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Catan: Seafarers Game Expansion 4th Edition
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- This expansion requires the Settlers of Catan game
- Adds depth and complexity
- Compatible with all other expansions as long as the base game is used
- New Packaging & Tiles!!
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If you're looking at this expansion, you likely already are sold on Catan (or addicted!) and are looking to expand your game. You have a good number of options, including the 5-6 Player Extension, Seafarers, or Cities & Knights. All of them are solid, but if you were going to just get one, it would have to be Seafarers. Here is why:
1. Diversity of maps
The 5-6 player expansion allows you to play with more players, but it is basically the same game as the 3-4 player version. You don't get the addition of over a dozen different maps like you do with Seafarers. Knights and Cities is more of a different game altogether, and will be more unfamiliar than Seafarers. Don't get me wrong, the other two expansions are fantastic, but get this one first.
Seafarers unlocks a whole new realm of strategy. You can now build boats, discover islands, expand outward, control the pirate (like the robber, but used on water hexes), and generally play the game a few new and unique ways that are extremely satisfying.Read more ›
This expansion requires The Settlers of Catan to play, and is equipped with 4 sets of ships, additional resource hexes, many sea hexes, additional number tokens, new harbor tokens, a pirate ship, and an extensive rules and scenarios book.
The expansion uses much of the same rules as The Settlers of Catan. The biggest addition is that coastal settlements/cities can serve as links between the mainland and neighboring islands. A trade route of ships can be build from a coastal settlement/city along the coastline, or out to sea, much like building roads on land. 1 ship costs 1 Lumbar and 1 Wool to build.
In addition, once per turn. 1 ship on the end of an open trade route can be moved to a new location, as long as it remains connected to the trade route or to a coastal settlement/city. This game mechanic increases players' abilities to expand and explore when they are ready to.
Settling on islands can be beneficial as they may provide resources that are scarce on the mainland, or it can enable (a) player(s) to capitalize on significant (and sometimes) unrivaled production of certain resources. This is important because ports are typically located on the mainland in most scenarios, and will become extremely useful later on.
There are also 2 Gold Hexes provided. Gold Hexes provide players who have built there with resources of their choice when the number on the token is rolled. Gold Hexes are located on outlying islands, and are usually worth the effort and resources to reach and settle there.
Due to the extra cost of building ships, most games are played to 12 or more Victory Points.Read more ›
Durability-wise, this expansion is the same as the other settlers games--the board pieces are on nice quality cardboard and the pieces are made of painted wood. The box this expansion comes in is of very high quality as well.
Again, this game has lots of little pieces so be aware of that (though they do all come with storage baggies, and everything fits nicely and securely in the box.
Make sure that you have the 4th edition of the original expansion set, as this one is incompatible with the 3rd edition. If you have the 3rd edition you need to purchase the 3rd edition of Seafarers as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of Catan so I got my brother the expansion pack for his birthday. The expansion pack consists of different "scenarios" that you can set the game up with and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Emily G
Its a fun expansion but its a little complex and can extend the game quite a bit. While I like it 4 stars because most people I play with don't and won't use it.Published 16 days ago by Tom
Love the game. The variations of it make it challenging and fun. I would highly recommend this game and product.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
We like Seafarers a lot. The elements of the sea and travel across it are a fun addition to the classic Settlers. We don't break it out every time, as the scenPublished 5 months ago by Jeremy Reed
This expansion adds an entirely new dimension to the game. My group of friends enjoy playing games but Settlers of Catan had kind of become a little stale. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's been a while since I purchased this, but Seafarers is hands down the favorite Settlers add-on among our weekly board game group. The addition of ships and islands, ocean, etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer