Thoughts with you and your family, I hope you guys get to reunite soon! In the meantime, my suggestion from various lockdowns over the last 18 months:
Another difference is the visuals. At first colonist.io just looks like a cruddy 2d board, and it took me a second to get used to the controls (trading, buying dev cards and seeing how many points everyone else has).
I do think the colonist is smoother and faster. They do have a weekly new map scheme, but they haven't put out expansions like Seafarers.
Play a bot game and see for yourself :)
I recommend https://colonist.io alternative to Settlers of Catan.
It doesn't require download or sign up. You can just open the browser and directly start playing it.
Note: I'm the dev, so if you have any issues feel free to reach out.
Catan Universe gives you the experience of playing Catan imo. I've tried both and though Catan Universe has some bugs and has a lot it can improve on, it is definitely worth the $5 for base or $12 for Base, Seafarers and Cities, and Knights Expansions.
For me, colonist.io didn't really feel like playing Catan and the graphics were rather crude. Though colonist.io did prove to be much smoother and free.
This sounds right to me. Come and see them. It will mean a lot. But after that your presence might become too much of a good thing. That said, if your family member does not have anyone to go to appointments with them or be there with them when they go to chemo, then they need you more than you may be ready for.
Finding things to talk about during a daily Zoom call can start to be a bit much. Find a series to watch together, a game you can play together online (e.g. Catan) or just read them when you call.
Well, if what you are saying is true, that is clearly in defiance of the rules. Or a bug
Also, colonist.io is a fan-made thing. If you wanted to use a video-game as an example, I would have went with Catan Universe (even if there was one instance of it counting Longest Road short, posted in this reddit somewhere).
I know this doesn't answer your question but have you tried colonist. May have to drop some money depending on what expansions you play but gives plenty of end game stats and records play history.
I'm happy to hear colonist.io is a favorite. I'm one of the devs. We strive to build what our players want. Here is our public todo list: https://colonist.featureupvote.com feel free to suggest something or upvote features.
You need to purchase it from https://colonist.io/store.html then in the room settings set to C&K.
You can also wait for others to create the game and play with them.
Catan has a good free online version - https://colonist.io/
Also Race for the Galaxy has a downloadable program called Keldon AI where you can play the game with all of its expansions completely free against the AI. I believe you can also play against other players if you connect to the server and make a table, but I haven't done that myself yet. - http://keldon.net/rftg/
Yes you can make with flask.
This is a long project and you'll need to pass beginner level to attempt this.
I would advice you to continue with tutorials, especially video tutorials where you make a project together. Also check out https://colonist.io/
Settlers of Catan is a fun one. Doesn't have the building over time element, nor the simplicity of pictionary, but it's my favorite board game ever!
Been playing online with friends since April on colonist.io
That's what house rules are for. With that said on colonist.io you can see the bank and how many of each card type are available. I find this info very useful. If there are only 19 of each resource and the bank has 19 I dont have to waste time trying to trade. Furthermore if the bank has 18 of something only like 8 of something else its much easier to know your 1 rare resource could get you a nice 2/1 or maybe even a 3/1 if people are that desperate lol.
It should not be an official rule but I do like the idea!
hey! Come on over to Colonist.io and play over there! We've got free games, long roads, and large, large armies.
(I'm the community manager over at Colonist.io - happy to answer any questions you have about the site! )
Also feel free to join our Discord server here - https://discord.gg/QTT8Cts
if you ever want to try a (singleplayer) game before buying, you can pirate it to try and then decide if you want to actually buy it and support the devs. Just make sure to safely navigate the "sea" of piracy, there's a lot of malware out there; the r/piracy megathread has a lot of good and safe trusted sources and guides on how to do things.
I personally quite like mindustry (which is free), a game that is a bit like factorio where you build bases with production and defense.
Minecraft and Stardew Valley are also classics for a reason; minecraft might require a little bit of tinkering to install some mod like optifine or sodium if performance is an issue.
Bloons TD 6 is also a nice, casual game although I personally find that it gets boring after a little while.
