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Catan Seafarers Board Game Expansion | Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Adventure Board Game | Ages 10+ | for 3 to 4 Players | Average Playtime 60 Minutes | Made by Catan Studio
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- THIS IS AN EXPANSION TO THE CATAN STRATEGY BOARD GAME BASE: You will need a CATAN Base Game in order to play with this expansion. In CATAN SEAFARERS, you control a group of bold seafaring settlers exploring and taming the wild, uncharted Isles of CATAN. Embark on an epic quest to settle the home island, build ships, and chart nearby waters
- FUN GAME WITH COUNTLESS REPLAY OPPORTUNITIES: The completely variable board provides great value through nearly limitless replayability. You will never have to play the same game twice. Looking for new adventures? Try CATAN expansions (Note: Expansions require CATAN base game to play)
- BUILD AND/OR JOIN A COMMUNITY: Whether you play as a family, a board game group, or via video conference as you stay at home, CATAN is a social game that provides plenty of opportunities for player interaction. You may even find yourself exploring the exciting world of CATAN tournaments
- MINUTES TO LEARN AND A LIFETIME TO EXPLORE: The basics of CATAN can be learned in just minutes, but it offers enough depth to remain compelling as you explore strategies and tactics for years to come
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND AVERAGE PLAYTIME: This family and adult board game can be played with 3 or 4 players. We also offer CATAN extension packs for 5-6 players as separate items. The average playtime is 60 minutes
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In Catan: Seafarers you control a group of bold seafaring settlers exploring and taming the wild, uncharted Isles of Catan. Each game brings you to new seas and new lands.
Embark on an epic quest to settle the home island, build ships, and chart nearby waters. Guide your brave seafarers to victory through cunning trades and wise development.
The game comes chock full of new scenarios to explore. You might even discover the precious gold fields - a very valuable new terrain.
Be first to create new sea lanes and settle the newly discovered isles.
Capture the adventure of seafaring, exploration, and trade. Catan: Seafarers is a 3-4 player expansion for the best-selling Catan board game. Share some fun at sea!
The best strategy and a nice dash of luck decide who will be the undisputed ruler of the rich Isles of Catan!
This is not a complete game! Requires the base Catan game to play.
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In Catan: Seafarers you control a group of bold seafaring settlers exploring and taming the wild, uncharted Isles of Catan. Each game brings you to new seas and new lands. You might even discover the precious Gold fields (a very valuable new terrain).
Every game is unique and full of fun!
Embark on an epic quest to settle the Home island, build ships, and chart nearby waters. Guide your brave seafarers to victory through cunning trades and wise development. Be first to create new sea lanes and settle the newly-discovered isles.
The best strategy and a nice dash of luck decide who will be the undisputed ruler of the rich Isles of Catan!
Capture the adventure of seafaring, exploration, and trade.
Catan: Seafarers is a 3-4 player expansion for the best-selling Catan board game. Share some fun at sea!
60 Wooden Ships
1 Pirate Ship
6 Frame Pieces
19 Sea Hexes
11 Hexagonal Region Tiles
50 Catan Chits
10 Number Tokens
10 Harbor Tokens
1 Rulebook and Scenarios.
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Q. What do I need to play this game?
A. You will need the base Catan game (called Catan) in order to play Seafarers.
Q. How many players can play?
A. 3-4 players can play. There's a 5-6 player extension for Seafarers, but you need to get the 5-6 player extension for base Catan as well.
Q. Does this expansion make the game take longer?
A. The duration depends on which scenario you chose to play, but the estimated length for Seafarers is 90 minutes while normal Catan is estimated 60 minutes.
Q. What’s the difference between 4th Edition and 5th Edition?
A. Very little. In the 5th Edition, sea hexes are a slightly darker and bluer color (which makes them look slightly better, but only by a hair). The number tokens are a little different as well; in the 5th Edition, the higher-rolled numbers are printed larger than the lower-rolled numbers (so 12 and 2 are a small font size, while 6 and 8 are larger). This makes them a little less appealing, but it’s not bad. Also, the 5th Edition has slightly nicer artwork (at least in my opinion), but they look pretty similar.
Q. Should I get the 4th Edition or the 5th Edition?
A. Obviously, you want to get whichever edition your base Catan game is, so that they match well. If you haven’t bought Catan yet, though, I would recommend the 5th Edition (mainly because it’s newer) unless the 4th Edition is cheaper.
Q. What pieces are included? How well made are the pieces?
A. There are 6 frame pieces, 19 sea hexes, 11 terrain hexes, 50 Catan chits, 10 number tokens, 10 harbor tokens, 61 wood ships (15 each of red, blue, orange, and white, and 1 black pirate ship), and the rules/scenarios booklet. I counted everything and there were no missing pieces. As for the quality, it’s not bad. The hexes fit a little loose in the frame, but they’re not too bad. Some of the printing was a little off-center on my copy, but it’s really only very noticeable on the number tokens (the 4th Edition didn’t have this problem). All in all, though, it’s pretty good.
