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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.


Appoint Timekeeper

At this time, select a player who agrees to become the Timekeeper.  This player must either possess a device capable of counting up in increments of seconds, or must be capable of operating such a device that is given to him.  This player will be responsible for starting, pausing, resuming, and stopping the timekeeping device, as well as recording the total amount of time (rounded down to the nearest second) your turn took.  The Timekeeper may perform his duties for multiple turns, but the Timekeeper may not “keep time” during his own turn.

Begin Counting

Once the Timekeeper has been appointed and readied the timekeeping device, the Timekeeper will start the device counting up, while simultaneously announcing, “Start!”  At this point, you may immediately continue to the next step of your turn.


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