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Rivals for CATAN Card Game for 2 Players Deluxe Edition (Base Game) | Card Game for Adults and Family | Strategy Card Game | Ages 10+ | Average Playtime 45 minutes | Made by Catan Studio
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.75 x 10.75 x 7.5 inches|
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- STRATEGY CARD GAME: Build your domain to best your Rival. Rivals for CATAN puts you in charge of one of the two factions developing newly-settled CATAN. Use your unique card mix to create your own principality. Explore and settle new lands. Acquire resources through card play and the luck of the dice.
- FUN ADVENTURE CARD GAME: Use gold, resource combinations, and trade to develop your domain. Expand your settlements and cities, recruit heroes, and defend your lands through politics, invention, and intrigue. Use your cunning! Become prince of CATAN!
- RIVALS FOR CATAN DELUXE OFFERS MULTIPLE EXPANSIONS: Continue exploring the ever-mysterious and fantastic land of CATAN by trying the Rivals for CATAN Expansions (Note: Expansions require the Rivals for CATAN base card game).
- EASY TO LEARN AND COUNTLESS REPLAYABILITY: This fast-paced card game offers subtle card interaction and deck manipulation strategies that will make the game never the same.
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND AVERAGE PLAYTIME: This casual card game is the best way for 2 players to settle and develop the ever-mysterious and fantastic land of CATAN. Perfect for couples, families, or any pair of friends who want to explore CATAN. The average playtime is 45-60 minutes.
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2-player card game
A fast-paced card game for two players, that puts you in charge of developing the newly settled world of Catan.
Use your unique card mix to create your own principality and compete to see who can push farther ahead.
Explore and settle new lands, acquire resources through luck of the dice and clever card play.
Build new settlements, roads and cities, while constructing new buildings and ships to boost your infrastructure.
Never the same, this casual card game is perfect for couples, families, or any pair of friends ready to explore the world of Catan! You can really mix things up by adding any or all of the three extra expansions that come with the basic deck.
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Submerge yourself into the bustling life on Catan - be the Prince or princess of Catan and decide on the fate of its settlers. In addition to settlements, roads, and cities, you also construct the buildings where your subjects work, hire heroes that make your opponent's life as a gamer difficult, and build ships to boost your trade.
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On the second review, I don't have a problem with them scoring it with 3 stars, but I will totally disagree that games are generally the same and that the first player to have a turn has a significant advantage. If you play without using any of the expansion sets, yes games can tend to be very similar. However, the different themes offer 4 additional ways to play that can significantly alter player strategy. And lastly, I don't think that the player with the first turn has a significant advantage. They might have an advantage in certain strategies, but this is why there are multiple paths to victory. But it is important to note that luck and using all available strategies can make a big difference.
If you want more opinions about this game, I suggest that you look up the Amazon review for Rivals for Catan . The other version is not the Deluxe version and does not come with the card trays (a must in my opinion). But at least you can get some more opinions. FYI, if you are curious, there are other expansions for this game that are not included in this Deluxe package.
With that out of the way, let me give you some background about me. I played lots of the classic board games growing up (Monopoly, Life, Chess, Checkers, etc.). I have only played Settlers of Catan once, and that was years ago. My wife (my second player) also has a similar gaming history. We were looking for something fun that the two of us can do after the kids are in bed.
First, I will say that the instruction manual is intimidating. If you are a "gamer", then you will probably have no problem with this. The manual is long and takes some time to absorb all of the rules. I suggest watching an instructional video on Youtube as that will help you learn the game quickly. You will probably have to consult the manual as you play and read some of the fine print after watching the video, but totally worth it.
My wife and I have played the game about 10 times. Our time playing probably ranges between 1 - 2.5 hours. If you are playing with a theme, then your game is going to be much longer as you need 12 victory points to win rather than 7. You also need lots of space as we essentially fill up an entire card table with our set up. I also want to throw in that I love the set up and the way you turn your cards to indicate how many resources you have. Its also nice that you don't have to worry about losing tons of little game pieces as the only items in the box are game cards, card trays, two plastic coins, and 2 dice.
As far as the gameplay goes, it is very fun. There can be slow moments, but usually I am so busy thinking through my next few moves and all my options that I don't care. I could see how the game might get old after many playthroughs, but we are far from that point. I could also see how the time commitment or barrier to entry could be a problem for some, but I think it is totally worth it.
Great game. I am thinking about buying additional expansions already just for the heck of it.
By Bronsonfive on July 6, 2018
Now the only viable strategy is to scramble for double production. It's ironic that a game called "Rivals for Catan" has less emphasis on messing with your opponent than a game called "Settlers of Catan".
It is easy to set up once you know how but the rules are a bit disorganized which seems to be a running theme in many of these board games now-a-days. The makers should really give these instructions to brand new players and get feedback. The instructions need revisions to make them less confusing and easier to read.
Also, there is a confusing misprint in the instructions on Page 18. The top heading of the page is entitled "The Era of Progress" then continues to describe the cards in this theme set. The misprinted information is in the sub-heading below where it says "There are 28 cards in The Era of Turmoil." This is the wrong information and should say "There are 31 cards in The Era of Progress." to be accurate in the section and to avoid confusion. We were puzzled for quite a while as we were double checking the set cards until we realized the misprinted number and name. This brings me to my next point which is highly recommended - before playing the game, organize then count your cards/pieces as this is the 3rd board game we have gotten in less than a year that has had a missing item. In this case it was a card. However should you find something missing, you will be pleased to know that Asmodee online is very responsive to support requests and we already have our missing card.
Received the game in the mail today. Everything was shrinkwrapped and packaged properly Opened up the packs of cards to sort them into their correct decks. Noticed that my initial card counts were off. Went through the game's rulebook and manually checked each card that was packaged. Era of Gold is missing 11 out of the 27 cards. Very disappointing, was looking forward to playing this with my significant other for Valentine's Day. I have emailed customer service and will update this review if/when I hear back and the issue is resolved. The final count is as follows:
Card trays: 4/4
Plastic tokens: 2/2
Rules book: 1/1
Basic Set: 94/94
Era of Gold: 16/27
Era of Turmoil: 28/28
Era of Progress: 28/28
Deluxe Promo Cards: 9/9