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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.


Mill (Type: Settlement)

Enterprising individuals constructed windmills near the sea to take advantage of the brisk sea-breezes.  With walls of sturdy brick and giant sails of wood and cloth, these mills provided the power necessary to grind grains, weave cloth, and build furniture.

You may build a Mill directly.  Building a Community requires 3 Ore & 2 Grain. Mills must be constructed on coastal intersections, touching at least one sea hex.  They do not need to be built on a harbor or fish shoal.  While boats can depart from any type of coastal building, Ships can only load/unload/set sail from Mills and Sea Ports.

When you build your first settlement on a foreign island, you have three options:

  • Your first settlement may be connected to at least one of your previous buildings via one of your continuous trade routes, thus making the trade route “closed.”
  • You may build your first settlement by using a Settler Ship. Even though this settlement is disconnected from your other buildings, it is considered “legal,” just as if you had placed it there during the set-up part of the game.  However, Settler Ships may only build Mills. 

Once you have established your first settlement in this foreign island, you can build trade routes, round knights, and buildings there in a regular fashion.  However, you could also forgo trade-route building and build further mills with the aid of Settler Ships.

  • Each Mill has one (1) sloped roof, so it can harvest one (1) Resource Card.
  • Each Mill costs _____.


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