CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Catan Card Game
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- Players control a group of settlers taming the lands of medieval Catan
- Use the unique card mix to create a map of your own principality, then explore and settle new lands,
- Cunning and a dash of luck decides who will be the undisputed master of Catan
- For 2 Players
- Ages 10 and up
- Use the unique card to acquire resources through card play and the luck of the dice
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My friends and I played the Settlers of Catan and the Starfarers board games, and the associated expansions, for a couple of years before I decided to try the card game. I'm a gamer and I could never get my wife to play video games. But she took to this game immediately and we've expanded our collection to include the expansion and several other similar card games.
There are similarities to the Settlers of Catan board game, but there are alot of differences as well. The rules are relatively simple and easy to learn. If you've played any Mayfair game chances are you'll understand the rules pretty well after one game. If you are new to this type of game it might take a couple of trys to learn the rules.
The basic premise of the game is to build a principality and in the process be the first to reach 12 victory points. You can either chose to expand your principality by building more villages or by improving it with cities and associated buildings. Buildings and improvements are built by gathering the necessary resources of brick, wood, wool, and grain; gold serves a kind of commodity that you can trade for other resources. Various improvements e.g. fleets make trading for other resources more efficient or can even double your land production. Each games takes an hour or two to complete and *alot* of table space.
I am a big fan of the board game and have bought all the expansions. I was hoping this game would be a travel version of the board game, in card form. It is not.
First off all it requires a LOT of table space. Even more then the board game! You need to lay out your cards to build your principality. On top of that there are 10 other piles of cards. You get the idea.
Second, the rules are not as clear as the board game. It doesn't play as easy or clean. It helps to have played the board game. That way you have a basic understanding of what is going on in the game. The rules are somewhat confusing in their terminology and leave questions that occur during gameplay.
It requires a lot more thinking then normal SoC and has an unusual twist; Memorization. Part of the game involves digging through the piles of cards to get the ones you want. If you can remember what cards are in what piles, and additionally where the card you want is, you have an advantage.
Overall it is difficult to play at first, but you soon begin to get the hang of it. It is not quite up to the level of the other Catan games, but then again, what is?
To explain better - two player games pretty much mean one person beats the other. A lot of card games or board games do this by players attacking each other. Chess, checkers - to name the easy ones, also games like Stratego, Monopoly - all pretty much focus on one player beating the other.
Catan gives a different feel. In Catan, the actions of one player affect BOTH players - "event dice" rolled at the beginning of each players turn affects both players. "Event cards" selected by each player do the same. In fact, very few actions performed by a player are done with negative effects to their opponent and positive effects to themself. Some cards can be played to protect the card holder from an action done by the event cards or dice, which leaves the other player to fend for themselves - but this never feels like you're attacking each other. In addition, the "knights" that you can place in your settlements and cities never actually fight each other. Tournaments will sometimes take place, awarding the player with the stronger presence of knights, but again - player one never attacks player two, or vice versa.
All this results in a game that acts as more of a race than a battle. Who can build their civilization into the bigger one sooner? A lot of it is luck of the roll, but there is also a LOT of strategy, especially regarding use of resources. You can buy your way out of a lot of problems, provided you've managed your resources wisely.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Various ways to win by focusing on knights, settlements/cities, buildings, and/or commerce points. The more times played the more means to gain points present themselves. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. Douglas J. Gerber
I gave this 4 stars because it's a great game. The large tiles are very study and the game play is fairly straightforward. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Randall J Gruber
My husband and I love to play Settlers of Cataan although it is meant to be played by three or more players. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Kimberly P. Williams
There's a lot to like about this 2-player spin-off of Settlers of Catan (which I love). The knights have unique capabilities and even names. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Dan
My wife and I bought this game before we went on vacation at the recommendation of a few friends who are Settlers of Catan board game nuts. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by The Big V
A fun two player game. It helps if you have played Settlers of Catan in the past, as far as understanding the rules and concepts. Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by Michael McCarthy
As creative as the original Catan game, but you can play the card version with just two players. There is one number dice and one event dice. Rolls determine the resources you get. Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by Gene Cloner
Settlers of Catan Card Game is a great addition to the Catan World. Limited to two players, it pits you against each other without wanting to kill the other player for building a... Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Picobal
I love this game.
i'm addicted to it.
Strategy game that makes you think about your own life strategy :)