Die Siedler von Catan: Das Kartenspiel: Politik & Intrige
original German edition
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Given the amount of german text in these expansions, and how old my german is, I am sure there are errors. If you find any, please let me know. I have tried to remain consistent with mayfairs terminology for their English-language version of the card game. Again, if anything is out of sync, please let me know.
Politik & Intrige (Politics and Intrigue) is one of five theme sets of cards from Kosmos that enhance its Settlers of Catan card game. All of the cards in this set are new, the result of a competition for fans to design new cards.
Like the other sets, it can be played along with the basic cards for an extended basic game, or it can be mixed with cards from the base game and other theme sets to form a tournament deck which can be played against someone else who has done the same thing with his or her own cards.
The Politik & Intrige set centres around two cards from the basic set: the town hall and the church. Both of these cards are prerequisites for several of the other cards in the theme set. This reflects the idea that in order to be politically strong you need to have either organized government or organized religion. The third central card in this theme set is the metropolis, which upgrades a city and allows extra units to be stationed in the city.
Almost half of the cards in Politik & Intrige are action cards; this means that there are plenty of little things happening in the game that affect players' resources or draw decks. This does not change the game play drastically, but it does add a little excitement to the game as you are never sure what is going to happen next. Many of the cards in this theme set seem to even up the game, reducing the effect of otherwise overpowerful cards and improving cards that you might otherwise not care to use. The set also includes plenty of ways to thwart your opponent, however, so it is not the friendliest of the theme sets in its feel.
Politik & Intrige is a worthy addition to the Settlers of Catan card game; it adds some depth to the basic game, and tournament players will find some useful cards for making decks. Like all of these theme sets, this is one to get.