Games in the Main Stream: Klaus Teuber, the creator of Settlers of Catan
Bringing up the hobby with a stranger can probably elicit one of two reactions: “You mean like, Monopoly?” or “You mean like, Settlers of Catan?” This is, of course, a vast generalization, but a good example of the two worlds of board gaming. In what appears to be an ongoing segment here at Dice Tower News, we will once again bring your attention to an excellent article profiling one of the major names in our hobby. In this case, the creator of Settlers of Catan, one Klaus Teuber.
The New Yorker gives an interesting and in-depthlook at Mr Teuber and his many accomplishments, profiling both himself and the creation of his biggest game to date, as well as offering an insight into the financials and sales generated by the biggest game around.
While many gamers these days would argue that Catan has transcended the niche hobby of board games,and is in and of itself a main-stream game; it is worth noting that for a lot of people, it was the gateway to a wider world, beyond Parker Bros. and the like. Looking past the fifty or so different expansions, licensed versions, and digital editions, this game, and the creator, remain a keystone in an ever-expanding hobby.