Prepare the Wooden Resource Tokens

Before you read this articleyou will need to know the following terms and definitions: 

Game(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A standalone version of Settlers of Catan, which can be played right out of the box without making additional purchases. There is only one standalone (base) game of Catan.
Expansion(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural.  An Catan game that cannot be played by itself. It must be used in conjunction with a standalone (base) game. The 5 & 6-player expansions are a good example of this.
Scenario(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A small set of playing pieces and instructions that can be added to normal Catan gameplay. It cannot be played by itself--it must be used in conjunction with a standalone (base) game. The "Oil Springs" scenario is a good example of this.
Variant(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A set of instructions for using the pieces from a Catan game or expansion in a new way. Most variants are fan-generated and require printing and cutting out new pieces.


  • Resource Tokens (Grain, Sheep, Brick, Stone, Lumber)

Resource Tokens


Resource and Commodity cards are critical to a good game and are easy to hide from other players, but they are also extremely easy to lose to others and poor dice rolls. Cardboard and Wooden Tokens, on the other hand, are visible to other players, not restricted in any way, and cannot be stolen (exempt from the robber, monopolizing, etc.).  The "greater than 7 cards" penalty applies only to cards. Tokens are not included in the card count.

However, Catan Cardboard Tokens and Wooden Tokens only represent Brick, Grain, Wood, Cloth, Gold, Oil, Fish, and Spice (Coin, Paper, and Cloth are represented by Commodity Cards).  Since these tokens are somewhat more valuable than cards, they also somewhat more difficult to acquire.  Unused tokens are kept in the bank’s supply, and delivered, spent, lost, or sequestered tokens go back to the bank or out of play altogether.

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