The Rivals for Catan deck editor can now be accessed directly from the PlayCatan website. To this end, we have completely reworked and considerably simplified the editor's design. Today, on Monday, March 30, we have activated an already fully functional beta version. For now the new deck editor can only be accessed in the city view (via the bath house) but there will also be a link in the main menu later. If necessary, you can open a help page explaining the operation by clicking on the '?' in the upper right corner of the deck editor. At the moment, it is not yet possible to load decks from the hard drive or to store them; however, you can access all card decks stored on the server, and use decks saved or modified with the new version afterwards in your games. It is also possible to print out decks on a local printer.
Starting March 25, you can play the Desert Sons Single Player Game (SPG) in your web browser. So far, the game could only be accessed via the PlayCatan access software, but now you will also be able to play it directly in your browser. Like the Catan Dice Game, you can play it in the Bathhouse (the left house at the bottom in your city's downtown area on the website). Desert Sons SPG is a special single-player version of the "Realm of the Desert Sons" board game. For now, it is a fully functional beta version; the final version will be released a little later. In addition, you can still use the PlayCatan access software to play the game.
Spring is coming and also on PlayCatan the snow is already melting on Tuesday, March 24th. The garden objects will be changed accordingly. It may be necessary to delete the browser cache in the web browser version to display the changed graphics.
The next official board game tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. CET on PlayCatan. During this tournament, each day three different board games will be played in the official tournament area of the Game Manager. The tournament ends Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. CET. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!
The schedule for the upcoming official tournament season is set and can be viewed on the tournament page in the PlayCatan help section. We have increased the number of Catan boardgame tournaments from 4 to 6 (plus, as before, 2 'Rivals for Catan' tournaments). The season starts on January 23 with a Catan Board Game Tournament. We have focused the game selection on the most popular game scenarios. More information on this topic can be found in the PlayCatan online manual. Have fun!
Based on user feedback we have revised the canned chat messages. Messages, which have been proven to be less useful, were removed, while others were added. Beside that we have included a time lock, which only allows sending a canned chat message every 10 seconds in the Global and Global-Premium chat channel. This time lock is noch active inside the games or other chat channels.
According to the weather forecast, it will snow on PlayCatan as of Monday, December 1st (the exact time of the day wasn't specified). The garden objects will be changed accordingly. In addition, the popular Christmas tree will be available again, so you can add some Christmas decoration to your garden if you wish. By mid-January, the Christmas tree will automatically change back to a normal fir tree. It may be necessary to delete the browser cache in the web browser version to display the changed graphics.
The next official board game tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, November 14 at 10 a.m. CET on PlayCatan. During this tournament, each day three different board games will be played in the official tournament area of the Game Manager. The tournament ends Monday, November 17 at 10 a.m. CET. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!
The next official 'Rivals for Catan' tournament for users with a plus account starts Friday, October 10 at 10 a.m. CEST on PlayCatan. During this tournament, different theme games including the Duel and the Tournament Game will be played in the official tournament area of the Game Manager. The tournament ends Monday, October 13 at 10 a.m. CEST.
Please note the modified tournament rules for single player tournaments. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!
Based on suggestions and discussions in the PlayCatan forum, in the future an ELO based ranking will be adopted for the single player tournaments on PlayCatan. An ELO based ranking takes the players' playing skills into account. This new mode will be used for the first time in the 'Rivals for Catan' tournament on October 10; afterwards, the new ranking system will also be used for board game tournaments. If you would like to learn more about this topic, a document containing all pertinent information is available for download.