Teuber’s first published game, Barbarossa und die Rätselmeister (later renamed Barbarossa), won the Spiel des Jahres, Germany’s game of the year award, in 1988, and he quickly won two others for Adel Verpflichtet in 1990 and for Drunter & Drüber in 1991.
While those games are impressive on their own, they pale against the impact of 1995’s Die Siedler von Catan, which has since been rebranded as CATAN to increase international recognition of this historic game. To quote from the Spiel des Jahres’ memorial of Teuber:
Spielbox echoes this sentiment in its memorial:
Teuber began his game design career as a refuge from his daytime work of running his father’s dental laboratory after his father fell ill. As Börsenblatt editor Sabrina Gab notes in her profile of Teuber, he was initially inspired by The Riddle-Master of Hed, a novel about sorcerers by Patricia A. McKillip:
Once CATAN took off, Teuber became a full-time designer, enlarging his game universe year after year and inviting everyone else to play in it…
Klaus Teuber at SPIEL ’03 (image: Jon Power)