About this project
Introducing the Official "Settlers of Catan" Gaming Board!
As Seen On
IMPORTANT NOTE: To pledge for multiple products, add up the dollar amount of the rewards you'd like to receive and set your pledge value to that total. A survey sent out following the end of the Kickstarter period will confirm each product you will receive, as well as engraving info. Increasing your pledge level will not affect the delivery dates or cause you to lose early bird special rates. Because of the differences in production timelines, however, you may receive some pledges before others. Please see more FAQs at the bottom of the page.
Finally... a board built by Catan players for Catan players
This project was born from countless hours of playing Klaus Teuber's award-winning game, "The Settlers of Catan", with family and friends.
We discovered that shifting frames and hex tiles were a frustration shared by nearly all Catan fans. So we designed a portable and affordable board to securely hold the tiles, allow you to play on nearly any surface, and focus on what's best: playing Catan.
We shared our idea with the teams at Catan Inc. and Mayfair Games and have been working closely with them ever since to bring these boards to the entire Catan community.
The CEO of Mayfair Publishing was kind enough to share a few words of encouragement to us and the Catan community.
We could not be more excited to bring you our officially licensed products!
A Note From the Licensor:
We are delighted to work with Bill and Nate on this exciting project. In previous years, we have received countless proposals for such a Catan game accessory. We have always welcomed fan creations, such as game accessories and scenarios, for personal and noncommercial use—and we continue to do so. However, up to this point, we and our publishing partners declined to officially license any of the many project proposals relating to these types of Catan board accessories. We saw no practicable way to manage the release of these derivative products. This situation changed when Bill and Nate came on board with a novel new manufacturing program that insured delivery of a premium quality product at a price reasonable enough to market to our game community. They both understand the Catan brand and community very well. Most importantly, they have spent countless hours playing our games. This passion and experience enabled them to derive an especially awesome "Catan Board." It is by far the most high-quality board derivation we've seen from our wonderful fan community. Bill's and Nate's commitment to our team and brand, coupled with their ability to create competitively-priced Catan Boards using the Kickstarter platform, makes this project a viable and desirable licensing option. We look forward to the Catan Board and we are very confident that this accessory will enhance and enrich your Catan game experience!
The Problem We're Solving
Catan Board Features
First, here's a handy guide to pledging to help answer some common questions. In this example, let's imagine that you're visiting from Canada and want to pledge for the Complete Catan Board Package as well two extra resource card holder sets. To pledge for these rewards, calculate as follows:
After clicking on "Back This Project", input the total dollar amount, then select your primary pledge (in this case the Complete Catan Board Package) as your reward. After the project is complete, we will send out a survey to confirm all of the rewards you are eligible for, as well as any engraving info for the walnut and aluminum boards.
Early Bird Specials
Congratulations! You rolled a 6, and are the first to stake your claim on the land of Catan. Be sure to lock up that ore before all the spots are taken: this early bird special will get you the 3-4 player "Island of Catan" board at the ridiculously low price of $20. That's like getting three ore for one sheep! Includes shipping in the US. Canada: add $15. International shipping: add $20.
This early bird special will get you the 3-4 player "Island of Catan" board as well as the 5-6 player expansion insert for only $35. Includes shipping in the US. Canada: add $15. International shipping: add $30.
With a pledge of $10, you're reserving one of the first sets of Catan Resource Card Holders off the line. Set includes two holders, with three card slots per tray. This pledge is included for free with the $100 Complete Catan Board Package, as well as all higher pledges above it, including the Limited Edition Walnut, Beech 5-6 Player Wooden Board, and the Aluminum Board. You can add on more sets by adding $10 for each additional pair you want. At the end of the project a survey will be sent out for you to clarify each reward you've pledged for. Domestic US Shipping is free. Canadian Shipping: Add $5. International Shipping: Add $10.
Turn the Catan resource tiles into a solid, resource-rich island ripe for developing. This pledge includes two interlocking pieces that fit together to form a solid playing surface that securely holds the Catan hex tiles and allows you to take Catan with you and play on nearly any surface. Compatible with the Mayfair game pieces and several Catan expansion games. Includes shipping in the US. Canada: add $15. International shipping: add $20.
The Island of Catan is no longer big enough to hold you and your friends. It's time to expand to the 5-6 player Catan Board! For $40, you get The 3-4 player Island of Catan and the 5-6 player Expansion piece. This pledge includes the two interlocking pieces that form the 3-4 player board as well as an additional section that fits in the middle to form the expansion board. Includes shipping in the US. Canada: add $15. International shipping: add $30.
Having conquered the wilds of the homeland, the Settlers have finally reached the coastline and have discovered a bustling seaport! Because of the fantastic support of our backers, we are now able to offer Seafarers Catan Boards for 3-4 Player and 5-6 Player Scenarios.
Every detail of this board is designed around the Seafarers expansion. For instance, different Seafarers scenarios have different lengths of boards. To accommodate every scenario, we made the board modular. Each middle piece is one hex wide. To setup a Seafarers board, just add as many middle pieces as you need to make the correct length.
