Catan: Oil Springs scenario
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Catan: Oil Springs is one of the expansions to the popular game Settlers of Catan. In Oil Springs players receive additional cards with oil and can use it to develop their own cities and roads. As the game progresses and settlers use more and more oil, the threat of natural disasters and biodegradation starts looming above the island.


Players can develop cities and roads without oil thus avoiding consequences for the Catan’s environment. Or, they can choose to use the oil which resulting in irreversible damage to the environment.

Oil greatly accelerates the development of the infrastructure in the game which creates a dilemma – to use oil or not.


Environment. Pollution. Tragedy of the commons.

Target group


Players learn that intensive usage of oil can result in disasters and that one stakeholder’s profit from the oil can generate huge costs for others.

Players understand that the oil usage can lead to the pollution which negatively affects health and wellbeing of the people living in the area.

Players learn that the Coastal areas have the highest risk of the flooding and their protection is very expensive.

Players can experience the situation where excessive rivalry can lead to huge economic and environmental losses.

Players understand that the economic inequalities often are born from geographical conditions.

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The extension is free for non-comercial purpose. The Settlers of Catan is a commercial game.

Number of players

2 - 10 players

Number of moderators

no moderator


30-60 minutes


Settlers of Catan (Catan) board game

Materials for Catan: Oil Springs

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