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Apr 03, 2018

PlayCatan End of Term

As announced during the Early Access phase of Catan Universe, USM took over operating PlayCatan for a transitional period and for a limited time. This has been getting more difficult in recent times. Furthermore, the age of the technical basis of PlayCatan is becoming apparent as well, and both the compatibility with new browser versions and updates for integrated third-party tools are not ensured any longer.

USM gladly extended the run-time of PlayCatan repeatedly at the community’s request, and beared the costs for it. We hope you enjoyed playing on both PlayCatan and Catan Universe during this time.

This year, on consultation with some tournament organizers, USM have increased the run-time of PlayCatan for the last time: PlayCatan will be available until May 31st, 2018. On this last day of May 2018 PlayCatan will be shut down for good. After 23:59 CEST on May 31st, 2018 logging in to PlayCatan will no longer be possible.

At this point we’d like to thank all players who – via our forums – have been participating both since the Early Access phase and after the release, and who have been supporting us with helpful and constructive feedback on Catan Universe. Just like with PlayCatan, which, in the beginning, had included only a fraction of all the features it had after years of continuous improvements and development, USM will continue to invest in improvements and new features of Catan Universe. After the recent publication of a Mac client for Catan Universe, the platform will be improved further and the Catan card game will be added to Catan Universe with the next updates. We’ve got many plans for this year and we’ll keep you updated on a regular basis.

May 09, 2016

PlayCatan downtime due to server relocation on May 10th 2016

On May 10th 2016, PlayCatan will be moved to new server hardware in a new data center. Therefore, starting on May 10th at 10:00 am CET, for several hours (until approx. 3pm CET), the servers will be offline and gaming will not be possible. PlayCatan will go back online again during the afternoon of May 10th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mar 02, 2016

Time Out Due to Relocation on March 10

On March 10, 2016, two of the PlayCatan servers will change location within our provider’s data center. Therefore, starting on March 10 at 10:00 pm CET, for several hours gaming will not be possible. PlayCatan will go online again during the morning of March 11. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Feb 11, 2016

PlayCatan goes online again on Feb.18 for the duration of the Early Access Phase of Catan Universe

Despite the progress made during the last weeks, it seems that Catan Universe will remain in its early access phase longer than expected. For this reason, USM, the publisher of Catan Universe, has approached us with a proposal to take on and continue the operation and service of PlayCatan for the time being. We highly appreciate this move. Of course, this still means that PlayCatan will eventually be closed, but at least during the early access phase of Catan Universe we can continue offering you the familiar gaming experience on PlayCatan.

In the next days, together with USM we will provide the technical requirements that will make it possible to put PlayCatan online again under the new conditions. The expected start date for PlayCatan is Thursday, February 18 (10 a.m. CET).

Dec 03, 2015

Board Game Tournament (December 4-7)

The last official board game tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, December 4 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, December 7 at 10 a.m. CET. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!

Nov 05, 2015

Board Game Tournament (November 6-9)

The next official board game tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, November 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, November 9 at 10 a.m. CET. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!

Oct 02, 2015

Issues with the new Safari for Mac (version 9)

Because of a bug in the current version of the Safari browser (version 9 for Mac OS X) the PlayCatan web application fails to load on some devices. We recommend to use Chrome or Firefox for using the online game against human players on PlayCatan until Apple has fixed this issue.

Sep 09, 2015

Rivals for Catan Tournament (September 11-14)

The second official Rivals for Catan tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, September 11 at 10 a.m. CEST on PlayCatan. During this tournament, each day 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, September 14 at 10 a.m. CEST. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!

Sep 07, 2015

Chrome does no longer support Java

Chrome does no longer support the Java plugin unfortunately. The games against human players are still working in Chrome, but the games against computer players, however, are needing a functional java plugin. While we still recommend Chrome for the games against human players, because this browser is offering the most stable engine at the moment, we have to ask you to use a different browser for the games against computer players which supports Java like Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 or Safari as long as Oracle (the developer of Java) is not offering a new plugin for Chrome.

Jul 09, 2015

Board Game Tournament (July 10-13)

The next official board game tournament for users with a Plus account starts Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. CEST 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, July 13 at 10 a.m. CEST. In the online instructions you can find more on this subject. Good luck at the tournament!