Die Siedler von Hessen or Catan: Hesse was the first regional scenario published in 2007 with the English-language version in 2009. Several other regional scenarios followed under the Catan Geographies label.
The State of Hesse is a federal state in central Germany while the cultural region of Hesse is much larger and encompasses the state of Hesse and part of the neighboring state Rhineland-Palatinate.
While most of the game play is exactly like playing regular Catan, there are some differences.
- Settlements and cities must be built with in the designated circles denoted real world cities.
- Roads can be built up to the settlement circles but can not be built beyond until the settlement it built first.
- The Distance rule is suspended.
- Special victory points are given to the first player to reach them.