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The new Turaga elders of Mata Nui are in quite the conundrum. Their beloved villagers are having trouble remembering exactly how they wrangled the wild island of Mata Nui upon arrival, as they were still shaking off the dreary amnesia-coma of the dark Makuta. And they're good natured, hard working Matoran, they surely deserve to know, argue Turaga Nokama and Turaga Whenua, one day in a Turaga's meeting around the Amaja Circle. 
 
But, Turaga Vakama and Onewa have run into the age old issue of answering a question begetting only more questions, prying farther and farther back. And nobody wants to relive the dark last days of Metru Nui. And although nobody understood his clicks and whistles, Turaga Nuju pointed out somewhat smugly that he doesn't have to worry about disappointing his villagers with half-truths because they can't understand him anyways. 
 
So how, they all begin to bicker, to balance the curiosity of their hard-working villagers with enough truth to keep the real past concealed? 
 
"Enough!!" Turaga Matau ambles up to the circle, late again. But with good reason. "Why wrack-wreck our frail old brains trying to think-puzzle up an answer, when we can just send the Matoran on a little adventure of their own, to see for themselves?" And amidst accusatory derailments against his sanity and jokes about senility, the Turaga of Air proudly drops a sizeable box into the middle of the circle of Turaga. "Look-see, I know you were all wonder-missing where I was, the past few weeks (speak-talking to you, Nokama), but wonder-miss no more! I give you 'Settlers of Mata Nui'!" 
 
Matau heaved a melodramatic sigh, complete with an eyeroll that practically dislodged his Mahiki. "Don't all jump-shout at once." He flipped the lid off the box with the heel of his staff, and plopped down with surprising aplomb, excitedly unpacking the box. "It's a game! Next time they give you a stuck-stump question, just distract them with play-fun!"
 
"''Distracted with play-fun' is your entire life," Turaga Onewa said, a half-chuckle, half-grumble, as the other Turaga obligingly took a seat around Matau's new invention.  

 
(MAJOR DISCLAIMER: I own essentially nothing here. Obviously not Catan, obviously not Bionicle. Most of the artwork is from the Mata Nui/Voya Nui online games, screenshots from BS01. Also, this isn’t a topic to learn how to play Catan. There are YouTube videos for that. Example, here's a decent one, less than 4 minutes for those curious.)
 
 Each player (2-4) needs the following assortment of ONE COLOR of lego bricks. (Lego bricks optional if you can come up with a better idea)
  • Fifteen (15) road pieces. I was picturing 1x6 bricks for this. 
  • Five (5) settlement pieces, or Koros, in this case. 2x4’s would work. 
  • Four (4) city pieces, or Fortresses. A 2x4 with a 2x2 on top should suffice, but it’s probably fine to be creative. 
 
The game board will also need: 
  • One Makuta Stone. This is the Robber, for those who have played Settlers of Catan. A dark colored rock would go best with the spirit of the game, but as long as players can agree on a practical Makuta Stone piece, the sky is the limit. 
  • 2 dice, normal six-sided. 
 
Catan Original
Mata Nui Version 
Quantity Needed 
Forest Hex (Lumber)
Ussal Hex (Ussal)
4
Quarry Hex (Bricks)
Po-Wahi Quarry (Solid Protodermis)
3
Pasture Hex (Sheep)
Mahi Hex (Mahi Goats)
4
Fields Hex (Grain)
Le-Wahi Hex (Bula Berries)
4
Mountains Hex (Ore) 
Onu-Wahi Mines (Lightstones)
3
Desert Hex
Motara Desert Hex
1
Lumber Resource Card
Ussal Resource Card
19
Brick Resource Card
Protodermis Resource Card
19
Sheep Resource Card
Mahi Resource Card
19
Grain Resource Card
Bula Berries Resource Card
19
Ore Resource Card
Lightstone Resource Card
19
Knight Development Card
Toa Heroes Resource Card
14
Victory Point Card 
Victory Point Card
5
Year of Plenty Development Card 
Great Spirit’s Blessing Development Card
2
Road Building Development Card
Pathfinder Development Card
2
Monopoly Development Card
Trader’s Trick Development Card (Ahkmou)
2
Longest Road VP Card
Onu-Koro Highway VP Card
1
Largest Army VP Card
Toa Kaita VP Card
1
Building Cost Card
Building Cost Card
Per # of players
Trading Harbors
Trade Ships
9
Number Chips
Number Chips
18
 

