Is there strategy in Catan?

Let’s start by talking about some of the overall strategies you can take in Catan. The first strategy is the “Balanced Approach”. In this strategy you are simply trying to diversify your resources as much as possible by placing your settlements on a wide variety of resources, with a variety of different numbers.

Is Catan luck or strategy?

Luck is involved in Catan, anyone who has played with the player who won the game simply because they placed the first city on the tile connection between the 2 & the 11 and then made out like a bandit on the 2 scarce resource on the board knows that Catan has luck.

What is the most important resource in Catan?

In general, ore is the most valuable resource, followed by brick (with obvious caveats about this not being true in all situations).

What are the best numbers for Catan?

The means that building settlements and cities on 6s and 8s (red chits with 5 dots) have the highest probability of success when rolling while building on a 2 and 12 have the lowest. It is generally wise to build settlements on an intersection with a combination of high probability numbers.

Is there strategy in Catan? – Related Questions

How do you pick the best spot in Catan?

In every possible setup, the best spot is next to a 5 and/or a 9. Often it is also next to a 6 or 8. There might also be a tie for the best, in which case sometimes a spot not next to a 5 or 9 is also the best. The second best spot is also next to a 5 and/or a 9.

What happens when you roll a 12 in Catan?

So when a 12 is rolled, the 2 hex also receives production, when the 2 is rolled the 12 receives production. This effectively makes the 2 and 12 as common as the 3 and 11. We’ve found that this speeds the game, and livens it up in terms of resources but doesn’t shift the balance of the game at all.

What is the most common number to roll?

As you can see, 7 is the most common roll with two six-sided dice. You are six times more likely to roll a 7 than a 2 or a 12, which is a huge difference.

Here you go:
• A = 5.
• B = 2.
• C = 6.
• D = 3.
• E = 8.
• F = 10.
• G = 9.
• H = 12.

What is the rule of 7 in Catan?

When a player rolls 7, any player with eight or more cards must discard half of their Resource Cards. The discarded cards from all players go into a single pile of cards (similar to free parking in the game Monopoly). Players then roll to win the pile.

What does 7 mean in Catan?

If you roll a 7 on your turn in Catan, you activate the robber. Any player that has more than seven resource cards in their hand must return half of them (rounded down) to the resource stacks. That includes the person who activated the robber.

Why are the 6s and 8s red on Catan?

Red are 6 and 8 – the most rolled numbers. When placing your numbers at random, the red numbers can’t be adjacent. That’s it. Techically 7 is statistically the most rolled number given balanced dice.

What is a chit in Catan?

Catan chits fulfill different tasks in the individual scenarios. They can be applied as special victory points, serve as markers, or help to count the results. Many of the scenarios have goals other than expanding your principality. These goals can award a successful player Special Victory Points.

What do roads mean in Catan?

Basic Function

Although roads do not provide victory points, they are crucial for advancing in the game because new settlements can only be built next on an intersection adjacent to a road.

What is the point of building roads in Catan?

In Catan, players build roads to connect settlements and cities that produce natural resources used to build said roads, settlements, and cities. It is satisfying to lay down your road segments, construct your own settlement out of resources that you earned for yourself, and watch that settlement flourish into a city.

Can you put a settlement between two roads?

Perfectly valid play. Even more, you can play a settlement between two of another player’s roads (as long as you respect the distance rule and you also have a road leading to that intersection).

Can you build between someone else’s roads in Catan?

No. If you build a new road, it must always connect to one of your own roads, settlements, or cities.

Where can you not place roads in Catan?

Roads cannot be built through opponents’ settlements nor cities.

Can you win Catan on someone else’s turn?

You can only win during your turn. If somehow you find you have 10 victory points during another player’s turn, you must wait until your next turn to claim victory. Example: Siobhán has 2 settlements (2 points), the Longest Road special card (2 points), 2 cities (4 points), and 2 victory point cards (2 points).