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.
For several years now, Klaus Teuber releases one special card per year for his game 'Rivals for Catan'. Four of these cards were programmed now for PlayCatan and will be released on September 10. The cards are: Gavin, the Polyglot', 'Alexander and Sebastian, the Bookkeepers', 'Johannes, the Advocate' and 'Axel, the Innovator'. More Information on these cards can be found in the PlayCatan online manual. The cards will be available in the theme games and the duel first. The cards can be switched on by a new game option. The tournament mode will be following later.
Due to time-consuming activities concerning the PlayCatan user administration during the past weeks, regrettably it took us longer than planned to publish the results of our recent PlayCatan tournament survey. Now the results are finally available.
After a long hard day the maintenance work on the server is finished for now. Playing online with the PlayCatan Access Software is already possible again for some hours now. Unfortunately there were some complications with the PlayCatan main website, so it took some more time to fix that. But now the login is working there, too. Thank you very much for your patience!
After years, it has now become necessary to revise the My PlayCatan area (where, among other things, you can manage your personal information and upgrade your account) and the associated user administration. For this reason, some time ago we decided to regenerate the entire system from scratch and rework the associated processes. To activate this system, we need to perform extensive server updates, which is why starting at 10 a.m. CET on Tuesday, June 24, during several hours you will not be able to play on PlayCatan. Needless to say that we'll try to keep the downtime as short as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.
On Friday, June 13 at 10 am CEST, in the official tournament area this year's third board game tournament starts. All Plus Account users can participate. The 3-day tournament ends on Monday, June 16 at 10 am CET. The following games are played on Friday: Fish for Catan, Spices for Catan and the Pirate Lairs / Saturday: Explorers and Pirates / Sunday: Explorer and Pirates CaK.