Catan:Traders & Barbarians Game Expansion

Catan:Traders & Barbarians Game Expansion

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Item #: 053588
Grades: 5-AD

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Product Description:

Fishing from the ocean and lake and trade caravans along the rivers bring greater opportunity and wealth to Catan. With greater legitimate wealth comes greater concern about attack from barbarians. Will Catan maintain its greater prosperity? This expansion contains 5 campaigns with 4 variants to the game. 36 event cards replace the dice to determine which terrain hexes produce resources and trigger particular events. Playing time for some campaigns are 45-60 minutes, with others taking up to 90 minutes.

Catan: Traders & Barbarians (Game Expansion) from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.

Catan: Traders & Barbarians (Game Expansion) from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.

Publisher Description:

Well-tried variants such as"Catan Event Cards,""Harbormaster,"and"Catan for Two"offer alternatives for customizing the game to your own needs. In addition, the 2-player variant allows you to play the Base Game as well as all scenarios of this expansion against only one opponent.

Over the course of a campaign with five scenarios, the story is told of how things develop on Catan after the first settlements and cities are built.

As the"Fishermen of Catan,"we experience how fishing not only adds to the menu but also opens up completely new tactical possibilities.

In the second scenario,"The Rivers of Catan,"the rivers prove to be true lifelines. If you build roads and settlements adjacent to the rivers, you can easily make a fortune. If you arrive too late, you may well become a poor settler and have a hard time trying to get rid of this disadvantage.

In the third scenario, nomads have settled in the oasis. Since they are lacking wool and grain, they send out caravans to barter for the coveted resources. Of course, everybody wants to profit from the"Caravans,"but sending the caravans to one's own settlements isn't all that easy.

Catan's wealth doesn't go unnoticed. And thus it doesn't take long until the"Barbarian Attack"descends upon Catan's coasts. Now it is imperative that the Catanians close ranks and train knights. The knights rally for battle - not altogether selflessly, because each captured barbarian is worth half a victory point.

The last scenario is titled"Traders & Barbarians."The barbarians have been driven off, and now it's time to repair the damage. Soon, Catan's roads and paths are bustling with baggage trains - marble and glass must be delivered to the castle, sand to the glassworks, and tools to the marble quarry. Successfully carrying out a delivery is awarded with a victory point and gold. Unfortunately, some scattered barbarians interrupt the smooth flow of the transports"

Category Description for Settlers of Catan®:

My husband and I are avid game players, and we cannot recommend this game too highly! We were fortunate to meet friends that introduced Settlers of Catan to us last fall, and since then we have gotten many family members and friends hooked as well. While some games (such as Chess) depend solely on strategy and may intimidate some, and others revolve completely around luck which may not be engaging enough for others, Settlers of Catan is the perfect blend of strategy and luck, making it appealing to almost everyone. Strategy is indeed important, although not at such an intense level as in Chess or Risk, yet the roll of the die can cause even the most astute plan to fall short, or likewise, it can bolster a position that is seemingly inferior. What really makes this game stand out is that the unique construction of the game board generates a different board every time you play, which keeps the game fresh and causes you to think through your strategy differently each game. The basis of the game is that you represent a group of settlers trying to establish yourself on the distant isle of Catan. To this end, you have to produce resources with which you can continue developing. The board consists of 19 hexagonal tiles which fit randomly into a larger hexagonal frame depicting the sea. Each of the 19 tiles represents a resource - lumber, brick, ore, grain, or wool - with the exception of one desert tile. After fitting the tiles into the frame, small number tokens are placed on each tile, with numbers ranging from 2-12 (these being the numbers which can be rolled with two dice). Each player has a set of colored wooden settlements, roads, and cities to use in developing Catan. The game begins with an initial settlement phase, where each player gets to place two settlements on the board. These are placed on the corners of the resource hexagons, so that each settlement sits on an intersection of three different resource hexagons. Players also attach one road to their settlement, which can branch out along any path between tiles. When each player has finished placing their initial settlements, regular play begins. The typical turn consists of three different "phases," although players may not always choose to do all three. Firstly, a player begins by rolling the two dice. The number rolled determines which resource hexagons produce resources for that turn. For instance, if you roll an 8, any player that has a settlement adjacent to a resource hexagon marked with an "8" receives a resource card of that type. Thus even when it is not your turn, you are collecting resource cards. After rolling the die and gathering any resources produced, the player whose turn it is may trade with other players or with the bank. This allows a good trader to acquire the resources that may be eluding him, whether due to position or the roll of the die. The final phase of each player's turn is the building phase. At this point, a player may use the resource cards in his hand to build any roads, settlements or cities he chooses, as well as buy development cards. Each of these four items requires a different combination of resources. For instance, building a road costs one lumber and one brick resource card. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 10 points. Each settlement on the board is worth one point, and each city is worth two. Additional points are available for those with the longest road or largest army, as well as through certain development cards. Though the above is the "basic" game play, you will quickly see that there is more to the game. Different development cards can prove advantageous to the holder and detrimental to others; the robber could rob you of needed resources, and building on a harbor can provide you a more favorable exchange rate for trading. There are many different routes to victory, and those who conquer them will successfully settle the isle of Catan. 3-4 players. There are expansions sets available below, but please note that they do not stand alone - you will need to already have the original Settlers of Catan board game.

Expansion sets require the original Settlers of Catan game to play.

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Klaus Teuber
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Catan Studio
2.35 (lbs.)
11.62" x 9.38" x 3.0"
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my family likes players settlers of Catan but the game has been getting less of a challenge so I saw a review and they recommended this expansion so I thought I would give it a try.
Ken R on Feb 10, 2022
Most expansions for the price of one game expansion.
Mark S on Dec 17, 2021
my family likes players settlers of Catan but the game has been getting less of a challenge so I saw a review and they recommended this expansion so I thought I would give it a try.
Ken R on Feb 10, 2022
looked like fun and builds on original game
matthew w on Jan 12, 2022
Most expansions for the price of one game expansion.
Mark S on Dec 17, 2021
Fishermen of Catan expansion items
Hopcia F on Dec 16, 2021
didn't realize you need this to play the 5-6 player expansion pack
ANNETTE C on Jun 21, 2021
different spin on the original game
Jaclyn S on Dec 3, 2020
Christmas present for husband
Stefanie on Oct 29, 2020
For my 12 yr old son's 13th birthday. He loves the Catan game and requested this expansion. RR has best price.
Marianne N on May 7, 2020
We recently played this with family and enjoyed it so much we wanted it for ourselves.
Marsena on Feb 11, 2019
I like to have enough parts for 6 people to play.
Glenda V on Jun 19, 2018
love this extension pack!!
Rebekah F on Jun 12, 2018
we like catan and wanted new challenge
Kim D on Jun 8, 2018
Laura J on Jan 2, 2018
Bryan M on Jan 1, 2018
Catan is a Wonderful game to pass time with family.
Srinivas Bharadwaj A on Nov 21, 2017
looked like fun and builds on original game
matthew w on Jan 12, 2022
Fishermen of Catan expansion items
Hopcia F on Dec 16, 2021
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