GEN CON 2019

Are you going to Gen  Con in Indianapolis? So are we! The Catan Studio staff is putting together lots of great things to do and see while you are at Gen Con. Here’s a list of cool Catan happenings:

Catan Booth #1229

Demo and Pre-order Catan: Starfarers!

We’ll have two prototype copies available of this exciting reboot for you to check out!

You will also be able to put in your pre-order for Catan: Starfarers in the retail shop.

Try out our other new releases and favorites

  • Catan Histories: Rise of the Inkas
  • Catan Traveler
  • Catan Dice Game
  • Rivals for Catan

Demo for resources

Demo games at the exhibit hall booth, or play in the event hall, and receive resource cards that you can trade in for FREE swag from the retail space, including this beautiful new poster, robber sheep and pirate sheep pins, and more.

Catan Signature Series Poster 2019

Catan Experience

Catan resource catanimals

We’re excited to share a brand new way to experience Catan at Gen Con this year!  

Find one of the five resource Catanimals located around the convention center and get a free pack of buttons representing that Catanimal.  

Trade with other players to collect one of each of the resource Catanimal buttons (wood, brick, wool, grain,and ore). Once you’ve got a full set, visit the Catan exhibit booth #1229 for a special gift to complete your collection.        


Catan Social Media and Hashtags

Want to follow along with all the fun things Catan is doing? Follow our social media accounts and use #Catan to join the conversation and share photos!





Catan Giant Floor Games

The giant floor games are back in the Gen Con Event Hall!

Many of the sessions are already sold out, but you can still get into these games. In the case of no-shows, you can use generic tickets to play, so stop by to see if there are any openings. Here are the games we’ll have in our event area in Hall C.

  • Catan
  • Star Trek Catan
  • A Game of Thrones Catan
  • Settlers of America
  • Catan Junior
  • Catan: Rise of the Inkas

Find the floor game event listings here.


Catan National Qualifier Tournament

Compete in one of the preliminaries for a spot in the Catan National Qualifier on Saturday. The games are located in Event Hall C, behind the GM/HQ booth. You’ll see our floor games and all kinds of fun Catan things happening!

Thursday preliminary – Find available tickets

Friday preliminary – Find available tickets

The top players of the preliminaries will play in the National Qualifier on Saturday.  The top 16 players from Saturday will play in the semi-final on Sunday.

The top four players will compete in the final. The winner earns a guaranteed seat at the 2020 Catan National Championship at Origins Game Fair.


The Spiel podcast panel – The Expanding Board Game Market

Starling Games booth  #2317, Aug. 1 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games, Indie Game Studios)
  • Shari Spiro (Breaking Games)
  • Morgan Dontanville (Catan)
  • Kathleen Mercury (Teacher, Game designer)
  • Gerald King III (Weird Realms, Kickin’ It with Mr. King)

The board game market has grown dramatically over the past two decades. From the mass market to board games figuring into pop culture and even mainstream media, the community of players has continued to expand as we see more designers and publishers try to reach a broader and more diverse audience. We’ll examine this topic from an industry perspective, asking how game designers/developers, publishers, retailers, educators and media outlets try to make sense of the market as a whole today and where it might be headed.


Live Streams

If you won’t be at Gen Con, you can still learn all about our newest games on live streams happening throughout the week.

  • Thursday, Aug.1, 1:15 p.m. ET | Asmodee Entertainment | Featuring Catan: Starfarers
  • Friday, Aug. 2, 10:15 a.m. ET | Asmodee Entertainment | Featuring Catan Traveler
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, 1:15 p.m. ET | Asmodee Entertainment | Featuring Catan Histories: Rise of the Inkas
  • Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 p.m. ET | Gen Con Twitch Livestream | Featuring Catan: Starfarers
  • Sunday, Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. ET | Board Game Geek | Featuring Catan: Starfarers