Archive for the ‘Catan’ Category

Uncle’s Games WWCC PQ: Eastern Regional Report 1

January 20, 2010

Congratulations to Brian Saccomanno and Chris Nickell!

Uncle’s Games 1st Eastern Washington Regional Qualifier started off strong. We had 16 players show up to play and compete for a seat at GenCon Indy 2010. The decks were shuffled and the boards set up to find a shortage in ore for the first round, and the second. Players were scrambling to find the precious ore needed to upgrade their Settlements to the coveted City status. Spirits were high throughout the day as players attempted to satisfy their cravings for Settlers (is that even possible?). Of the 16 players only two had what it took to progress onward to the Easter Washington Championship game. Brian Saccomanno and Chris Nickell took first and second with 2 wins, 37 & 36 points respectively. If you missed out on the fun there are still 4 more opportunities for you to secure yourself a spot at Washington State Championship Qualifier.

PlayCatan Exceeds 35K Players

January 11, 2010

The Catan Online World community is growing!

A message from Catan LLC: “We are pleased to announce that the population of the Catan Online World has reached over 35,000 registered users! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to come visit us so far. We look look forward to growing and improving the Catan Online World in 2010.”

Visit the Catan Online World at the link below:

Facebook Settlers Tourney!

December 18, 2009

The Facebook Settlers of Catan Tourney II wrapped up last night!

Facebook Settlers of Catan Tourney II FINALS

Sarah Smith of Facebook has been organizing Catan tournaments over there this year. Last night was the final for the second tournament this year!

Three competitors from three different departments competed in Facebook’s CafeX. In the end, Kari Lee of search was victorious.

Sarah and the Facebook tourney’s were also recently featured in the front page Wall Street Journal article that just came out!

Here’s the tournament details: 27 original competitors, 3 departments remaining, 1 Wall Street Journal article with 10 points between them, and the championship. Who will win? Kari Lee did!

Settlers of Catan in the Wall Street Journal

December 18, 2009

The Settlers of Catan was on the front page of The Wall Street Journal yesterday!

A wonderful article in The Wall Street Journal by Pui-Wing Tam, called “An Old-School Board Game Goes Viral Among Silicon Valley’s Techie Crowd ,” was on the front page of the publication December 17th! We were very excited to learn about Catan’s popularity in Silicon Valley. It appears Facebook, LinkedIn, Mozilla, and others are all having a blast throwing tournaments. Is it possible we’ll start seeing some more contestants from the high-tech crowd in the WWCC this up coming year? Read this article at the link below:

“An Old-School Board Game Goes Viral Among Silicon Valley’s Techie Crowd” by Pui-Wing Tam

Game Cruise Earlybird Specials

December 9, 2009

Game Cruise Early Bird Specials for Caribbean Gamer Classic Aboard the Carnival “Glory”

March 28 – April 4, 2010

Early bird pricing is still available until January 11th!

Early Bird pricing is still available for the 2010 Gamer Cruise sailing from
Miami on March 28, 2010. Prices increase on Jan. 11, 2010 so book now.
Details can be found at:

For those not already familiar with the Carribean Gamer Cruise: Mayfair Games is joining Gamer Adventures to hold a Settlers of Catan Tournament, taking the winner to to GenCon Indy 2010, a seat in the semi-final round of WWCC US Qualifier round. Winner receives flight, hotel, badge and a seat in the semi-final round of WWCC US Qualifier round providing the chance to continue on to Germany for the World Championship as a US representative!The seven days aboard the Carnival Glory will include a lot of gaming in addition to the WWCC pre-qualifier.

The ship departs and returns from sunny Miami so come early or stay late and extend your vacation! We’ve got Games, We’ve got Food, We’ve got Adventure and We’ve got a payment plan… just ask! Get on board!

Follow this link for more information and registration:
Gamer Adventures Carribean Gamer Classic

Be sure to mention “Mayfair Games” when you register!

35,000 and Counting…

December 4, 2009

The Settlers of Catan fan page exceeded 35,000 fans this week! A big thank you goes out to all our Facebook fans and our fans all over the world. We appreciate all the wonderful things people have written in response to our posts! And, we thoroughly enjoy having the ability to foster a stronger community supporting our games via Facebook It is our mission to continue to bring you the best possible gaming experience and we are very excited for the new releases coming in 2010! Please find us on Facebook at the links below, if you haven’t already:

The Settlers of Catan on Facebook

Mayfair Games on Facebook

Catan World Record

November 23, 2009



Six players set the Longest Board Game Marathon Record with The Settlers of Catan!

Six Settlers of Catan players set a world record for the Longest Board Game Marathon on January 16, 2009 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Their record has now been certified. The players completed 12 games of Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights and were partially through a thirteenth game when they reached the fifty hour mark. The previous record was 42 hours, 48 minutes set in September of 2006 by four players playing Carcassonne. The six players used the event not only to break a world record but to raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

This is not the first time Settlers of Catan has been played while setting a world record. On September 10, 2005 in Tietz Hall in Chemnitz, Germany, a specially designed Settlers board was used for 816 players to play a game at the same time. Each section of the board was used by two players. Each player could trade with the person on either side of them as well as the three people across from them.

In Silicon Valley, Catan is the New Golf!

November 19, 2009

According to this article from the “Summation” blog, they don’t play golf in Silicon Valley, they play The Settlers of Catan!

From Auren Hoffman, writer of the Summation Blog:” In Silicon Valley, golf is mostly dead. It is a game that a few people enjoy and the rest of us have heard of but probably haven’t played. The Settlers of Catan (or “Settlers,” as it’s often called) is booming and is quickly becoming the activity of choice for entrepreneurs here in the Valley. I got into Settlers because Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, had been telling me about what a great game it is for over a year. Then one day, some of the engineers at Rapleaf (most of whom had been playing Settlers since college) challenged me to play with them, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Read the rest of his blog post here:

In Silicon Valley, Setters is the New Golf by Auren Hoffman

Catan Dice Game White Glove Demo

November 10, 2009

The Catan Dice Game Deluxe Edition White Glove Demo is Here!

Our friends at and our own Alex Yeager have completed another White Glove Demo. This latest installment to the series introduces audiences to the Catan Dice Game™ Deluxe Edition. You can view the video above or on our Mayfair Games Movies’ YouTube Channel at the link below.

Mayfair Games Movies on YouTube

Visit the Catan Dice Game™ Deluxe Edition product page for more information:

MFG3109 Catan Dice Game™ Deluxe Edition

Catan in The Seattle Times!

November 9, 2009

The Seattle Times interviews Blue Highway Games. They talk rainy days, games, and Catan!

Connie McDougall writes a special report for The Seattle Times about the growing popularity of European Games in the US. She interviews game store owner Scott Cooper of Blue Highway Games in Queen Anne, WA to get the inside scoop on this growing trend. Follow the link below to read the article:

The Seattle Times: It’s raining, it’s boring…what to do? Let the games begin