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  November  2010

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In This Issue
Rivals for Catan is here!
Settlers of America nominated in GAMES 100
Big 50 Contest!
COW Update
Catan in the Media
NACC at Chi-Tag
NACC Event Updates
Quick Links
Recent Releases

2010

The Rivals of Catan™



Wacky Wacky West™

Wacky

Settlers of America:
Trails to Rails™

SoA

2009

Catan Dice Game Deluxe™

Dice Game

Artisans & Benefactors™

Artisans & Benfactors

Catan Geographies: Germany™



Catan Portable Edition™

 
2008
Catan: Traders & Barbarians™


                                               New Releases
The Rivals for Catan is here!

 The Rivals for Catan™ is available now online and at your local game store! This 2 Player Card Game is an updated re-release of the Catan Card Game.  It is the perfect way for 2 players to settle and develop the mysterious, fantastic land of Catan in a casual, ever-changing card game.  Easy to pack up and take with you, the game plays in about 45 minutes. The Rivals for Catan™ is a great way to visit Catan when time is short. The Rivals is a 2 player game intended for players over the age of 10. The game has a 45 minute playtime

For more information on this new game, visit the product page on mayfairgames.com here:

MFG3131 The Rivals for Catan™

If you'd like to see what comes inside the box or learn how to play, please visit our Prof. Easy tutorial for The Rivals of Catan™ here:

http://www.profeasy.com/Rivals-for-Catan/

You can also play The Rivals of Catan in the Catan Online World on Playcatan.com here:
http://www.playcatan.com/cow-instructions/rivals-for-catan.html








Settlers of America gets nominated for Best Family Strategy Game!

The December 2010 issue of GAMES magazine features the Traditional GAMES 100 list of the 100 Best Games of the Year.  Catan Histories: Settlers of America - Trails to Rails™  was nominated for Best Family Strategy Game. In addition, Catan: The First Island™ was chosen for the GAMES 100 App list, earning runner-up in the Apps Category.

Congratulations to Mayfair Games, who recieved nominations for four other games: The list included Ablaze!™ (Family Category) by Heinrich Glumpler, Atlantis™ (Family Category) by Leo Colovini, The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel™ (Family Strategy Category) by Stefan Feld, and World Without End™ (Family Strategy Category) by Michael Rieneck and Stefan Stadler.




                                 Settlers of America Contest
Last Chance to Enter the Settlers of America
Big 50 Contest!


This is your last chance to enter the Settlers of America Big 50 Contest! Take your best catan-themed photograph atThis contest is all about Catan and American history. We'd like to see gamers from all 50 states show us their best Catan-themed photo, shot in a historical or significant US location that is local to their state of residence.

The contest will officially will close at midnight on Sunday November 28th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, 2010. The contest will be open only to US residents. Contestants should submit their entry in the following manner:
  • Include the state you're representing, a short description of your Catan-theme, and place depicted in your photo.
  • Make sure to put the tag/phrase "Settlers of America Contest" in the description as well.
For more information on the contest, please visit:
http://mayfairgames.com/news.php?id=82

All the contest action will be happening on our Facebook fan page here:
http://www.facebook.com/settlersofcatan







                                 Online/Electronic Game News
Update to the Catan Online World!

Catan Online World

In the beginning of November, we made several updates and added new features  to the Catan Online World. The updates include:

Password protected games: The host of a game can now set a random password. Only players can join this game, who know this password and enter it correctly. This can be used, for example, in community tournaments, if only specific players are allowed to join this game.

"Go To"-Function: In the  language options (face) in the List of Friends (green bar) you will find this new function. With that you can jump directly to this player if he is in the same city or in a game. This function will be extended later to also jump to players, who are in another city, but in the tavern.

Card Classification: In the new game "Rivals for Catan" expansions and city expansions are marked with an additional hint in the tooltip to better distinguish these cards from each other.

