The History of Settlers of Catan


The below link is a great article on Wired Magazine’s website. It talks about this history of one of my favorite board games, Settlers of Catan. It is a great read for any board game enthusiast.

Here are some of my highlights:

  • Interesting view into Klaus Teuber and the making of Settlers.
  • How Parker Brothers had to change the rules for German Risk to get it from not being banned by the German Government for encouraging imperialist and militaristic impulses in the nation’s youth.
  • Hasbro is working to keep their legacy games (e.g., Monopoly, Risk) competitive with the German-style games.
  • In 2007, Teuber launched the English- language version of
  • An awesome quote from Teuber – “The secret of Catan is that you have to bargain and sometimes whine.” I am the King of ‘Catan Whine’.

Check out the article yourself:

BTW, the photos are  from Origins 2008. Myself, Trask, and another gaming friend tried out the MONSTER Catan. It was a lot of fun. And I was VICTORIOUS!

Mega-Catan Ground Level

Happy gaming,


Stuart Greenwell

My first experiences with serious gaming came from the Hero Quest board game. I then made the next step to the RoboTech RPG and a lunchtime meeting of AD&D Oriental Adventures. My interests now are pretty much the same. Boardgames and RPGS. Some of my favorites boardgames are currently Settlers of Catan, Battlestar Galactica, and Space Alert. For RPGS, it is Monte Cook's Cypher System. But I am always down for a good round of Dungeons & Dragons.

4 thoughts on “The History of Settlers of Catan

  • April 8, 2009 at 7:57 am

    The future of gaming and an excellent pastime. Fewer arguments and more fun. Enjoyed your photos.

  • April 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I played a game of Giant Catan at my first GenCon (2006?). I pulled out a win. It was great fun. Haven’t played in a while.

  • April 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    That’s just cause I suck at Catan Haaldaar. Though the giant board was sweet.

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