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   June 2010

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In This Issue
New Games from Klaus Teuber
Catan for iPad
New COW installer
Translations and More...
In the Name of Heros Contest
Family Night Podcast 018
Event Updates
Quick Links
Recent Releases

Catan Dice Game Deluxe™

Dice Game

Artisans & Benfactors™

Artisans & Benfactors

Catan Geographies: Germany™

Catan Portable Edition™

Catan: Traders & Barbarians™

                                              Game News
New Games from Klaus Teuber this July!

All of us on the Catan team are excited for the summer releases of Klaus Teuber's  Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™(July 15) and Wacky Wacky West™(July 22)! Read more about these games which celebrate historical American western themes below.

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ - Street Date July 15, 2010:

Settlers of AmericaThe Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™  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!
This new addition to the Catan Histories series of games 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....

Read more on the product page on (link below)

Pre-orders available:
Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ (3-4 players, ages 10+, 60-90 minutes, approx. $55, will be available only in English from Mayfair Games)

Wacky Wacky West™ - Street Date July 22 2010:

Wacky Wacky West In Wacky Wacky West™ you and your fellow townsfolk place track tiles, street tiles, and river tiles hoping to destroy your rivals' buildings. Every time someone tries to build over a precious outhouse, the town votes! You try to enlist your supporters (represented by cards) to vote.

Read more on the product page on (link below)

Pre-orders available:
Wacky Wacky West™ (2-4 players, ages 8+, 30-45 minutes, approx. $35)

                                 Online/Electronic Game News
Catan for iPad: Now accepting Beta applications

StarshipDevelopment of the highly anticipated iPad game "Catan" has entered the final stage: Exozet Games and USM Publishing invite you to apply for the Beta.

You can soon play the new conversion of the board game classic "The Settlers of Catan" on your iPad!

But you don't have to wait until the official release: Apply now and be one of the first to have a closer look at the Beta! We welcome your opinion and your know-how as long-time fans of Catan to further improve this classic's debut on the iPad.

Catan for iPad is, like its predecessor for iPhone, an exact replica of Catan, the top-selling board game. Intuitive controls allow you to manage your settlements with ease - but do you have what it takes to beat the clever AI opponents? Each of them challenges you with unique tactics.

A comprehensive tutorial will allow those new to Catan to get into the game quickly while well-arranged statistics offer valuable orientation on the progress of the game.

Curious? Click here to apply for the Beta of "Catan" for iPad!

New COW installer for Mac and Linux


Effective immediately, the COW client V3-1.680 replaces the older version 3-1.657 for Mac OS X and Linux.

Using the English client frequently resulted in a rather slow program startup compared to the German version. Under certain adverse conditions this could even lead to the point that the client refused to start up, showing a Java related error message.

Unfortunately, at this time the affected faulty files can not be replaced by the automatic update procedure. Especially players using the English client version should by all means download and install the new program version.

[To the download for Mac OS X] | [To the download for Linux]

                                            Catanism Blog
New Catanism blog post - "Translations and More..."

Read "Translations and more..." the first blog entry from Gavin Allister, our community manager and German-English translator!

Visit the Catanism blog to read the first entry from our German-to-English translator and COW community manager Gavin Allister.

In this post, Gavin recounts the story of how he became an integral part of the Catan team. Read the complete post  to find out more about how  translation projects turned into a full-time position as our official translator and COW community manager.

Read more on the Blog at the link below:

"Translations and More..." on Catanism

In the Name of the Heroes - Prize Drawing for the Card Game!

In fall of 2010, a completely revised version of the Catan Card Game for 2 players will be published.

In celebration, we are holding a prize drawing where participants can win a 3D-Catan, 4x "The Settlers of America," and 5x the Catan Dice Game Deluxe Edition.

Klaus Teuber talked about the development of the new Catan Card Game™ in (so far) five blog posts at Catanism -

In part 5 of these blog posts, 36 cards were presented, among them six "Heroes of Catan" whose names were blackened out - the protagonists of Rebecca Gablé's Catan novel.

