**Top 6 Catan Strategies for Turning Your Losing Streak Around**

- Settling Into Catan.
- Don’t Play Resources, Play the Odds.
- Balance Longest Road with Additional More Resources.
- Respect the Development Cards.
- Monopolize and Conquer.
- Trade Big or Trade with the Bank.
- Plan Ahead for Your Last Two to Three Points.

## 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?

Younger Americans, who are more familiar with Settlers of Catan, categorize it as **skill-based (26%) over luck-dependent (11%)**. Skill aside, the cards don’t always play in your favor, and not every game is fair: some people admit to cheating.

## 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.

**What is the best strategy in Settlers of Catan? – Related Questions**

## What is the best places to start in Catan?

**Consider Placing Your Initial Settlements Close Together**.

This is a fairly strong tactic for going for Longest Road. Having your settlements around four roads apart can be advantageous as it keeps them close enough to easily be able to join the gap. On that note, don’t place them three apart.

## How do I choose a starting 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 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.

## What is the best dice number?

Because the **7** has the greatest number of combinations (six), it is the number that has the potential to come up most often, which is why 7 is the magic number in craps.

## How do you lay numbers in Catan?

You turn the land tiles upside down during set up. You then place all the number chits upside down on the land tiles. Everyone places their cities and roads and then you turn everything face up.

## What are the numbers in Catan?

**Here you go:**

- A = 5.
- B = 2.
- C = 6.
- D = 3.
- E = 8.
- F = 10.
- G = 9.
- H = 12.

## 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 do the dots mean Catan?

In some versions of the Settlers, there are little dots on each of production circles that indicate how often that number comes up, and the dots correspond exactly to the odds above — **1 dot on the 2 and the 12, 2 dots on the 3 and 11, and so on**.

## How many rolls is the average Catan game?

Over time, over a period of rolls, the numbers will even out so that 7 is the most common number rolled. That being said, the average game of Catan apparently lasts for **80 rolls**. That’s 20 turns in a four-player game, or 20 rolls each.

## 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.

## Can you roll a 7 on the first roll of Catan?

Game play will proceed according to official The Settlers of Catan rules with the following exception: **If a 7 is rolled in the first two rounds of play, it will be rerolled once**. The purpose of this rule is to help prevent a player from getting randomly hosed too early in the game.

## What is the longest Catan game ever played?

The current record sits at about **61 hours**. Another attempt made it to 68 hours, but it didn’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. As part of the official Guinness rules, all three players must be present around the game at all times.

## How long is the average Settlers of Catan game?

Catan is a board game for two to four players in which you compete to gather resources and build the biggest settlements on the fictional island of Catan. It takes approximately **one hour** to play.

## How long does it take to finish a game of Catan?

The base game of Catan is for three to four players and takes around **60-90 minutes** to play (just like Monopoly), time varies depending on the number of players and experience levels. Settlers of Catan is a strategy game which is easy for beginners to play while also being challenging enough for experienced players.

## How long is an average Catan game?

Catan Board Game (Base Game) | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Adventure Board Game | Ages 10+ | for 3 to 4 Players | Average Playtime **60 Minutes** | Made by Catan Studio.

## What is the difference between Catan and Settlers of Catan?

The game’s rules are essentially unchanged for the new edition, although **Catan’s rebranding comes with various cosmetic changes**. Most of the game art has been redesigned, including new tile, card, and box cover art. Card backs themselves will be the same as the previous Settlers edition.