Klaus Teuber, creator of the hugely popular Cadden board game, has died after a short illness, according to a family statement. He is 70 years old.
When introduced in 1995, the board game based on a set of hexagonal tiles, originally called The Settlers of Caton, sold several million copies and was available in more than 40 languages. It has spawned dozens of spinoffs and new versions, including electronic versions, not to mention sports-related products.
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Tüber family announces the passing of their beloved husband and father, Klaus Tüber, on April 1, 2023, at the age of 70, after a short and serious illness,” the statement, published in German, said. Kaden website. The family requested privacy.
A statement from the Kaden Studio team on social media said, “While Klaus’ contribution to the board gaming industry is immeasurable, we will remember him as a kind and selfless man, an inspirational leader, and most importantly, a friend. “
Teuber was born in June 1952 in the German city of Roy-Friedenbach. He was working as a dental technician outside the industrial city of Darmstadt in the 1980s when he began designing board games in his basement, he told The New Yorker in 2014. “I had many problems with the company and the profession,” he said. said. “I made games to escape. This is my own world that I created.”
In the multiplayer game, contestants use five resources to build their colonies or settlements: wool, grain, wood, brick, and ore. Teuber never thought his game would be so successful; She finally quit her job as a dental technician in 1998 “when I realized Caden could feed me and my family,” she told The New Yorker. Sports became a family business.
In the first five months of the pandemic in 2020, sales rose as people played in quarantine, the company told NPR.
The Catan studio team urged mourners to “honor Klaus’ memory by being kind to one another, fearlessly pursuing your creative passions, and enjoying the game with your loved ones.”