The MOP Up: Settlers of Catan goes alternate reality


If you are anything like my family and friends, then you probably have a copy or three of Settlers of Catan in play on any given weekend. It turns out that your kitchen table won’t be the only place you can get your Catan fix, as the series is going alternate reality in the style of Pokémon Go.

“Get ready for Catan World Explorers, an upcoming massively multiplayer augmented reality game that transforms the entire Earth into one giant game of Catan,” the studio said ominously. “Harvest, trade, and build in the real-world as cities and landmarks are transformed into opportunities to collect resources and build settlements. ”

And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)!

Over 3.4 million characters have been made for the post-war shooter Vigor, which isn’t bad for a three-month-old game. Patch 1.2 is on the way, and the studio is excited to keep this train rolling.

Small patch, small changes. That’s the EverQuest II story.

Mobile MMO Spiritwish released its first content update with a guild boss, three additional heroes, a world boss, and recruitment quests. You can download the game on the App Store or Google Play.

World of Tanks: Mercenaries is giving a huge XP buff this weekend and talking up Update 4.12, which includes tank and matchmaker enhancements. [Source: Press release]

New monsters, quests, and a map have arrived with Fiesta Online’s Ominous Valley update.

After Worlds Adrift’s closure, Bossa Studios is busy at work on other titles, including a surgeon simulator. NetEase wanted part of that action, which is why the company bought a minority stake in Bossa recently.

“Last week saw the launch of the Twisted League,” said Old School RuneScape. “Since then hundreds of players have explored every corner of Kourend and Kebos, killed thousands of cows, ploughed across Hosidius, and ultimately slain the mighty Olm.”

The Division 2 teased an upcoming holiday event and player presents!

Get ready to visit Reverse Land in MU Origin:

One player thinks that she has figured out how World of Warcraft could do housing:

Get a first look at RuneScape’s latest quest, Ranch Out of Time:


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Adam Russell

I can take out his appendix. I just made L8 in surgeon simulator!


My mom’s neighbor used to get myself and some of his friends/church members together and play Settlers of Catan, but I started to realize how racist it actually was (They would joke about ‘the colored people they sailed over as slaves’), and that he was playing it because it re-enforced his biases (‘We’re bringing civilization to the morons of the world!’ via missionary work.).

He’s an extreme fundamentalist American Christian, who, someday, will probably kill some people (Think white supremacist). I stopped speaking to him after he attempted to force me to join his cult.

Now he’s the girl’s basketball coach at the high-school (Imagine how many twisted thoughts he instilled in all of those people.) and was just elected for city council.

It scares the crap out of me to see someone with that kind of viewpoint ‘in power’ and nobody even realizes it about him/or they do(and support it).

It’s also pretty bad that people don’t realize how their games can be monopolized to push an agenda…as I’m guessing that wasn’t the intention of the original game…(Or maybe it really was, I mean, other games have pushed similar agendas lately…)

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Having played my share of Catan in my youth, I fail to see any racism in that game. That’s not to say someone can’t do racist RP around a game of Catan.