The solution word for our prize drawing is composed of a sequence of single letters, using one letter from each of the names of our heroes:

Letter 4 of the name of the character with the book.
Letter 2 of the name of the character with the axe.
Letter 2 of the name of the character with the raven.
Letter 4 of the name of the character with the sword.
Letter 3 of the name of the character with the hammer.
Letter 2 of the name of the character with the sickle.

If you have read the novel "Die Siedler von Catan" ("The Settlers of Catan") by Rebecca Gablé, it shouldn't be difficult for you to correctly assign the names of the characters. You probably also saw the solution word in the novel.

For all those of you who didn't read the book, we hid some hints on Don't worry - if you look around attentively, you can hardly overlook the hints.
Conditions of Participation

Only residents of Europa and North America (USA and Canada) are eligible to participate, since the prizes can only be shipped to these two regions. Please send the correct solution word as e-mail subjectto

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it indicating your country of residence. Wrong solutions, solutions without information about the participant's country of origin, or solutions from countries outside Europe and North America do not participate in the prize drawing.
Deadline: July 21st, 2010 at midnight (Central European Time).

There is no recourse to legal action. If we receive more than 10 correct solutions, the winners will be determined at random. E-mail notifications shall be sent to winners for their complete addresses. Provided that the respective winners do not object, their names and the names of their cities of residence will be published in be. Staff members or Personel of Catan GmbH, KOSMOS, Catan LLC, and Mayfair Games, Inc. as well as their family members are prohibited from participation.

Who are these little guys?

Over the past couple months we have had some special visitors to our Facebook pages. Please visit our Catan and Mayfair games Facebook page walls to see more of these "Catanimals":

The Settlers of Catan Facebook Page

Mayfair Games Facebook Page

More details coming soon!

                                                 Podcasts's Family Night Podcast -
PGFN018: Developing Strategy!

In this episode, our friends at talk about strategy and tactics in games, the differences between them, how they are applied in games, and how much fun it is to stay sharp.

Go on a "Catan Adventure" with the Pulpgamer team as they discuss the various strategies and tactics present in Candamir: The First Settlers™ and Elasund:The First City™.

Please enjoy "PGFN018: Developing Strategy" by following the link below:

PGFN018: Developing Strategy

To learn more about Candamir™ and Elasund™, visit the Prof. Easy tutorials on

Candamir™ Tutorial

Elasund™ Tutorial

                                              Gaming Events
Player Events and WWCC Events Updates!

Here is a list of upcoming WWCC (World Wide Catan Championship) events for 2010. Please visit our website for more information

World Wide Catan Championship Events 2010:

Cape Fear Games WWCC Pre-Qualifiers - Jun 10,12,19, 2010
Winner travels to GenCon Indy WWCC Qualifier
3608 Oleander Dr. Ste. Wilmington, NC, USA

Game Summit Eastern Canadian WWCC Pre-Qualifiers - Jun 12, 2010
Winner will go to Kingston in July for the WWCC Eastern Canada Qualifier
Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario

Minotaur Games Eastern Canadian WWCC Pre-Qualifiers - Jun 12, 2010
Winner will go to Kingston in July for the WWCC Eastern Canada Qualifier
KingCon Confederation Place Hotel
237 Ontario St.
Kingston, ON

Hugin & Munin Eastern Canadian WWCC Pre-Qualifiers - Jun 19, 2010
Winner will go to Kingston in July for the WWCC Eastern Canada Qualifier
Hugin & Munin
1664 Tecumseh Rd. East
Windsor, ON

Origins Game Fair: June 23-27
WWCC Qualifier Event
Winner travels to Germany for the WWCC 2010
For details on Origins please visit:
GenCon Indy: August 5-8
WWCC Qualifier Event
Winner travels to Germany for the WWCC 2010
For details on GenCon Indy please visit:

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 Championship 2010
Burg Wildenstein Castle, 88637 Leibertingen, Germany

Until next month...
Thank you for reading the Catan News Wire. We appreciate your readership!


The Catan Team