Klaus Teuber, Creator of the Board Game Catan, Dies at 70 - The New York Times
Last year, in an interview with Nikkei Asia, Mr. Teuber was asked why he thought Catan was so popular.
“There may have been a good balance between strategy and luck,” he said. “For example, roulette is only about luck, and chess is all about strategies. However, if you win in Catan, you think, ‘My strategy was good,’ and when you lose, you might think, ‘I was just out of luck.’ This is the same as life.”