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Catan: Cities & Knights

English language edition; fifth edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 120-180 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Klaus Teuber

Publisher(s): Mayfair Games, Asmodee North America

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Catan English language edition; fifth edition

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Product Description

Adds several new aspects to Catan but the two major ones are creating knights to protect the land from invading barbarians and building city improvements that confer benefits upon that city's owner. Adds tactical complexity to the game and game length.

The game changes the base game in three main ways:

First, there are 3 new commodities in the game, distinct from resources - paper, cloth, and coins, which can be acquired from Forest, Meadow, and Mountain spaces, respectively. Cities that would normally produce two of one of those resources instead produce 1 resource and 1 of the corresponding commodity. (To make commodities easier to obtain, each player starts the game with 1 city and 1 settlement on the board.) These commodities allow players to build city improvements that confer various advantages and eventually points.

Second, the deck of development cards is replaced by three different decks, each corresponding to one of the commodities. Building city improvements gives players a chance to draw these cards with every roll of the dice. Building more improvements will increase these chances, but cards cannot be bought directly in any way. These cards are similar to the development cards in the base game, but with a wider range of effects. (Some cards are balanced better as well - the new Resource Monopoly card, for example, can take no more than 2 of the named resource from any one player.)

Finally, players can also build knights on the island along their network of roads. These knights can be used to claim certain intersections and move the Robber (taking the place of Soldier cards), but are also used to defend the island from periodic barbarian attacks. If the island is successfully defended, the player(s) with the most knights are rewarded. If not, the player(s) with the fewest knights each have a city downgraded to a settlement.

Product Information

This game has the following expansions available:

Catan: Cities & Knights 5-6 player Extension English language edition; fifth edition Out of Stock

Catan: Cities & Knights: Game Cards 4th edition replacement cards for Cities & Knights expansion Out of Stock

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Catan: Seafarers English language edition; fifth edition Out of Stock

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 38 reviews

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by Christian J.
One of the best games out there!
November 30, 2009

This expansion to Settlers of Catan is purely amazing! This expansion adds so much more strategy and fun! The flips charts (which replace the development cards) are a very nice touch. The knights and barbarians idea had me questioning it at first. But after I played it, I was hooked.

I currently have:
Settlers of Catan (3rd edition)
Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion (3rd edition)
Cities and Knights of Catan (3rd edition)
Cities and Knight of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion (3rd edition)

I play this game with my friends and family about 10-15 (maybe even 20) times a year. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes (or loves!) Settlers of Catan. And, while you're at it, get the 5-6 Player Expansion! It helps a lot. I hope to get Seafarers soon (along with the Seafarers 5-6 Expansion) and Traders and Barbarians of Catan!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Richer, fuller, makes Catan feel complete.
January 16, 2009

This expansion is a must have for seasoned Settlers fans. It brings the game to a whole new and better level. After playing Cities & Knights, basic Catan will feel incomplete.

This expansion adds depth, more options, and so many of the things that you always wanted to do with the basic game but couldn't...

Ever wanted to be able to hold more cards in your hand without discarding on a roll of 7? Now You can with city walls.

Want to have a better way to keep the robber at bay? City walls and knight tokens take care of that!

Wish you could trade at port rates but you couldn't get to the right port? No problem with the Merchant.

Want a better way to attack a player in the lead? Now you can burn their city down, look at their hand and take cards, remove their roads, and more!

Wish the Development Deck had more than just 5 different cards? The new Progress Cards have dozens of new effects!

Want a way to produce resources even when your numbers aren't rolled? Improve your city by buying the Aquaduct and now you can!

Wish you could move the number chips? The Inventor Card lets you swap 2 of them!

And so much more!

A great expansion for an outstanding game. Hands down better than Seafarers (also a good expansion though). And contrary what Vasal claims, Traders & Barbarians in no way make Cities & Knights obsolete. In fact, far from it.

Some people like to trash Cities & Knights. Well, it's not for the occasional Catan player. What did they expect from an expansion - new colors? If you're a Catan buff, then get Cities & Knights :-)

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Settlers on Steroids - and That's a Good Thing
April 11, 2008

Let me put it this way: in college, my friends and I played Settlers of Catan all the time. Then, one day, one of my friends busted out Cities and Knights. We never played "normal" Settlers again after that.

You can do more, you can screw your opponents over in multiple ways, the game lasts longer, the game is more balanced, there's more strategy and less luck involved, and every resource is valuable until the very end of the game. I have had more fun playing C&K than any other game I've ever touched.

Obviously, this game is not for folks who have never played Settlers before. But once you go C&K, you never go back... until you have to teach new players, in which case you should play 2 games of Settlers as quickly as you can and then start playing C&K again.

Five very enthusiastic stars from me.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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