Pioneers – game based on “The Settlers of Catan”

Pioneers is a GNOME computer implementation of the Settlers of Catan board game. It can be played over the internet.

The game includes a server, a client, a computer player, an editor and a meta-server (for locating running servers).

The GTK server has a user interface in which you can customise the game parameters. Once you are happy with the game parameters, press the Start Server button, and the server will start listening for client connections.

When you start the client program, it displays a connect dialog. You must define the hostname and port where the server can be located. You can enter these manually, or press the Meta Server button. The meta server maintains a list of all registered Pioneers servers that are currently running a game. This allows you to join a game anywhere on the Internet.

Pioneers is most fun with three or four players, but two players is still ok, or you can add some computer players if you like.

Pioneers was formerly known as Gnocatan.

Features include:

  • Play with up to 8 players.
  • Internet.
  • Artificial Intelligence.
  • Default boards are included, and SeaFarers.

Support: Manual
Developer: Dave Cole, Andy Heroff, Roman Hodek, Dan Egnor, and many others
License: GNU GPL v2


Pioneers is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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