Catan FAQ

Catan FAQ

Catan, also known as The Settlers of Catan, is a popular board game that has captured the hearts of millions of players worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer to the world of Catan, you may have questions about the game's rules, expansions, and strategy. In this post, we aim to answer the most common questions about Catan.

How Many Roads Do You Start With?

In the initial building phase of Catan, each player places two settlements, each with one road attached, for a total of two roads.

How Does Longest Road Work?

Longest Road, worth 2 Victory Points, is awarded to the first player to build 5 connected roads. Longest Road can be stolen though! To steal longest road, a player must connect more roads than the current Longest Road holder. Note that tying the player is not enough! If two players have 5 consecutive connected roads, the player who built them first has the longest road.

Can I "Break" Longest Road?

Yes! If you build a settlement in the middle of another player's road, it is "broken." For purposes of Longest Road, their road has now been broken into 2 road segments.

The orange player broke up the blue player's 5 road segment long road.
Orange has broken Blue's road!

How Does the Robber Work?

The robber is a game piece used to block other players from earning resources. When a player rolls a 7, they must move the robber to any tile on the board and choose one player to rob, taking one of their resource cards.

How Do Development Cards Work?

Development cards can only be purchased on your turn, and they may not be played on the turn they were purchased. You may only play one development card per turn. Victory Point development cards do not need to be revealed until the owner of the card has reached ten victory points and won.

I hope you found this FAQ to be useful! I will be adding to this post/releasing more answers to common Catan questions in the future. Please contact me at [email protected] with any questions you would like to see answered in the future.