 
Board 
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Hexes Example
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1. Ussal Hex
2. Lightstone Hex
3. Quarry/Protodermis Hex
4. Le-Wahi/Bula Hex
5. Mahi Hex
6. Motara Desert
7. Back of hex tile, if desired


 
Number Chips
Trading Ships
Ocean Borders (6 total)
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Cards
 
Resource Cards
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1. Ussal Resource (lumber)
2. Lightstone Resource (ore)
3. Protodermis Resource (brick)
4. Bula Resource (grain)
5. Mahi Resource (sheep)
6. Back of resource card
 
Development Cards
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1. Great Spirit's Bounty (Year of Plenty)
2. Pathfinder (Roadbuilding)
3. Trader's Trick/Ahkmou (Monopoly)
4. Toa Heroes (Knights)
5-9. Victory Point Cards
10. Back of Development Cards
11. Back of special VP cards (see below)
 
Special Victory Point Cards
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1. Onu-Koro Highway (Longest Road)
2. Toa Kaita (Largest Army)
 
Building Cost Card
 
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Also, an apology/warning, I haven't printed and tested the game. I don't want anyone running their printer dry just to have some cards be too small, some be too blurry, etc. etc. It fits together on GIMP, is all I can tell you for sure. 

Here is a dropbox link for the whole project. There's a folder with (hopefully) printable PDFs if anyone is interested in going through a gallon of ink :D:P They are NOT set up to be printed double-sided. Also, I almost drowned trying to get the ocean border tiles to format to the right size, so that's pending indefinitely. 

Feedback always appreciated! This was a fun project, and I'm excited to share! 

Play well!
EDIT: Fixed ocean border, replaced frame with water hexes, added hex printout and single-hex .png to dropbox. Example here. 
 
 
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added little title picture, courtesy of Faber/BS01 :)
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As a lover of both BIONICLE and Settlers of Catan, I have to say, well done! This looks like a very fun combination of the two, and the way you utilized the MNOG art is very cool!


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Thats's a pretty cool take on Settlers of Catan, which I also happen to adore. My only criticism would be the card implementation of the Toa Heroes (Knight cards), which essentially allows you to invoke the thief (i.e. Makuta, who is the arch-antagonist) to steal from other player(s). Something about using the heroes for an ignoble cause doesn't sit too well with me, but that's just me being super pedantic :) On the whole, I think you've done a tremendous job on this board, and the artwork all looks superb! If I didn't already have a copy of Settlers of Catan I'd definitely get this one printed! 

 

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Wow! I'm stoked this got featured!
 

On 6/17/2020 at 8:10 AM, Iron_Man5 said:

As a lover of both BIONICLE and Settlers of Catan, I have to say, well done! This looks like a very fun combination of the two, and the way you utilized the MNOG art is very cool!

I'm glad you enjoy! Yes, I had a grand old time digging through the MNOG files to find graphics that would work. My favorite part was booting up VNOG and playing through to find a good scene for the Ussal :)

On 6/17/2020 at 3:22 PM, BrickPharaoh said:

Thats's a pretty cool take on Settlers of Catan, which I also happen to adore. My only criticism would be the card implementation of the Toa Heroes (Knight cards), which essentially allows you to invoke the thief (i.e. Makuta, who is the arch-antagonist) to steal from other player(s). Something about using the heroes for an ignoble cause doesn't sit too well with me, but that's just me being super pedantic :) On the whole, I think you've done a tremendous job on this board, and the artwork all looks superb! If I didn't already have a copy of Settlers of Catan I'd definitely get this one printed! 

 

Haha, yes, I was originally thinking of using Bohrok for that purpose, but Toa looked a lot cooler, and I had more source material to pick from. Maybe I should try to spin it "the Toa get a tribute from the grateful Matoran", instead of 'the Toa robs you". It's all in the PR spin, right? :P  (or maybe I could have gone with the Voya Nui theme, because the 'toa' that showed up there definitely would have fit the bill) But yeah! I'm glad you like it! 


 

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Man this is sweet! I love it!

I honestly might try printing it (prob in black and white on the first run lol) later this summer!

This is awesome! :fonz: 


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On 6/18/2020 at 7:49 PM, MoarBotar said:

Man this is sweet! I love it!

I honestly might try printing it (prob in black and white on the first run lol) later this summer!

This is awesome! :fonz: 

Thank you!! Haha, definitely let me know if you do end up printing it! Apologies in advance if the proportions aren't right. I should have measured things in in/cm instead of pixels originally, but I realized that like yesterday :blink: So glad you like it! 


 

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