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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.


Settler (Type: Settlement)

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Building a Settler costs the same resources as building a Mill.  When you build a Settler, you must place it either into the empty basin of one of your Sea Ports (if you have one), or directly into the empty hold of one of your ships.  This ship must be located on a sea or coastal path adjacent to one of your Mills or Sea Ports.  You are never allowed to place a newly-built Settler on land. A ship with a Settler in its hold is called a Settler Ship.

  • A Settler occupies an entire Cargo hold or Holding Basin. If the spaces in the Sea Port basin and in an adjacent ship’s hold are occupied by other game pieces, you can build the Settler only if you remove one of the other game pieces from the basin or hold and return it to your supply. If you have no Sea Ports with empty basins or Ships with empty holds adjacent to a Mill or Sea Port of yours, you may not build a Settler. If a Settler is occupying a Cargo Hold or Holding Basin, no other pieces may be in that spot as well.
  • You are not allowed to move a Settler overland. Your Settlers can only transported by your ships.

Settlers do not have roofs. They may not harvest Resources or Commodities.



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