Obtaining newer versions

New versions of Pioneers are regularly made available. See the homepage for latest version.

Reporting Bugs

If you encounter a bug, report it with the bug tracker on SourceForge. ( ). Please check first if you have the latest version.

Authors and History

Pioneers is a GNOME game based upon the board game Settlers of Catan created by Mayfair Games. Pioneers was originally authored by Dave Cole in the spring and summer of 1999, under the name Gnocatan. Dave wanted to be able to play the game without having to travel, so he developed a computer implementation of the game. The Pioneers project stalled in the late summer of 1999 and saw little development until the early spring of 2000 when the project was taken over by Andy Heroff and moved to SourceForge. Andy recruited several developers (including Dave) and they improved upon the original game as well as fixed bugs that have been found in older versions.

After summer 2002 the Pioneers project lay dormant again, when in summer 2003 Bas Wijnen found some security bugs, and started programming new features. A little later he was joined by Roland Clobus. Bas made the split between the core code and the user interface, while Roland was working on the user interface.

In June 2005 the project was renamed from Gnocatan to Pioneers.

To be continued...