The Settlers of Catan has been awarded the "Game of the Year" honor in both Germany and the United States. Learn to play in about 15 minutes. Then enjoy hundreds of hours of fast-paced fun. In The Settlers of Catan you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich island of Catan. Start by revealing the island's many port sites and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board for virtually every game! Then embark on a quest to settle the island. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Instead of money you use combinations of resources - grain, wool, ore, brick, and timber - to purchase development cards, or build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trade or the luck of the dice. But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly! And you never know when the robber will appear and steal away with your precious gains! Mayfair Games was an American publisher of board, card, and roleplaying games that also licensed Euro-style board games to publish them in English. The company licensed worldwide English-language publishing rights to The Settlers of Catan series between 1996 and 2016.