[Old News] Mr. Klaus Toiber, the creator of the popular board game `` Catan '' that sold over 40 million units worldwide, died



Game designer Klaus Teiber, who created the board game `` Catan '' in which players who settled on an island made up of hexagonal squares collect resources and proceed with development, will be 70 years old on April 1, 2023. died.

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Mr. Toiber was originally a dental technician by profession. Mr. Toyver's first work was ' Barbarossa ' announced in 1988 and won the Game of the Year in the same year. In addition, ' Dornter & Druber ' was also highly evaluated as a game designer, such as winning the Game of the Year in 1991.

The game that Toyver announced in 1995 is 'Catan'. In 1995, Catan won the German Game of the Year and German Game of the Year awards . Catan, which sold more than 40 million units at the time of writing, has become one of the most popular board games released in the past 30 years.

You can understand what kind of game Catan is by reading the following article.

I tried playing ``Katan 3D version'' where that world-class board game can be played luxuriously with fully painted three-dimensional tiles and frames - GIGAZINE

Over 50 expansions, spin-offs and revisions of Catan have been released since its launch. Below is a report that actually played the extended version that can be played by up to 6 people.

I tried playing the 6-person extended version of the board game 'Catan' that sold 30 million sets in the world - GIGAZINE

In 1999, after Catan became a big hit, Mr. Toyver retired from dentistry and made his debut as a full-time game designer. In 2004, he was inducted into the Origin Awards Hall of Fame, an American game award, and in 2010, he won the French Game of the Year Award, Asdor . However, in April 2023, he passed away at the age of 70 due to a 'sudden serious illness.'

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Catan Studios, which manages Catan's licensing rights, said in a statement following Teiver's passing, 'A legendary figure in the board game industry, her legacy will serve as an inspiration to the German board game industry and generations of gamers to come. I will continue to give you,' commented.

'Klaus' contribution to the board game industry is immeasurable,' said Pete Fenron, chief executive of Catan Studios. And most importantly, our dearest friend, Mr. Toyver, who pursued his creative passion for board games and continued to love board games, and to share his creations with someone who loves them. Let's celebrate his achievements by playing and we will never forget the impact he had on the world of board games.'

Jeep , who hosts the official Catan Japan Championship, said, 'We met Catan 14 years ago (2009) and learned about the wonders of board games. We were able to draw a wonderful dream through board games.Catan and many other works created by Mr. Toyver have spread all over the world and made people around the world happy.With his works, the world The inside has changed. I cannot thank you enough. Thank you very much. I can imagine how sad the people involved and the bereaved families must be. says.

In addition, Jeepy quotes Mr. Toyver saying, 'Let's play in a way that people say, 'I want to play with you again tomorrow.'' I feel that this is why Catan is loved all over the world.Through board games, people can connect and not only spend time playing, but also create a “fun future” where they can play again with those who played. It is,' he commented.

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