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Settlers of Catan The Great River Board Game


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  • You need Settlers of Catan in order to use
  • 3 Tile Pieces make up the expansion
  • Adds aspect of "Gold Rush" to your Catan game
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 9.7 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B000MMED9K
  • Item model number: MFG 3113
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,391 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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This expansion to Settlers of Catan consists of a tile with 3 hex and a river. Every single construction on the side of this river is a gold point. Each 3 gold points worth one victory point. All the other rules are the same of the usual game - except you may require more victory points to win the game.

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Introducing to the world of Catan, The Great River of Catan! A unique, three-tile, die-cut piece that brings the excitement of the gold rush to your The Settlers of Catan? game and your Cities and Knights or Seafarers as well. This new variant includes: 1 three hex river tile to fit your base game, 10 new number counters, and special rules. The Great River of Catan challenges Catan fans to race for the gold by building settlements and roads alongside the river tile. Those who build along its banks stand to profit from the gold craze sweeping the land, for they will receive gold for each settlement and road they build on the river. Once players have accumulated sufficient gold they may exchange it for victory points!

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Excelletn addition to the Catan board game.
L Ladybug
I had read the previous comments and photocopied the back of the tile first thing before punching the game piece so I would have the game rules at hand.
Tom Grimes
Also, don't let it get bent, it's very hard to get it to lay flat again once it's bent!
M. Taylor

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L Blitstein on May 7, 2009
The River Tile is a nice, affordable accessory at about $5 (incl. shipping), and does add a new dimension to the Settlers of Catan. The River Tile adds 1/3 Point on each road, settlement, and city built along the 3-hex River Tile, so you need 3 of any kind to reward you with a point towards winning the game. However, the rules suggest playing to 12 points, rather the normal 10, to make the game run about the same duration. I'm not sure we'd use the River Tile every time, but it does makes things interesting when used every so often.
One drawback (which I have not seen mentioned by anyone else leaving reviews): the River Tile is slighly undersized, roughly 1/8", relative to the other Settlers tiles - I bought the 4th and latest Version of Settlers in April 2009 (box dated 2007) from Amazon, and the tile from a Amazon seller about 2 weeks later. They should be compatible, but aren't quite. It's not just the way the cardboard is cut - the printed graphics of the tile are just slightly smaller. Consequently, the tile is a loose fit in the Settlers board matrix, and tends to slide around when roads and settlements are placed on it. A minor nuisance. Hopefully correctable in a future release of the Tile (I'll probably end up adding some cardboard around the tile and taping along the edges to "beef" it up.). I'm curious if anyone else has found this to be the case.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shane Windham on December 13, 2010
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Aside from making the game take a little longer to get going, this didn't really bring much to the table. You can't immediately build on the 3 new tiles. This, in essence, makes the beginning board function as though there are 3 desert tiles instead of just the 1, which limits initial play spaces and also makes certain resources more scarce. This can be a good and a bad thing. Bad for obvious reasons. Good because there's generally a player that takes off at a running start and looks like the clear winner in most rounds of Catan. This levels the playing field a bit in the beginning. There are bonus points to be won for playing on the new tiles later in the game. But, again, this didn't add much depth or change the overall strategy, the way (for instance) the excellent and cheap Fishermen of Catan expansion does. Two more things that irked me about this expansion were the facts that the addition of the 3 new tiles makes for a board that doesn't fit together as snuggly as the original and (most importantly) that the instructions for this expansion are printed on the back of the 3 new tiles; making it almost impossible to know the rules in the middle of a game without deconstructing the board momentarily. All that said however, this is still Settlers of Catan and this expansion makes for an interesting change of pace; even if it's rarely going to be used. There are better expansions to be had. But that doesn't make this terrible. It's merely so-so comparatively.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dadinator on February 4, 2009
For $3, you can't get any better than this. It adds a different dimension to the game without changing the basics. The only knock on the item is that it didn't fit precisely within the rest of my set, but if that's my biggest problem of the day I should be happy. 1st get this one, then get the fisherman mini expansion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Bauer on September 11, 2011
I bought this expecting it to add to the Settlers of Catan experience. It didn't really enhance the game at all.I was disappointed. I think I played it once before giving it away.

As far as durability goes, it's a single cardboard piece that can be bent easily. Furthermore, the directions for this are printed on the BACK of this cardboard piece. How dumb is that? You have to scan or copy it if you want to refer to it during the game.

NOTE: You do not need to buy this addition if you plan to buy the Traders and Barbarians expansion, as it is included in that, along with the Fishermen of Catan addition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph A. Famiglietti on August 12, 2011
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We found this expansion plays better when we play 5-6 players rather than 2-4. (Fishermen, on the other hand always plays great- 5 Stars for that) Since players can't set up on the three River tile inserts, it eliminates a large part of the 19 hex tiles to work with. With the 30 tile 5-6 player game these three hexes aren't so significant in the initial set-up.
These Gold bonus hexes will usually produce about 5-6 victory points with one player taking 3 VP and another 2 in an average game. The real key to how agressively players pursue these Gold VPs is the numbers in the hexes. If those numbers are 5,6,8 & 9 the rush will be fast. If the numbers are 2,3,4,10,11& 12 the rush will be proportionally less.
I'd say for the ocassional player, they could take-it or leave-it on this expansion. But for avid weekly players Rivers is a "must have" $3.00 piece of cardboard.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Esther on July 5, 2007
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The river tile adds nicely to the Settlers of Catan. It didn't change how we played the game to much and was actually relatively simple for a beginner player to learn. I had never played any of the Catan games and found the river tile to be fun and interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Superstar on August 24, 2012
The River tile replaces the desert, and one brick and rock square on the game board.
It presents a fun twist to the base rules and is easily incorporated into any game, including one using several other expansions. I like to use it with Catan: Cities and Knights Game Expansion because it presents an additional reason and opportunity for clashes between knights as players try to build on and around the river. Also on a point of game flavor I enjoy the Robber residing in a swamp as well.

Players considering purchasing this add-on should be aware Catan: Traders and Barbarians Expansion contains this expansion as well as many others (including another shorter river tile), and may provide a better value. Also this version was designed with an older edition of the game in mind, and some players may find it fits up with the other pieces a bit loose. The Traders and Barbarians version rectifies this.
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