To play Catan online for free and learn more about the new "The Rivals for Catan™" online game, visit: www.playcatan.com





                                            Media Coverage
Catan and Games in the Media!

Pulp Gamer PGOC 143: Games To Be Thankful For
http://www.pulpgamer.com/outofcharacter/135082/pgoc-143-games-to-be-thankful-for/

 Washingtonpost.com - A Quest for Territory(A piece about Catan):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/11/17/VI2010111704043.html

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ nominated for Best Family Strategy game by GAMES magazine:
http://mayfairgames.com/news.php?id=85

Settlers of America: Trails to Rails™ White Glove Demo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MEsDIdL9BM

The Christian Science Monitor article on How to Host a Game Night:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Simple-Dollar/2010/0930/How-to-host-a-games-night

 

Facebook statistics show that women love games 2-1 over men:

http://richardbliss.typepad.com/game_whisperer/2010/07/facebook-stats-women-interested-in-board-games-2-to-1-over-men.html

 

Rich Sommers of "Mad Men" is a gamer:

http://thegaminggang.com/2010/10/mad-man-rich-sommer-loves-board-games/

 

BoardGameNews reviews Settlers of America: Trails to Rails:

http://boardgamenews.com/gamereview/settlers-america-trails-rails

 

OnBoardGames reviews Wacky Wacky West:

http://onboardgames.net/

 

 




                                              Gaming Events
NACC Qualifier at Chi-Tag - Chicago Navy Pier!


Over the weekend, we hosted a NACC Qualifier at Chi-Tag, the Chicago Toy and Game fair at Navy Pier.  We had a great weekend at the show. There was lots of gaming and plenty of intense competition at the NACC qualifier. In all, there were 36 contestants but it was Quentin Weir who emerged victorious in the end. He'll be traveling to Gen Con Indy 2011 to compete for the title of North American Catan Champion. We'd also like to congratulate the other finalists in the tournament. They are Ken Gruhl, Alfred Wong and Wes Torres. Thanks to everyone for a great show and an intense qualifier!

You can view some pictures from the show on our Facebook page at the link below:
http://on.fb.me/gblwte


                             


NACC Events Updates!

NACC 2011 Be looking for announcements on more NACC Qualifiers in the coming months and visit our website (www.mayfairgames.com/events) or facebook page for more information on NACC tournaments.

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NACC 2011 Events in 2011:

 

Cat & Mouse: Jan. 22, Feb. 6 & 26, Mar. 19

Chicago, IL, USA

NACC Pre-Qualifying Events

For details please visit: cat-n-mouse.com/catan.asp

 

WolfCon: November 26-28

Chicago, IL, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: wolfcon.org

 

Uncle's Games: Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19

Washing State, USA, various locations

NACC Pre-Qualifing Events

For details please visit: unclesgames.com

 

Cat & Mouse: Jan. 22, Feb. 6 & 26, Mar. 19

Chicago, IL, USA

NACC Pre-Qualifying Events

For details please visit: cat-n-mouse.com/catan.asp


Capricon XXXI: Feb. 10-13

Wheeling, IL, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: capricon.org

 

Game Summit: February 18-20

Nepean, ON, Canada

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: gamesummit.ca

 

PrezCon: Feb. 23-27

Charlottesville, VA, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit:  prezcon.com

 

Total Confusion: February 24-27

Mansfield, MA, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: totalcon.com

 

PAX East: Mar. 11-13

Boston, MA, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: paxsite.com/paxeast/index.php

 

Gamers Adventure Cruise: Mar. 27 - Apr. 3

Leaving from Tampa, FL USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: gameradventures.com/caribbean.htm

KublaCon: May 27-30

Burlingame, CA, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: kublacon.com

 

National Eurogames Championships: May 27-30

Bethesda, MD, USA

NACC Qualifying Event

For details please visit: nec-dc.com


 


 



Until next month...
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Sincerely,

The Catan Team