Q. So what’s the Seafarers expansion all about?
A. Basically, instead of having one island like normal Catan, there are now multiple islands separated by sea hexes. You start on the main island and get to the other islands by building ships, which work exactly like roads, except that they are built on water. There are also two gold hexes, which give you a resource(s) of your choice when you build next to them. There are eight scenarios, with different layouts and some slightly different rules. The scenarios are very fun, and add variety to the game.
Q. And what about the other expansions?
A. There are three other main expansions for Catan:
There's Cities and Knights, which makes the game more intense: In addition to the usual resources, commodities have been added. You get them by building cities. With these commodities you can get useful progress cards which give you powers (such as building free roads, stealing cards, trading capabilities, etc.). You also get knights, which protect your cities from the Barbarians. There are plenty more rules, but that’s the basic idea.
In Traders and Barbarians, you have different variants and scenarios. It adds variety to the original game with such scenarios as “The Fishermen of Catan,” “The Rivers of Catan,” and “Traders and Barbarians.”
Explorers and Pirates adds much more board space, and has four scenarios, plus a fifth scenario which combines the first four. Cities have been replaced with harbor settlements, and ships have been added to carry your settlers. Again, there are more rules, but that’s the main idea of the game.
Q. Those expansion packs all sound great. Which one should I get first?
A. Seafarers is the easiest to learn, and is great for even those without much experience with Catan. I would recommend getting it first. But Cities and Knights is also great for those seeking more depth and intensity. If you have a good amount of experience with the original game, you may want to get that one first. If you want, you could download the instructions for each expansion (they’re available on Catan’s website), and skim through them to see which one sounds good to you.
Q. How fun is Seafarers?
A. I love it, and so does everyone I know who has tried it. If you love Catan, you will most likely love Seafarers.
Q. Can you combine the expansions?
A. Kind of. Cities and Knights works pretty well with some of the scenarios in Seafarers. Explorers and Pirates is probably the least compatible (mainly because the ships move differently in Explorers and Pirates than Seafarers, and you can’t build cities, which are important in Cities and Knights), but with some rule tweaking, you may be able to get it to work with the others (if you like creating your own scenarios, you may enjoy that). Catan’s website has some ideas for combining different expansion packs.
Q. So would you recommend Seafarers?
A. Absolutely! If you enjoy playing Catan, and are looking to add some variety to your game, this is a great expansion pack. It’s easy to learn, but at the same time makes the game much more fun.
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Some people give this expansion crap for not being as "strategical" as Cities and Knights but I think this uncomplicated expansion adds some much needed balance to the game. Since Boats are made of Sheep and Wood, Seafarers makes being a Sheep Lord more feasible lol. In base Catan if all you have too much sheep it's pretty much over unless you have a sheep port or noob traders
By Dubier Yamid Estrada Agudelo on May 19, 2018
The board pieces were perfect and there is so much variability and replay-ability I'm so glad i picked this up when it was on sale.
The biggest change is the NEED FOR SHEEEP! YES I WILL TAKE YOUR SHEEP THANK YOU. I love this game.
You have to build ships as well as roads so brick, wood and sheep are huge. Ports are important so plan ahead and try to get a port for something near you and near one of the islands.
* New unit, boats
* Bigger maps
* A bunch of setups/modes that add variety (4 islands, fog islands, across the desert)
My game group prefers the fog island setup. You have two islands on either side of the map, and a region of undiscovered (read: face down) hexes in the middle. As soon as you build some ships out to the "undiscovered" area, you flip the hex and pull a number token from the bag. Adds risk/reward and incentive to move around the map. Very fun.
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It's not only a good setting stone to other expansions, as this is the easiest to grasp, if you desire it's also the best expansion to combine with another, most commonly with Cities & Knights, which in terms of added gameplay it adds the most depth and strategy (and with it complexity making it a bit too much for a family game, so know what you're getting into).
All in all, a fresh of breath air if you've grown stale of regular Catan and want more, but not that much more you're overwhelmed, this little thing adds a lot to your games of Catan.
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We found it easy to learn and it's a great first expansion if you're just coming from the main game, and there are several different scenarios to choose from so you don't get through it quickly!
Would recommend as a first expansion pack if you're not sure which one to go for!
Secondly, this is just the expansion to the base game and adds no players, you need to fork out another £40 for the seafarers added player expansion. If it didnt end up coming out of my bank account I'd think the practice was very clever.