Settlers of Catan for 2 Players


This is a variation of Settlers of Catan for 2 players.

Rationale

Settlers is designed for 3 or 4 players.  When played by 2 players the game is a lot less interesting:
  1. Because there are only 2 rolls of the dice between a player's turns, the players tend to be shorter on resources than when playing with 3 or 4 players.
  2. In a 2 player game, once a player gets ahead in resource gathering potential (settlements and cities in good locations), it is nearly impossible for the other player to catch up.  This isn't as big of a problem in a 3 or 4 player game, since the other players tend to "gang up" on the leading player.  The leader tends to have fewer trading opportunities and becomes a victim to the robber a disproportionate number of times.  These factors tend to keep any one player from running away with the game in the early stages.
  3. Player/player trading doesn't happen.
  4. There is less competition for territory because there is more land per player.
  5. The game is quicker.

Rule Modifications

Although there is no substitute for the dynamics of a full 4 person game, I have found that the following rules make for a fun 2 player game.
The pace of the game is still quite fast, and players tend to have a lot of resource cards near the end of the game.

Optional Rules

I add the following two rules, although neither is essential to the variant described above.

Other Variants

Here are some other 2 player variants: