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  August 2010

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In This Issue
Wacky Wacky West™ Debut
Catan for MSSurface at GenCon
COW: Team Game Beta Testing
Era of Turmoil
Prof. Easy Quick Guide - SoA
GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier Winner
Event Updates
Quick Links
Recent Releases


Settlers of America:
Trails to Rails™


Catan Dice Game Deluxe™

Dice Game

Artisans & Benfactors™

Artisans & Benfactors

Catan Geographies: Germany™

Catan Portable Edition™

Catan: Traders & Barbarians™

                                              Game News
Wacky Wacky West™ Debuts at GenCon Indy!

The Mayfair team debuted Wacky Wacky West™ at GenCon Indy to a very warm reception. The demo table for Wacky was filled the entire show from Thursday through Sunday. GenCon gamers were the first to get there hands on a limited quantity of pre-release copies. The game officially releases some time in quarter 3 of this year.

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 about this new game on the product page at the link below:

Pre-orders available:

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

Also coming Q3:

         The Rivals for Catan(formerly the  2-player Catan Card Game™)
         The Settlers of Catan™ 15th Anniversary Edition

                                 Online/Electronic Game News
Catan for Microsoft Surface Beta at GenCon Indy!

MS Surface

Catan for Microsoft Surface was a big hit at GenCon Indy! Thousands of gamers crowded around the Surface to test drive the new beta version of Catan, as well as two different user interfaces. The Surface game has been creating a lot buzz in the media, landing coverage on Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Destructoid (Click to read stories).
Vectorform and Microsoft recently released a walk through video which highlights many of the new features and improvements made for the beta version. Click on the link below to see the video and learn more:

Look for Catan on the Microsoft Surface to appear next at PAX Prime in Seattler, WA this September(3-5)!

You can also follow more updates about Catan for MSSurface on the Catan facebook page as well as Vectorform's below:

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Update: Team Game in Beta Testing Phase!


On Wednesday, August 11, 2010 the beta version of the new variant "Theme Game" goes online. In this mode, 2 teams consisting of 2 players each compete against each other in Cities & Knights, Seafarers, and the diverse scenarios. The team game thus offers an interesting variation of the well-known Catan scenarios. The open beta test lasts for two weeks and gives interested players (with Premium account) the possibility to get a first impression of this new game variant.

What is a Team Game?
When you play the games of the Catan Online World, you normally play against one or more opponents (with one exception: Troy). A team game is an interesting variant where two teams, each consisting of two players, compete against each other. The team partners can view each other's resource and action cards, and they may give each other resources "for free." Team partners should thus support each other so as to win the game together.
How Do I Play a Team Game?
In the game manager, team games occupy a separate area - they can be found under "Catan Games," in the sub-folder "Team Games." All Seafarers and Cities & Knights scenarios of the Catan Board Game (except for the Basic Game, MultiCatan, and Troy) can be played. The players join a game in the usual fashion. When the program starts, the following pairs are formed based on the order in which the players joined the game: ABCD -> AC and BD. The seating plan is always fixed (no "DrawSeat" option is possible).

During set-up, you can also select the option "Trade Limit," which is available only for team games. If this option is activated, each team member may - on his turn - give his respective partner up to 3 resources only. It is, therefore, permitted to "give away" up to 3 resources in one direction and also to trade at a 1:1, 2:1, 2:2, 3:1, 3:2, and 3:3 rate in both directions within the team. Please note that the trade with the bank or the normal trade is not affected by this - the option only concerns the resource trade between members of the same team. If this option is not selected, the team members may trade resources with each other at will.

Inside the Game
You may view your team partner's resources and action cards in a tooltip by placing the mouse cursor over his resource status indicator or card status indicator.

By clicking on this tooltip, it is converted in a moveable window that permanently displays your partner's resources and action cards. This window is meant for players who have a large monitor with plenty of space next to the game area.

