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Catan creator, board game pioneer Klaus Teuber dead at 70

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board game designer Klaus Teuber, creator of the inhabitants of catan, died on 1 April after “a brief and serious illness”. He was 70 years old. Teuber’s family confirmed the game maker’s death in a news release on his company’s website.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential modern board games, the inhabitants of catan – later rebranded as Catan – was first published in Germany in 1995. That same year it won the Spiel des Jahres, one of board gaming’s most prestigious awards. Inspired by tales of Viking exploration, the non-violent experience gathers players together on a remote island, where they must communicate, negotiate and play a little bluff in order to advance. An economic simulation at its heart, Catan And its coveted resources, such as timber and sheep, helped build a bridge into the board gaming hobby for countless players around the world. According to its publisher, more than 40 million copies have been sold in more than 40 languages.

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A game of Catan 3D is set to play, with a massive mountain and a series of plains in the foreground.

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Catan 3D was released in 2021.
Image: Catan Studio / Asmodee

Taber remained close to his creations throughout his life, personally doing design work on many of them. Catanhas over 50 expansions. Contains Catan 3D, with elaborate tiles and tokens that he made by hand. his memoirs, my journey to catanIt was published in 2021.

“We mourn the passing of Klaus Teuber,” said the official Catan website. “The Tiber family respectfully requests that they be given the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved one in private and be allowed the space they need to grieve.”

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