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Catan - Big Game

The Big Event for All CATAN Fans.

How do you play CATAN with an entire hall full of CATAN fans? You have them play either many small, individual games or 'CATAN – Big Game.'


In the Big Game, any number of players play together on a long game map specially developed for this scenario. Each round, the moderator's dice roll determines the resource income for all players, after which the players trade and build until one player has reached 25 victory points. CATAN – Big Game thus provides a unique experience in a great atmosphere.

In 2005, the first Big Game ever took place in Chemnitz, Germany. 816 people participated – a world record!

The record wasn't surpassed until 2013: at Gen Con in Indianapolis, USA, 922 CATAN enthusiasts participated in the Big Game. After turn 48, Brendon Harbor from Indianapolis came out on top. For this successful event, Mayfair Games was honored by Guinness World Records. A Guinness representative arrived from New York, to watch the event and subsequently present Larry Roznai, Mayfair's president, with the official certificate of having successfully set the world record for "the most people playing 'The Settlers of Catan' simultaneously."


In 2015, on the occasion of CATAN's 20th anniversary, another two Big Game events were scheduled:

In Essen, 1,040 participants gathered for the Big Game, thus breaking the record of 2013.

And in September 2017, 1,096 players participating in the Big Game Event in Rotterdam established yet another world record.

Gen Con - Indianapolis/USA

  • Date: July 31, 2015
  • Place: JW Marriot: White River Ballroom - Gen Con

In 2013, the Guinness World Record for "the most people playing 'The Settlers of Catan' simultaneously" was set at Gen Con. This year, on Friday, July 31, there was another chance to play CATAN - Big Game™ at Gen Con, in an attempt to break the previous record of 922 people. Unfortunately, the goal was not reached, but people had a lot of fun nevertheless.


The 2015 Big Game was also a Charity Event supporting The Julian Center, this year's Gen Con charity partner. The center supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other traumatic events.



Spiel '15 - Essen/Germany

  • Date: October 10, 2015
  • Place: Hall 4 - Essen fair

More than 10 years have passed since the last Big Game in Germany, and now - just in time for CATAN's 20th anniversary - there was another Big Game event at the world's largest board game fair in Essen. On October 10, 2015, 1,040 players came together in hall 4 of the game fair and broke the current world record for the most people playing CATAN simultaneously. Klaus Teuber, the inventor of CATAN, was also among the participants. The winner of this CATAN - Big Game was Tim van den Bersselaar from the Netherlands.

Here are some impressions from the event:

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The photos are property of Kosmos Verlag. We thank for providing this video of the event.

We also thank our partners for their support:

Friedhelm Merz Verlag Ludofact<br />
GmbHKosmos<br />

Mayfair Games999

Intelli, Bulgarien


999 Games Event - Rotterdam/Netherlands

  • Date: Sep. 24, 2017
  • Place: Erasmus Sport Center

In September 2017, 1,096 players gathered in Rotterdam to set a new world record for the most people playing CATAN simultaneously.

Here are some impressions from the event:

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