You can also find places to play board games over the internet, like colonist.io or dominion.games
Just experienced the same thing, but they've been doing it for over 100 games already:
Hello, co-founder of https://colonist.io here.
Everyone has mentioned good platforms. I'll suggest a different idea. Ask directly to the company.
Most of the people we hire come from our players. They send an email asking if there is any way they can contribute. And we tend to hire full time those people who perform well.
We get anywhere between 16 year olds to 55 year olds wanting to contribute, intern, work.
So my advice is, make a list of all the apps, games you like then send them emails. The bigger the company the more process they will have. The smaller the company the more likely you'll get a reply from the founder. So focus on niche products. It is always better to work on something you use and the company will be more likely to hire you as well.
Best of luck.
There could be an argument that Aqueduct is after production, it could be argued that Aqueduct is takes place at the same time as production. I think the latter is correct, but I don't think that is clear in the rules.
It seems Colonist.io is set up to have Aqueduct take place during Production. It won't be possible to test this in Catan Universe since they use infinite resources, so perhaps I'll take this question to Catan Studio.
>You can find players online at: https://colonist.io/
Thank you for recommending our game :) We make what are players want, if there's any feature you'd like to suggest, you can do it here: https://colonist.featureupvote.com/
We do the most requested feature at a time.
Hey, it's a free market. You can choose to trade with those overseas, or with your immediate neighbours.
If this really bugs you so much, then play on colonist.io. That one forces you to trade with the bank if you try to offer in increments of 4 (or your best port).
Lot's of people are asking for that to be changed, though.
Thanks for the quick reply and the advice! I understand price updates, sad I'm a little too late to get in at the 10USD price point :D. I will keep my eye out for someone hosting a public 5-6 player game. So far I only saw people hosting the basic 4 player game. Also is there any idea to remove to advertisements for the paying members? Feels a bit mweh to pay 20USD (or more if I want more expansions later on) and have 2 big banners next to the playing board. I read the software and your updates are really good.
But experience and design wise it feels a bit cheap with the banners. Feeling and design wise Catan Universe has a win, feels a bit more relaxed. The only host needs expansion is great and defiantly something that pushed me to look for alternatives and lead to me finding colonist.io. Thanks again for the reply and explanation for the pricing change!
As another user pointed out, there are ways around it. For instance I could say "I really want wheat", and player 2 could point to a card and say "this one is wheat", though the person who getting stolen from can also lie about what the card is. Having played in many tournaments, and having played many hundreds of games on Catan Universe and Colonist.io, giving a specific card to a player without drawing is not allowed in any of them.
Wondering how to report a player in the lobby chat? https://colonist.io/profile/chillycat Chillycat was kicking everyone out of their game who did not answer the question "where are you from" - then in the lobby chat was continuing to justify their biased behavior.
Ich spiels selber nicht, aber mein Mann spielt jeweils auf der Seite hier:
Soweit ich das verstanden habe ist das Grundspiel kostenlos, und für ein Spiel mit Erweiterung (weiss allerdings nicht, welche Erweiterungen das sind) muss einer zahlen, der Rest kann dann kostenlos mitspielen.
My best friend is a big Talisman fan, and in fact that's the only reason I've even heard of the game. I can only recommend you check out reviews of the game to see what it's like, sorry.
On a side note ... if you're struggling to find an active online community for Settlers of Catan, have you checked out the browser clone called Colonist ? I have Catan on Steam but usually dip into Colonist (https://colonist.io/) if I'm looking for a quick game or two, it's just very convernient and is under constant development.
Nyt kun tätä on hetken hierottu, voin kertoa mihin päädyttiin: Settlers of Catanin online-versio on osoittautunut toimivaksi, kun sen parittaa videokonffan kanssa. Colonist.io raffista käyttöliittymästään ja yhteysongelmistaan huolimatta on ollut riittävän hyvä.
Catan games and expansions were on sale on Target recently, worth looking into!
Can also get them hooked on Colonist.io (free Catan alternative). Could make them a google account for them to share and buy all the expansions/maybe favorite color for game pieces. Could even play together in a socially distanced way on your own devices haha
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Thanks, not actually asking for a practical reason, just trying to gain a better understanding of how copyright works.
