Why Settle For The Standard Catan Board?

Let’s face it, game night can get downright rowdy. Whether your game nights involve wine and cats, beer and dogs, or vodka and bear cubs, things happen. Maybe the robber gets batted irretrievably far under the couch, or someone gesticulates wildly and spills wine all over your sheep. [EEEEEEEEEDEN]’s gatherings were getting way out of hand, and it was time to design a custom Catan board.

But she didn’t stop with the board tiles — this is Catan redesigned from the ground up, including the pieces, the resource cards, and a custom storage box. [EEEEEEEEEDEN] even planned for player expansion by designing a leaf to drop in the middle. There are a few hundred magnets built into the frame, so there shouldn’t be any more lost pieces. And as far as liquor-proofing all the cardboard goes, [EEEEEEEEEDEN] designed new board tiles and cards, laser cut them from acrylic, and painstakingly painted them all with Plasti-Dip spray.

We think it’s gorgeous, but understand that maybe this minimalist style isn’t for everyone. If you want to go custom, it’s hard to argue against the beauty of 3D Catan.

Thanks to [Johannes] for the tip! via /r/DIY

3 thoughts on “Why Settle For The Standard Catan Board?

  1. Also, why settle for the standar rules?
    A flaw of this game is that often it’s quite clear that one of the players will loose.
    A way to remedy this is that if a player is 2 point behind he can exchange 2 of the numbers to make give him more opportunity to gather more resources.

    Another fun variant is to make a treasure island in the middle, (with all the gold) surrounded by water.
    Combine that with no start positions on the treasure island, so the only way to reach it is by boat.

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