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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.


If you need to perform any of the following, you must request a delay.  Before the delay begins, all other players must agree to the delay, and the Timekeeper (see Phase 12) must pause the timekeeping device.  All players must then agree not to continue the game until an agreed-upon point in the future.


  • Use the restroom
  • Eat a meal
  • Consult these instructions
  • Repair a damaged game component
  • Answer a phone call, text message, email, or other communication
  • Complete homework
  • Perform job-related duties
  • Change a diaper

You may not request a delay for “thinking” about your turn, or to “consult” with other players or observers. After the delay has ended, the timekeeper must resume the timekeeping device.


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