I guess I'm still a little confused about the distinction. Like, Colonist isn't slapping a new coat of paint on anything... it's literally trying to recreate the original Catan, down to the names of cards, resources, expansion packs... everything. Seems more akin to creating a comic book starring San Holo & his sidekick Bewchacca. If I did that and started selling my work, I would definitely expect a phone call sooner than later.
Anyways, not trying to pin you down to get me a bulletproof legal response. Just scratching my head out loud here.
Examples include Catan clone Colonist, X-COM clone OpenXcom, and Civilization clone FreeCiv.
Colonist is the one that most strongly messes with my prior intuitions about copyright: the game explicitly advertises itself as an alternative to Catan, copies the original game's rule-set wholesale without even a slight tweaking of terminology, and even monetises expansion packs which are presumably also exact replicas of the original's expansions.
I'm not at all opposed to this; in fact, I think it's great. But I'm now aware that my understanding of copyright is far more limited than I had realized. Any enlightening responses would be much appreciated.
There's colonist.io which is an online Catan (and there is also online Catan). I know that doesn't really build over time but just an option. We have also been playing scattegories online :)
as someone said, try Catan Universe or Colonist.io to get yourself familiar with the game and basic rules.
as for the length, if you're teaching them it will take aprox. 2 hours, if you are learning together maybe more for the first game. second one will probably go a lot smoother.
and remember the turn sequence:
and remember that you can play dev cards at any time during your turn (beneficial to play knight card before rolling dice in case you have a robber on one of your numbers)
I would suggest not only re-reading the rules, but also playing some on colonist.io online. Although it's not always perfect, they've got the basic rules pretty well worked out and after a couple games on there you should feel fairly confident in your knowledge of the rules.
Start playing on colonist.io! It's far better in every way except that some people prefer the CU interface. The devs are constantly working to improve it and there is no shortage of players! Also if you're interested in a great online community of Catan players, you should join King of Catan. I never encountered such high level players until I joined KoC and I completely obsessed now! Here's the sign up link: http://bit.ly/KoC_Signup
https://colonist.io/ is a great catan clone that costs nothing and requires no install. Of course catan has been known to cause damage to relationships. I suppose it depends on how competitive you are.
Dev of colonist.io here. This is what we use:
It's outdated, it's inefficient, it's wrong in some scenarios. I wouldn't recommend it.
But it's good enough
I guess colonist.io might be good if you have friends you can play with... for me playing alone it kind of sucks. For starters, playing with strangers has a lot of issues... for one, they might not like if you play slow, and also there's the problem of OTHER people playing really slow
Playing with bots feels really unfair. The biggest issues are:
I dunno, some games feel like they are stacked against you. I'll have an 8 and 6 space and the game is rolling 5's and 9's what feels like every other turn, and of course the bots have a bunch of 5 and 9 spots and are getting 3-4 resources a roll, trading with each other for everything and I'm sitting there with nothing.
I've played colonist.io and catanuniverse. Both have pros and cons. Colonist is nice for quick games, pretty intuitive, easy to set up. CatanUniverse offers a lot more 'in depth' gaming experience, and once you have an account and you're used to everything, is pretty easy to play. However, it does take a ton of your RAM even if you're using a browser, but especially if you're using Steam.
Yeah tabletop can allow you to be as strict or loose with the rules depending on the implementation (that's probably why you see varying levels of quality). For some games, (like Catan) there are also web versions already built ( https://colonist.io/ )
Personally, been loving it. I have been working from home about 50% for the past 4 years so I had the benefit of knowing how to work from home that some people struggle with. My fiance works a demanding job too so being home and seeing each other more is nice if not frustrating at time (ie I can't work in the office anymore since she is using it, I have a significant number of calls so I hide upstairs). It does make it hard to have distinct working hours but it goes give me the flexibility to take the dogs out or run in the middle of the day or any time really. There a number of games you can play with friends over your video conferencing solutions (colonist.io, allbad.cards, etc.) I have a video happy hour with some of my colleagues once a week and we make sure we're outside or not just sitting at our home offices. I find that a routine is pretty much required if you're going to be successful at WFH but that's just me. I do intent to have some small HHs with the colleagues once I feel a bit more comfortable (Maybe later this month).
