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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.


Make a Public Announcement

Before your turn ends, you must have already completed all of the previous steps of your turn, even if some of them were skipped for various reasons.

As soon as you are done, you must vocally and publicly announce the end of your turn.  You do not want to “think” or otherwise delay the end of your turn, because you may receive the “Longest Turn” Award as a result.  At this point, if any players have an objection, notification, request, or delay, they must do so.  If none are presented, you move on to the next step of your turn.


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