Sea3D freeware clone of Settlers of Catan
is the best way to play online this popular game. You probably should
buy the board game Settlers of Catan or at least play it before. If not
you can read the rules from the encylopedia.
download sea3dall120a.zip v1.2.0a 6.94MB released May 15, 2004
If you wish to play Cities and Knights Expansion try asobrain java version.
Hotseat is playing with friends on one computer...ahhh
not as fun as playing a network game over the internet
Players start out by taking turns and placing a 2 cities and 2 roads.
The board map is flat but that can be rotated, zoomed or panned.
you can change view of the map whichever works for you best.
Rotate map by holding right mouse button.
Pan up,down, left, right by holding both mouse
Zoom in and out of map with scroll wheel.
When a player rolls it'll highlight the roll and show the hexagons. In
this case a 4 was rolled.
Trading is a huge part of the game. You can make offers during your turn
and others can Accept, Reject or Counter offer.
When you role a 7 or play a solider card
you move the robber and get to steal a card from a player.
Legend you can view at anytime to remind you how many resource cards to
1 wheat, 1 ore, 1 sheep = development card
1 wood, 1 brick = road
1 wood, 1 sheep = ship
1 wood, 1 wheat, 1 brick, 1 sheep = settlement
2 wheat, 3 ore = city
You can have the hide the toolbar if you wish for more
screen space. Stats are always interesting to look at..especially the
average time a person takes on their turn.
You can buy development cards and play them. Development
cards can range from Soldier, Victory Point, Year of Plenty (choose 2
resource cards from bank), or Monopoly card (choose one resource and all
players must surrender all cards with that resource if they have them.)
Smiley face indicates how many points player has. As
you can see top player (grey) won as he reached 10 points to win (12 points
actually). Grey player has 3 solider cards and thus the
largest army (2 points). Orange player has 7 consecutive
roads which is the longest road (2 points). Hold your
mouse over the player and it'll automatically expand showing your resource
cards or how many resource cards/development cards your oppents have in
their hand. Settlements (small structures) are worth
1 point and Cities are worth 2
points (large structures).
General Settings pretty much self-explanatory.
Graphic settings...just about any semi-decent video card should suffice.
If I'm on top (first player) then I'll check Always show self
in network games to avoid having to move my mouse over myself
to see my resource cards.
Choose new game and choose hotseat (friends
on one computer play against each other) or network which
is over the internet.
Adding a player is easy. I recommend registering as most
games are ladders (which ranks you and keeps track of your progress).
Click Find games and a list will come up. If blank just
have it Auto-refresh every 30 secs and be patient.
Now best option is to host a game. Why? Well as soon
as your finished you can start a new one right away without having to
search for a new game of your liking.
Click Select Map and choose one.
Here's the variations but if you choose ladder
game (recommended) many options become unavailable.
I'm behind a router/firewall so I need to do an couple extra things.
I login to my router and create a port forwarding rule for port
7176 to forward to my computer ip that I'll be hosting it on.
Click Advanced and put in your public ip address. Find
your public ip address here.
Default is 6 players so change to 4 players if your just hosting a standard
3/4 player map. Click OK and wait just a bit and players will start joining
and after they all click ready just click Start Game
and away you go.
There is also tons of official maps. Here's a screeenshot of Oceans IV
A new Cities3D is being worked on which will
be cross platform Windows, Linux, MacOS. See Cities3D
section of the forum for more info or Cities3D Project Homepage.
Updated Jun 27, 2006