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Catan: Traders & Barbarians

English language edition; fifth edition

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 90-120 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Klaus Teuber

Manufacturer(s): Mayfair Games, Asmodee North America

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Catan English language edition; fifth edition Out of Stock

Product Description

Traders & Barbarians is distributed as the third major expansion for Catan, although it is actually a compilation of small expansions and variants. (It is independent of the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, but can be combined with them.)

All of the variants and three of the scenarios have been available from various sources in Europe and the United States or through official websites. The Great Rivers and the Fishermen of Catan have been expanded somewhat for this expansion through extra tiles and player pieces.

This compilation includes 5 scenarios: The Fishermen of Catan - Originally released in the 05/2006 Spielbox magazine and then subsequently released in Games Quarterly magazine. Expanded in this edition. The Rivers of Catan - Originally released in the Atlantis scenario box, then subsequently in Games Quarterly magazine as "The Great River". Expanded in this edition to include two rivers, one occupying 4 tiles, and one occupying 3. The Great Caravan - Originally released as a free expansion in Germany. Barbarian Invasion - New in this edition. - Barbarians are invading Catan and the players have to try to stop them with new knight pieces. This plays very similarly to the flood mechanic in the Atlantis scenario from the Atlantis and Das Buch scenario packs. Traders & Barbarians - New in this edition. - You get new hexes, one for the castle, one to produce glass, and one to produce marble. You try to rebuild Catan after the invasion. You get gold and victory points if you finish tasks in the castle, but to do so you have to travel back and forth to the castle on roads and undeveloped paths. There are still some barbarians around who interfere with trade routes. It also includes 4 minor variants: 2-Player Rules - Use the new "Commercial Chips" to force trade with your opponent. Use 3rd and 4th neutral player to block your opponent. Also available online: Klaus2player.pdf Catan Event Cards - Originally released in the Atlantis scenario box, then subsequently released for sale separately. Replaces the dice with a deck of cards to minimize randomness. The Harbormaster Card - Originally released in the Atlantis scenario box, then subsequently available online: harbormaster.pdf. Gives two victory points to the player with the most harbor points. Friendly Robber Rules

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This game has the following expansions available:

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

Catan: Traders & Barbarians 5-6 player Extension English language; fourth edition Out of Stock

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Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

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by Jeremy
Vary the game you love to freshen it once again
June 01, 2010

If you love the series but have played it to death, then this expansion will bring the game back to the table again once more. You get a number of different game play additions to start with, like using cards instead of the dice, which takes a lot of the luck out of the equation. Then you move on to the variants, to complicate the heck out of the game, or just tweak it a little.

Fishermen of Catan makes for a nice addition, giving you another resource that allows you to progress without being smashed trading with the bank. Fish also have an number of other uses, and you can add the variant to any of the other games without unbalancing it. You also have the rivers which adds gold. Gold being yet another resource for trade, so again if you find yourself lacking in a certain area, you can cover your shortfall.

Then it gets different.

Traders makes the desert and the caravans that spring from it useful. Barbarians is another invasion variant And another Traders game that focuses heavily on roads, money and hauling deliveries across the map for victory points. All in all you get a lot in this, with much playing time and much to learn in the box. Combine the new rivers tiles and the fish tiles with seafarers to make a 5-6 player board that is HUGE! makes for a long game to big scores and much wheeling and dealing.

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

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