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Catan: Oil Springs is an official scenario for The Settlers of Catan. Written by Erik Assadourian and Ty Hansen and was released on October 19th, 2011. Developed by Transforming Cultures Project of the Worldwatch Institute, with graphical design and publishing support from Catan GmbH and Mayfair Games, all in an effort to raise awareness of the effects of oil usage on the environment. "Revenue from the sales of the cardboard version of this scenario will be used to cover the expenses of graphics and printing. Further profits will support Worldwatch's Transforming Cultures Project."


Eureka! Oil Has Been Discovered on Catan
That’s right, oil has been discovered on the island of Catan! And after many years of study, the great engineers of Catan have learned ways to improve production using this valuable new resource, both by converting it into other resources and enabling the upgrade of cities into metropolises.

But oil is scarce and its use does not come without cost. Using oil produces pollution, as well as climate changing emissions, which bring with them the threat of coastal flooding—and absolute disaster. With the discovery of oil on Catan, its inhabitants face a new challenge: deciding whether the common good is worth limiting oil usage or whether the pursuit of victory is worth the risk of ruin.

Scenario Components[]

This scenario contains...

  • 21 Oil tokens (with Sequestered Oil on the back)
  • 6 Metropolis tokens
  • 4 Oil Spring tiles
  • 1 Champion of the Environment token
  • 7 Victory Point tokens
  • 1 Disaster Track (with Disaster Track marker)

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