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Catan adds climate change to the latest edition of the world-famous board game

Catan adds climate change to the latest edition of the world-famous board game
SustainabilitySustainability2 min read
In an era dominated by the allure of digital entertainment, few traditional board games have succeeded in remaining as relevant as 'Settlers of Catan'. This cherished game, which narrates a grand tale of trade, innovation, and conquest in the course of civilisation, has served as a link between generations, despite occasional playful disagreements.

Originally published in 1995 in Germany, the initial version prioritised growth over sustainability. However, the latest iteration, 'Catan: New Energies', designed by Benjamin Teuber, has preserved the core essence while addressing the challenges of the 21st century: contemporary dilemmas where rapid growth poses a threat to civilisation.

Drawing on game theory, this innovative approach has delved into the intricacies of environmental sustainability. It explores the concept of the 'tragedy of the commons', first introduced by ecologist Garrett Hardin in 1968, which emphasises the harmful effects of self-interested exploitation of shared resources such as grazing land, fisheries, and clean air and water.
Strategise or stagnate
The stakes in Catan remain high. As players delve into the strategic depths, they are confronted with the harsh realities of our planet's predicament.

In the new edition, pollution events disrupt resource production, global footprint markers serve as poignant reminders of our collective impact, and hazard tokens underscore the dangers of uncontrolled development.

Amidst these challenges lies the opportunity for innovation and collaboration. Players must negotiate with each other to reduce pollution, invest in clean energy infrastructure, and adapt strategies to changing environmental conditions to earn more points.
A catalyst for change across generations
Catan not only entertains all age groups but also educates and inspires young minds. The new edition encourages players, particularly the youth, to reflect on their role in shaping a sustainable future and underscores the power of collective action in addressing global challenges.

"Catan: New Energies" serves as a microcosm of our world, where self-interested pursuits risk dire consequences, but responsible stewardship can pave the way for a brighter tomorrow, claims the statement.

Yet, what truly distinguishes "Catan: New Energies" isn't just its gameplay — it's the unwavering commitment to sustainability in production. Made from sustainable wood and paper sources, with minimal plastic components, the game itself embodies the values it promotes.

So, gather your friends, roll the dice, and embark on this transformative journey where victory isn't merely about points, but about shaping a legacy for generations to come.