Using the CLEM Framework: Literature

Continuing from my last post, I will proceed to the next component of the CLEM framework.

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Literature:

What academic (and other) literature exists around this practice? Whether produced by the community or elsewhere. What is it? Where is it?

I haven’t been able to locate a lot of academic literature on the subject online through web search-engines. Little of relevance is available from the USQ library archive. The content that I have been able to locate on the web has mostly been created by the Catan playing community on blogs and social networks.

Interestingly, much of the academic literature on Catan is related to the field of artificial intelligence rather than human player strategies. I was surprised to find that few strategy guide books are advertised. Literature really is largely community produced.

One example of relevant academic literature on this subject: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6932884/

For non-academic community literature, I have found boardgamegeek.com, settlers-strategy.com and catan.wikia.com to be excellent sources.

Given its popularity, it was quite a surprise for me to find that little in the way of physical literature or journal articles have been published on this game. With its heavy use of dice rolling, I thought it would be of great interest to those in the field of probability. Perhaps the game features so many variables that it is too complex for accurate mathematical strategies to be designed.

More on this topic to come…

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