As all of you listeners know, I am a huge fan of Settlers of Catan. On Episode 15, I mentioned that we play with house rules and team rules to make the game even more enjoyable for our game group.
Here are the rules we have added/changed:
We play 4 player games on the 5-6 player expansion. This change gives us a lot more space to work with for growing our empires.
You get resources for the first two settlements that you place, instead of just the second one. This allows us to have a quicker start from the get go.
We ignore 7’s on during the first round. This is because starting with 6 cards instead of 3, really screws player 4 if a 7 is rolled before they take their first turn.
We play to 15 points with two teams of two players.
Teammates cannot trade with one another but they can steal from one another with 7’s and soldiers.
Teammates share development cards.
When a player has more than 7 cards and a 7 is rolled they may give on discarded card to their teammate.
Teammates share roads.
Let me know your feedback and any house rules you use!