Catan: Cities & Knights Game Expansion
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- This expansion requires the Settlers of Catan game
- Adds depth and complexity
- Tons of replay value
- Compatible with all other expansions as long as the base game is used
- Full Color Rules Book
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Dark clouds gather over the once peaceful landscape. Wild barbarians, lured by Catan's wealth and power, maneuver to attack. Their massive warships loom against the orange horizon. You must be strong. Barbarians attack the weakest targets, and the victim of their onslaught will be the player who contributes the least to the defense of Catan. Don't take any chances. Field your knights. In The Cities and Knights of Catan, you engage in the defense of Catan and compete to build the three great metropolises of Catan. Each of these magnificent centers are even more valuable than cities and are safe from the barbarians. You must invest in city improvements, which you acquire using commodities of trade: Coin, Paper, and Cloth. If you improve your culture, muster your knights, and enrich your cities, you will be the master of the great realm of Catan. This edition features all new artwork, and an insert tray to hold game components for up to 6 players
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How it makes the game different:
1) city walls: allow you to add +2 to your hand limit when a 7 is rolled. There are a total of 3 city walls for each player, so if you play them all, your hand size limit will be 13
2) in addition to the 5 resources, there are now 3 commodities: paper, cloth, and coin. If you have a city on a wood number, you will produce one wood and one paper. If you have a city on a sheep number, you will produce one sheep and one cloth. If you have your city on an ore number, you will produce and ore and a coin. Wheat and brick produce per normal.
3) with these 3 new commodities, you can buy upgrades to your buildings, which give you special abilities, and also allow you to win cards for free with certain dice rolls. The cards are much, much better than development cards! a LOT more powerful.
4) development cards are not used, rather they are replaced by 3 stacks of new cards, each one corresponding to the new commodities paper, cloth, and coin.
5) each player also gets 6 knights to play on the board. The knights have many abilities. a) they can chase away a robber as if a 7 was rolled. you can then place the robber anywhere you want, stealing cards from EVERYONE who is adjacent to that hex. b) the robber can block other people in a race to get a road placed. c) they can fight away the barbarians (to be explained later). knights move along your own roads taking actions when they are active.
6. there are barbarians who slowly make their way toward catan. When they reach Catan, the barbarians fight all activated knights on the board. all players fight together against the barbarians. The player's total score is the total number of activated knight points. The barbarians score is total number of cities on the board. If there are more cities than activated knights on the board, the barbarians win and the person with the fewest knights fighting has to lose a city and replace it with a settlement. If there are more activated knights than cities on the board, the players win. The player with the most knights wins a victory point. If there is a tie for most knights, each player gets a powerful card for free.
7. It is also possible to earn a metropolis. This is placed over one of your cities, and counts as 4 points total. This also makes your city indestructible in case of a loss to the barbarians.
8. Victory is achieved at 13 points.
As you can see, this really changes the game. It takes a game that used to be really good (but got overplayed) and really refreshes it, giving it so much more to think about. There are many options, a lot to consider. I will ALWAYS play the game with this expansion. It just adds so much depth to the game. If you used to love catan but got burnt out on it, this may renew that first love you had for the game. If you currently still love catan, then this is a great addition. It still feels like catan. It is just SOOOO much better! SEAFARERS of catan is just ok. it doesn't change the feel of the game much at all. But this one is GREAT. BUY IT!
One thing to know: The currently available version is 4th edition. The backs of the cards do not have any difference compared to 3rd edition. So they are *compatible*. The artwork in the flip books are a little different, but still recognizable (I have posted pictures). However, the basic 3rd edition has two 'natural' dices. The expansion needs a 'colored' red dice to decide the development card acquisition using the event dice. *UPDATE*: I contacted Mayfair customer service and they said they will ship a red dice 'free' to customers on request!
The main issue with the expansion is that, with certain game setups, it gives players an incentive not to develop and rather to find victory points elsewhere. In these instances, Cities and Knights plays pretty much exactly like a standard game of Settlers, which goes against the spirit of using an expansion. With four players competing instead of only three, this issue is less likely to arise. Like Settlers, Cities and Knights works best with a full complement of players.
Even if you have a lot of experience with Settlers of Catan, this expansion has an intimidating learning curve. However, once everyone is on-board, the game plays nicely. You probably won't want to use Cities and Knights every time you play Settlers, but once in a while, it adds a worthwhile flair to an already great game.