When Bill Trammel and Nate Veldcamp launched their Kickstarter campaign for Catan Boards, they were hoping to raise $25,000 for their idea. Supporters loved the idea and shattered their original goal, eventually funding the campaign for over $360,000 and launching a new enterprise for the gaming duo.
Their idea solved a basic problem of the Settlers of Catan board game setup. The popular board game uses cardboard hexes to lay out an island, which players then compete on for land and power. A major flaw in the game design is the cardboard hexes themselves. Players know the board is tricky to keep together as people place their roads and cities and the dice hits and moves the pieces.
The Catan Board solves this problem. The board has inset spaces for the hex tiles and the roads, keeping everything in place. The solid plastic board can be lifted, so you are able to move you game if needed. It comes in two pieces, but snaps together to create one sturdy piece. The design is really great, and Bill and Nate obviously played enough Catan to know what players would want from their board.
The Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can order a Catan Board from the official website or on Amazon. The boards are offered in a sturdy blue plastic or an attractive bamboo option. This is a great gift idea for the Settlers of Catan fan in your life!