Klaus Teuber, the creator of the popular Catan board game, has passed away at the age of 70 after a brief illness, according to a family statement. The game, originally called The Settlers of Catan when it was introduced in 1995, is based on a set of hexagonal tiles and has sold millions of copies in over 40 languages. Teuber, who was born in Germany and worked as a dental technician before becoming a board game designer, never expected the game to be so successful. In the first five months of the pandemic in 2020, sales of the game skyrocketed as people played games during quarantine. The Catan studio team remembered Teuber as a “kind and selfless human being, an inspirational leader, and most importantly, as a friend.”

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