LEGO has long been in the business of listening to its community and one of the most refreshing ideas to be borne out of community’s ingenuity is the introduction of a pitch for an official set inspired by the Settlers of Catan board game.
CATAN Coming to LEGO, Maybe
The original game was designed by Klaus Teuber in 1995 and it has been one of the most successful games of all times. In fact, CATAN, as the game is known today for short, has been largely considered as a gateway board game to the hobby’s more specific delights, and now the title could introduce board gamers to the LEGO universe as well.
Ultimately, the decision will rest with the LEGO Group which will have the final say. The project is off to a good start, though, having collected 10,000 supporters, the number of votes that would be necessary to catch the attention of the company. The decision will come later in 2023 when the Ideas Review Board see if it would make sense to have an official CATAN set.
There seems to be a commercial as well as aesthetic value in this, though. CATAN is a massively popular board game well known the world over. It has sold more than 32 million copies and has been translated in more than 40 languages. The project pitched by the LEGO fan is also quite beautiful and captivating, which is precisely what LEGO is about.
Recreating CATAN with LEGO can be fun for many people. Board games are particularly keen to introduce their children to board gaming, and having an actual LEGO set to get them to play CATAN, a game of fairly simple dice rolling and resource collection mechanic, could be a lot of fun.
The game does have a few steeper aspects, such as trading, building roads, settlements, and cities, but ultimately, it’s a fascinating concept that successfully introduces core components of the board games hobby and a globally-acclaimed blockbuster.