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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.





As time went by, the city inhabitants tired of constant threats from the barbarians and the robber. What could they do to make their lives easier? The solution was to use some of their surplus resources to improve the fortifications around their buildings, to make them impervious to the heathens outside of their settlements, towns, and cities, and to make themselves self-sufficient to ensure continued production, in case of disaster. As a result, people built walls.

Walls are low, square wooden blocks that you can place beneath your towns and cities—but not your settlements.  If you prefer, you can use the more realistic walls available on  To build a wall, you must pay 2 Brick resources (any combination of cards or tokens) to the bank.  Place the wall under any town or city you own on the board.  There are three restrictions on the placement of walls:

  • You may place a wall under any one of your towns or cities (of any type, at any location), but you may not place a wall under a Settlement or Outpost.
  • You may not place more than one wall under any one of your buildings.
  • If you are playing with the wooden squares, you may only have 3 of your walls on the board at any given time (because that is as many as you have). If you are playing with pieces purchased from spielematerial, it is recommended that you only use 3 walls.

Each wall you control on the board (each wall you have placed under one of your cities) increases the maximum number of resource/commodity cards (oil cards?) you can safely hold in your hand when a Production Number of “7” is resolved.  Each wall adds 2 cards to your “safe” personal supply limit.

Example: If you have 2 cities, each with a wall, you may safely hold up to 11 cards in your hand without having to discard half of them when a “7” is rolled.

If one of your buildings with a wall is damaged by the Barbarians after an invasion, you must remove the wall instead of removing the building.

Example: The blue player has a town with a wall under it.  The Catanians fail to repel a Barbarian Invasion.  Because the blue player contributed the least military strength to the conflict, the blue player must reduce his town to a settlement (of the appropriate type).  However, because he has a wall under his town, he removes the wall and keeps his town.

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