 Leibertingen, Germany

Games Available Now!

Catan Dice GameCatan Dice Game Deluxe Edition 
Discover, explore, and settle Catan anywhere and anytime, with the brand new Catan Dice Game Deluxe Edition.

Catan Dice Game Deluxe Edition

Artisans & BenefactorsArtisans & Benefactors 
The 7th Catan Card Game Expansion Set! The seventh expansion to Klaus Teuber's Catan Card Game™ is now available! The Artisans & Benefactors Expansion Set™ contains 30 new cards that can help you enhance the "happiness" of your principality's residents. Visit the product page for more information.

Artisans & Benefactors

Catan Geographies: GermanyCatan Geographies: Germany 
Explore and settle the storied land of Germany using the elegant, award-winning game design from The Settlers of Catan®. Here, you will find great social interaction, simple rules, beautiful German geography, rich history and lore, and 12 wonderfully-sculpted landmarks.  Catan Geographies: Germany is a game about trade, building, and settlement. Start with town halls in 3 cities.

Catan Geographies: Germany

Catan Portable EditionCatan Portable Edition
This Portable Edition is perfect for friends or family on the move or away from home. The playing pieces peg securely into place. All the cards and accessories fit into the tray in the compact game box. So, whether you're hanging out at a school or a coffee shop, cruising on the road, riding the rails, outside in windy wilds, or simply stuck in a tight place, you and your friends can now enjoy The Settlers of Catan!

Catan Portable Edition

2008 Releases

Catan Traders & BarbariansCatan: Traders & Barbarians
Immerse yourself in the world of Catan with this rich set of 4 variants and 5 compelling linkable scenarios.

For more information about Catan: Traders & Barbarians please visit the product page below:

Catan: Traders and Barbarians.

Until next month...
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The Catan Team