May 25, 2021 – The classic board game is getting a high in demand upgrade. A 3D Settlers of Catan is coming and it is fantastic. This is not entirely new, the three-dimensional elements of the quarries, forests, mountains, plains and pastures were designed by creator Klaus Teuber himself.
You can pre-order the game now with a shipping and release date of August 2021! To pick up the game, you just need to fork over the hefty price tag of $300. Yes, it is actually called Catan 3D Edition, but it will always be Settlers of Catan to us.
All of the terrain is hand painted for stunning color, and intricately designed player pieces are antiqued for a look that is full of history and character. This is not the first time a 3D version of CATAN has been released. In 2005, a special collector’s 3D edition of what was then called The Settlers of Catan was released. Ever since, the growing popularity and reach of the game has increased fan demand for a new 3D edition.
Settlements grow up from fertile grain fields and cities nestle into the sides of majestic mountains. You can almost hear the sheep baa-ing in their pastures.
Settlers of Catan, which was rebranded as just “Catan” a decade or so ago, is one of the most popular board games in existence and is credited with ushering in the modern era of board games when it was released in 1995.
You need to grow your empire. Each game is completely different because all the resource tiles and numbers on them are changed and randomized each game. These control everything. You need to build settlements and cities to gain resources that are going to let you build even more and ultimately lead to victory points for the win. Every turn starts with the roll of two dice and that number corresponds to one of five resource types on the board. If you have a presence on that tile (or tiles) you get that resource. For 3 – 4 players, games run about 45 minutes.
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The game is still going strong. In it’s 20+ years it has released over 15 expansions of varying sizes including the recently released Treasures, Dragons & Adventures dropped last month. The game is still sold everywhere and puts up record numbers.
As much as a hobby gamer will tell you that Catan has passed and there is better out there, they would be wrong, the game is good and it holds up. It still hits the top of every one’s games to start your board game collection and is still the gold standard in gateway options.
In its release year, it won the coveted Spiel des Jahres award, the best board game of the year award given out in Germany and the most prestigious one out there. It is still believed all these years later, that that was one of the most impactful winners in the award’s history.