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Catan: Cities & Knights Game Expansion 4th Edition
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- High Quality
- Proprietary design
- Exceptional performance
- 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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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1) Instead of the development deck, you now have three progress decks (sciences, trade, and politics) which offer a broader selection of usable cards than the development deck and it's 90% knights and 10% events/actions. These decks correspond to three possible areas of improvement (see next item) and have some interesting effects (everything from allowing you to take cards from another player to pulling resources for free).
2) Cities can now be improved. You get a set of flip cards that you flip as you purchase city improvements. There are two benefits to city improvements: a) when you achieve the 3rd level of improvements you gain some bonus like the ability to trade two of any commodity for one resource or commodity (note: as commented on, this is not like the harbor benefit of 2:1 resources which limit you to trading resources for resources; however, it still comes in handy despite the limitation), and b) each improvement increases the changes you'll get to pull from one of the three progress decks.
3) The addition of an event die that you roll along with the standard 2d6. The event die will either move the barbarians closer (50% chance) or trigger a chance to pull from the progress decks (16% chance). As mentioned, city improvements increase your chances of scoring a card when one of the progress areas are rolled (i.e. if you get a 1 or 2 on the red die and a blue icon on the event die and you have the first city improvement in the science area, you can draw a card).Read more ›
The main negative against this game is the progress cards. You get progress cards whenever the third dice rolls your progress color and the red dice matches up with your city progress advancement. You can play as many as you want each turn. This, like dev cards in the original, at the start can lead to some fun surprises that mix up the gameplay. However, when you get to mid to end game where everyone has commodities advanced, it seems to us that every turn people are throwing 1-2 progress cards and the game seems to devolve into who is lucky enough to get a stack of the best cards, draw 8+ resources, score 4 points in one turn, and win. We're considering curbing the progress cards to be one play per turn, because everyone playing multiples seems to make the game border on ridiculousness.
A negative for us (but not for others) is that since we play over lunch break, the original catan we could finish in under an hour with 4 players. Cities and Knights usually takes 4 of us about an hour and a half, most of this being due to the more complex resource distributions (remembering commodity cards, moving the barbarian ships, distributing progress cards, etc). One is almost tempted to institute a rule that if the players forget to ask for a card, they don't get it, because it's too much for a banker to keep track of and slows the game. If you're not under a time constraint though this isn't an issue I suppose.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is way too much information to only be an expansion to the original Settlers of Catan. It might as well be an entirely new game. There are so many new rules. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael Modrzejewski
Honestly, I wanted to love this expansion and did quite a bit of research before purchasing. Our family is pretty competitive and I thought adding new opportunity for strategy... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kelsie
Love it. This is my 3rd expansion and definitely adds much more depth to the standard base game. I own Seafarers as well, and mixing the latter with this one makes the game a whole... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A few months after we bought the original Catan game, we needed something that made it a little more challenging. This is the game we chose and have not regretted it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer