The Settlers of the Stone Age
is a German board game
, heavily based on The Settlers of Catan
, with a stone age
theme. It is a member of the Catan
series of games, and as such it is created by Klaus Teuber
and published by Kosmos
in German and Mayfair Games
The game is played upon a fixed board representing a map of the world. Each player is in control of a separate tribe, and the tribes have, at the start of the game, colonized the entire continent of Africa. Players seek to gain victory points by settling in the four other major areas around the board: Europe
, and the Americas
Gameplay is similar to Catan
in that resources are collected in the same manner, but that is how the similarities end. To expand, players must use their resources to create explorers, then use resources to move the explorers to a new location, where, for an additional cost in resources, the explorers are turned into new settlements. A player has a limited supply of settlements, and if the supply is exhausted, one settlement must be disbanded to make room for the new settlement.
Resources may also be spent on developing technologies in one of four different paths, each of which has their own benefits. The first player to reach the highest level in any given technology is awarded victory points.
Scattered throughout the board are exploration markers, which may be uncovered if a player has the sufficient levels of technology and has an explorer that moves... Read More