Catan: Traders & Barbarians Expansion 4th Edition
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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
- Includes four variants and five scenarios
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Immerse yourself in The Settlers of Catan, with this deeply rich set of four variants and five compelling linkable scenarios.
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Immerse yourself in The Settlers of Catan, with this deeply rich set of four variants and five compelling linkable scenarios. Delve deep into Catan. In Catan: Traders and Barbarians, you’ll find lots of cool new ways to explore Klaus Teuber's award-winning game series. You can now play with just two players. Add a harbormaster, a friendly robber, or special events. Play with a wealth of new wooden pieces and capabilities. You can even link your games to create an intriguing campaign. Use these four variants and five scenarios to reinvent your Catan experience. Five challenging new scenarios -The Fishermen of Catan- Fish in the great lake or try casting in rich coastal shoals. A fresh, expanded, and updated version - The Rivers of Catan not one, but two, great rivers invite flourishing commerce. Bridge them en route to glory and wealth. The Caravans- Nomads of the oasis seek wool and grain. Camel caravans offer trade. Barbarian Attack- Eager for booty, vile barbarians land and occupy Catan's fertile shores. Brave knights unite and ride to battle. Traders and Barbarians- your wagons transport fine marble, glass, tools, and sand to help restore Catan's castle to splendor. Combine these rich scenarios to create a compelling campaign. This contains: twenty four wooden knights, twelve wooden bridges, thirty six wooden barbarians, twenty two wooden camels, four wooden wagons, forty coin counters, fourteen new region and water tile pieces, 120 new cards, special victory point cards and tokens, variants and scenarios booklet. Also comes with 98 new wooden game pieces in five colors.
Top customer reviews
This Traders and Barbarians expansion has additional simple variants to add to those two, Harbormaster, Fishermen's of Catan, River of Catan, Event cards. These are simple enough without requiring flipping through the rules and generally do not increase the game play time. Traders/Barbarians of course still offer more complicated scenarios, such as Caravans, Barbarian Attacks, and Traders and Barbarians. These last scenarios will increase the game play time of the game. Majority of the time, we just play with the earlier described variants in this expansion, but it's nice there are of these deeper scenarios included. We also include the Tournament and Welfare variants in every game.
Like I stated earlier, in my opinion, if you asking which expansion I recommend, it's this one. From reading all the rulebooks from each large expansions, this was the one I felt will get more play value for the general player. If you are a hardcore Catan player, your opinion may differ from mine.
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We started with the fish, and that was such an easy add-on, we decided to just try adding the other variants to it slowly. Right now, our perfect balance of fun and complicated is using the Fishermen & Rivers, and a mash-up of Barbarian Attack and Traders & Barbarians all at once. We only leave out the camels, 'cuz we'd always forget to bid on them, and then there were too many darn pieces on the board. We also bumped up the number of points we need to win, and made both captured barbarians and completed Trade cards worth half a point. It's not as hard as you think to combine most of the scenarios together. We just cover up Swamps with the Tradeposts, and leave the castle on the side of the main board so we know which Knight may have perished in battle.
I really like the Event Cards instead of rolling the dice. It makes the game "happen" better. There's no nights where everyone's somehow rolling the same damn number that ain't yours!
We can't get enough Catan!
Overall, I highly recommend this expansion if you love Settlers and want some variety.
If you like board games, you should play Settlers of Catan. It's a unique and tremendously fun gaming experience.
•The best-selling designer/German game of all time.
•Modular board provides amazing replay value.
•Expansion sets add to the basic game.
•Some say it depends too much on luck. I disagree.