Celebrate World Environment Day with Catan: Oil Springs

Event Date: 
June 5, 2012 - 6:30pm
Koshland Science Museum (Washington, DC)

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.

Back by popular demand! Celebrate World Environment Day at the Washington, D.C. Koshland Science Museum by trying out the brand-new scenario for Settlers of Catan: Catan: Oil Springs. New resources and new rules put a spin on the classic board game, Settlers of Catan (by Klaus Teuber).

Will you create tremendous growth and exacerbate climate change, destroying the island of Catan, in the name of winning? Can you win without ruining the island? Players will debate these issues while enjoying spirited competition.

Before you play, learn how the game was developed and play the scenario with co-designers Erik Assadourian and Ty Hansen. After a round of Settlers, head into the museum's Earth Lab to understand the science of climate change that underlies the game. 

Join us from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at:

Koshland Sceince Museum
525 E St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tickets are $10, $7 for students. 

Interested in setting up your own Catan: Oil Springs event this World Environment Day? Please let us know by leaving a comment here or emailing us at catanoilsprings@gmail.com.


About Setters of Catan: Oil Springs

Recognizing the value of making sustainability education fun and engaging, Worldwatch's Erik Assadourian has helped develop Catan: Oil Springs, a non-profit scenario for the award-winning board game that  integrates a new resource into the mix—oil—and brings with it the opportunity for players to develop significantly faster, but not without risking industrial pollution and disasters such as coastal flooding triggered by climate change. Other sustainability challenges, including issues of development disparity, the resource curse, and limits to growth are integrated seamlessly into the game, where players struggle with whether they should use oil to grow even as they risk undermining the productivity of their lands and even risk inundation of the entire island of Catan.

Read more about Settlers of Catan: Oil Springs.