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A Burning Man project from 2007 by Matt Bell, the giant Settlers of Catan game now appears at various conventions and festivals. Action shots and construction pics in Matt’s Flickr set. Apparently the role of “robber” is occasionally played by a life-size cardboard cutout of a guy in a suit.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. The cutout “guy in a suit” robber is of George W. Bush. ;) I made it.

    1. Matt Bell says:

      Hi Nathan! This is Matt Bell. Also, I’m actually the co-creator. The other main creator is Julie Von Bergen. You can follow the whereabouts of the game at @giantsettlers on Twitter.

  2. My sister and I made a giant setters out of mostly felt. We sometimes take it to CA gaming conventions (it is inside only or the pieces tend to blow away). We also made matching muffin caps so everyone knows who’s who. Here’s a pic from someone playing it.

  3. Jared Moody says:

    where are the giant dice? :)