If you're wanting to do some programming for colonist.io, we're always looking :) Here's the form: https://airtable.com/shrqSxfnbzLVFnSue
Plenty of fun online games even if you can't all be in person
Premium packs - they get you sweet features like 5-6 player map, fun maps, and more expansions based on which one you get. Check them all out here https://colonist.io/shop.html
Sasha here, I'm the community manager here at Colonist.io. Once you're ready to promote your tournament, let me know and I'll share it on our Discord in the #tournaments channel.
Basic 4 player games are and will always be (as far as I know, I’m not on the colonist.io official team) free. Then there’s three tiers for which you can pay 10, 50 and 100 US Dollars. You can read more about what you get with them here.
I personally got the $10 pack for the fun map, 5-6 player map and the free expansion when they’ll be launched.
you should play colonist cause its the coolest game in town :)
And mostly because it's free, and easy to set up.
To answer your question in the comment below, the game itself is free - if you want to play with 5-6 players or 7-8 players, you can buy a premium pack - https://colonist.io/shop.html.
I'm the community manager over at Colonist - if you have any questions, let me know!
Hey - Thanks for reaching out - Sasha here, I'm the new community manager at Colonist.io.
There is a feature that should boot the player if they are afk (away from keyboard) for long enough.
In addition, we have two feature requests that you can vote on here that could help:
Thanks for reaching out - Sasha here, I'm the new community manager here at Colonist.io.
Email me at with the email you used to make your purchase and I can let you know what email address is connected to your account.
Saw this recently playing with some friends. The game itself isn't too bad, but everything before that is awful. I'll leave it to you to work out how to create a new game.
Yes, I should have mentioned colonist.io was our first choice. We started a game and about 5-10 minutes in, the server crashed. Colonist.io is FAR from perfect. It runs slow on Chrome for me, too slow to really play, but fine on Edge?????
Regardless, I paid the $9 to be able to do 5+ player and it's worked ok so far. Buggy, but tolerable. Little things like can't change your name sometimes.
But last night, when the server crashed and we couldn't get back into our game, nor start a new one, we were looking for other options and we went with Catan Universe. Waste of time and $.
It's sad. The interface seems pretty nice at the outside, albeit on even a large phone (Pixel 3XL) I really had to squint. But to have players with different boards, and unable to even complete one turn...just terrible.
I would somewhat agree that RIT seems to be doing little in terms of help. I read that youre seeing a therapist weekly, so thats great. I hope things are better for you soon. I have gone through crippling amounts of debt to getting a job that paid it back, to going back again. So you never know how its going to turn out. We are all here for you. If you need somebody to talk to, im it. I also play catan a lot at colonist.io so if youre interested, maybe we could play.
I wish I had a good solution for you, but a band-aid I'll suggest is playing board games virtually with friends over Hangouts/Zoom/whatever. I find it amazing how much time it can kill and how engrossing a distraction they can be. Hanabi (hanabi.live) and Settlers of Catan (colonist.io) have been my favourites and both those sites you can play with strangers too.
It can be expensive based on location. But this site has been live since 2017 and profiting. Check out my post history, Catan employees actively hang out in this subreddit too.
Also read the bottom of this: https://colonist.io/presskit.html
Look at the Psych app for some general fun or https://colonist.io/ if you're looking for something more a strategy game. I haven't played the linked game but it's supposed to be a Catan clone, which was pretty fun.
Colonist.io is what I would recommend. The online version published by Catan Universe is pretty bad and I'm really not sure anything is being updated on it. I swapped to colonist about 4 months ago and it's been great. Further, it's updated frequently and the devs are also on this sub so sometimes if you have an issue they can help you address it directly.
It was actually formerly named as Katan.io and we renamed it to Colonist.io. :)
We wanted to make a good alternative online game ever since PlayCatan was shut down.
My 2 favorites are Catan Universe and colonist.io.
Universe has a better layout and graphics and feel, but is buggy and people often time out, where as on colonist i've never had a problem, plus they are adding new things regularly.