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In the Settlers of Catan, you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich island of Catan. Start by revealing the island's many port sites and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. (The board is formed from hexagonal tiles, 19 of which form the island regions; the other 18 form the surrounding seas and coastline with its ports, so the board varies with each play.)
Then embark on a quest to settle the island. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Instead of money, you use combinations of resources - grain, wool, ore, brick, and timber - to purchase development cards or build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades or the luck of the dice. But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly! And you never know when the robber will appear and steal away with your precious gains!
The game can be expanded to accommodate 5 or 6 players, and has four larger expansions with which you can extend game play in different directions.
Contents: 37 hexagonal region tiles, 20 wooden settlement pieces in 4 colours, 16 wooden city pieces in 4 colours, 60 wooden road pieces in 4 colours, 95 resource cards, 25 development cards, 4 building cost cards, 2 special bonus cards, 18 die cut counters, 2 six-sided dice, 1 wooden pawn.