A team game ends when a player has reached the number of victory points required for the respective scenario. However, the team that has the most victory points wins the game. In case of a tie, the team finishing the game with the required number of victory points wins.
ELO Ranking
Each player has a consecutive ELO value for all team games. At the beginning, this value is 1,000.
To calculate a game result, a team ELO value is determined. This value corresponds to the ELO of the team member with the higher ELO value.


Team A - Player 1: 800 ELO
Team A - Player 2: 1,200 ELO
Team B - Player 1: 1,000 ELO
Team B - Player 2: 1,100 ELO

Team A thus has a team ELO value of 1,200 and team B a team ELO value of 1,100. Both ELO values are now incorporated into the given formula, and the result is subtracted from, or added to, the individual values of the players.
If team A wins, the following results are obtained:
Team A - Player 1: 811 ELO (+11)
Team A - Player 2: 1,211 ELO (+11)
Team B - Player 1: 989 ELO (-11)
Team B - Player 2: 1,089 ELO (-11)
Are the team games integrated into the monthly scores?
No. There is no monthly list, only the continuous ELO list.

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                                            Catanism Blog
Reform of the Catan Card Game - Part 7 on Catanism!
Read "Era of Turmoil" by Klaus Teuber on our blog

In part 7, Klaus Teuber dives deeper into the theme set "Era of Turmoil," introduced in part 5, by providing readers with an insightful background story.  The story presents confessions from a Sentinel named Heinrich, who is  in the thick of the action on the island of Catan. To find out more about the story, which gives insight into the theme set, follow the link below.

Read Klaus Teuber's post: Part 7 - Era of Turmoil

Read more blog posts from the entire Catan team here:


                                        Tutorials/Video Demos
Prof Easy Quick Guide -
Settlers of America: Trails to Rails

Our good old friend Professor Easy is doing the honors of teaching once more! His brand new quick guide explains the nuts and bolts of Klaus Teuber's latest game, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™.

To learn how to play Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ with Prof. Easy click the link below:

Prof. Easy Quick Guide - Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™

To learn more about  the Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ click here:

Settlers of America™ on

To buy Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ on click here:

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails on

                                              Gaming Events
GenCon Indy 2010 WWCC Qualifier Winner!

The Settlers have all settled, the dice have all been rolled, the robber is now barren and we have a winner. The second American WWCC Qualifier winner is David Zevin! David won a Pre-Qualifier at Strategicon earlier in the year and came in first at the final table on Sunday at Gen Con Indy to capture the final ticket t...o Germany. The players at the Final Four table were:

1) David Zevin

2) Heather Ash

3) Brian Mackoway

4) Josh Baker

David Zevin and Chris Bradley (the Origins 2010 winner) will be heading to Burg Wildenstein Castle, in Leibertingen, Germany in September to represent the US. Congratulation to all four of the final four players for making it to the final table and to David for his win!

Read more about the GenCon Indy WWCC qualifier tournament on:

Player Events and NACC Events Updates!

NACC 2011 We have a number of qualifier tournaments upcoming for our 2011 North American Catan Championship program. Below is a current listing of upcoming NACC events and Catan player events.

Be looking for announcements on more NACC Qualifiers in the coming months and visit our website ( or facebook page for more information on NACC tournaments and local Settlers of Catan Tournaments.

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NACC 2011 Events:

FanExpo Canada: August 27-29

Toronto, ON Canada
NACC Qualifier Event
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PAX Prime: September 3-5
Seattle, WA, USA
NACC Qualifier Event
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DragonCon: September 3-5
Atlanta, GA, USA
NACC Qualifier Event
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CharCon: October 22
Charleston, WV, USA
NACC Qualifier Event
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Catan Player Events 2010:

Board Game Barrister Catan Store Tournament: August 14

Glendale, WI
Catan Player Event
For details please visit:

Eureka Games - Settlers of Catan/America Demo Night: August 19
Brookline, MA
Catan Player Event
For details please visit:

Gnome Games Catan Store Tournament: September 5
Green Bay, WI
Catan Player Event
For details please visit:


Until next month...
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The Catan Team