For example, here is the Wonders of Catan Scenario laid out with an 8 hex-long board.
Because the board is custom color-matched to the color of the ocean tiles and ports, the board can be laid out without ocean tiles if you want. This allows the Seafarers ports to lay flush to the rest of the board. Of course if you do want to include the ocean tiles for continuity, you also have that option.
Additionally, the differing width of the roads and ships was taken into consideration. Between each hex is a space wide enough for a ship, with a narrower indentation to let the road sit snugly between the hexes with minimal slop. The ship is wide enough to sit over the top of this channel.
For a clearer view of what this looks like from above, here's another detail of the area surrounding a hex.
Here are the various pledge levels we have for the Seafarer Catan Boards.
For the Catan connoisseur, we present the Limited Edition Walnut Catan Board. Manufactured in California, these boards are made from solid walnut wood that is CNC machined then hand finished to a furniture-grade satin finish.
The board will be custom engraved with the name of your choice and the serial number of the limited edition run. The board shown is Catan Board #001, and was sent to Klaus Teuber, the designer of Settlers of Catan.
After the project is completed a survey will be sent out to all the backers of this pledge to provide the name they want engraved on the board.
Designed for the 3 to 4 player Settlers of Catan game, this board is perfect for an evening of gaming and refreshments with your friends.
We will try our best to get this limited run of walnut boards out before the holidays for those looking for the perfect gift for the Catan fan in their life.
Includes shipping in the US. Canada: add $35. International shipping: add $60.
The reward for this pledge is a solid piece of beech hardwood with a 5-6 player board machined on one side and a 3-4 player board machined on the other. It has port cutouts similar to the plastic board design for additional port flexibility. This is an unlimited run and does not include customized name engraving. Free shipping to US. Canadian Shipping: $45. International Shipping: $80.
For those who love the look and feel of brushed aluminum, we're offering a very limited run of CNC aluminum 3-4 player Catan Boards. If there were ever any question who was Lord or Lady of Catan, this would settle it when you lay this down to start playing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our stretch goals may differ slightly from other stretch goals backers are used to seeing on other projects. Our standard pledges are all priced afforbably so we do not plan to add additional items to these pledges as our stretch goals. Instead, we decided to set up our stretch goals as additional products we will introduce once we hit certain levels in funding. We would ask backers to view stretch goals more as milestones for additional available products rather than additional goodies included in your reward. Thanks!
First of all, a big thank you to everyone who expressed interest in the 5-6 player wooden board! We're very sorry that it's taken so long to make this pledge available, but we wanted to make sure we had our material and shipping costs dialed in so that we could offer this pledge as affordably as possible. But we're excited to announce that the 5-6 player wooden board is now up for pledging at $305. This will be a solid piece of beech hardwood with a 5-6 player board machined on one side and a 3-4 player board machined on the other. It will also have port cutouts similar to the plastic board design for additional port flexibility.
While designing, we went back and forth over whether to make this a single, solid piece of wood, or to make it modular. Some of the benefits of making it modular are easier transport and storage. However, we realized that the wooden board wouldn't likely be transported often. If a Catan Board was needed to travel with, most players would likely go with the plastic board.
Additionally, from an aesthetic standpoint, making the board modular introduced seaming in the wood grain at the joints, which we really didn't like. Wood grain is a very beautiful surface and to introduce joints really took away from the craftsman feel we were going for.
So we're very happy to make this pledge available. Unfortunately for now all we have is a rendering of the design, but our manufacturer just informed us that his order of walnut and beech will be arriving Monday, so we hope to have pictures of the finished 5-6 player wooden board early next week.
We really, really appreciate your support and understanding as we move quickly to keep up with your stretch goals! :-)
Lords and ladies of Catan, we've made it to 75K! Upon building our new settlement, we discovered rich stockpiles of ore, of the bauxite variety. Bauxite happens to be the raw material needed to make aluminum! Which means we'll be able to offer a very limited run of 25 aluminum boards for our pledgers who love the feel and aesthetic of brushed aluminum.
Well that was quick!
We've been working around the clock to perfect the design for the Seafarers Catan Board. We think you'll be pretty excited with what we've come up. The design is very versatile and will support all Seafarers scenarios. The design will be similar to the design of the Original Catan Board, but will include additional space between hexes so that both roads and ships will fit.
I'm meeting with our plastics manufacturer to go over costs. The pledges will be available later today, but final renderings will not be available until the end of the week.
Thanks again for everyone's support and sharing of our project!
Published with permission of Catan GmbH (Germany) and its exclusive English-language licensee, Mayfair Games, Inc., Skokie, IL USA. Copyright © (2012) by Catan GmbH. (Catan Board) is a trademark of Catan GmbH. All rights reserved. No reproductions or commercial use without permission of Mayfair Games, Inc.
Risks and challenges
Estimated delivery dates included in this page are indeed estimates and are subject to change. While we already have our manufacturers lined up and are ready to start this project, unknown factors may delay the process and cause delivery date to be later than expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (45 days)