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Best catan expansion pack
The Catan Board Game Expansion Kit includes everything that you need to expand your home gaming.
The first board game to be published, Catan is one of the most popular games in the world. Catan is a game of conflict, cooperation, trade and exploration, combining elements of chance, skill, and resource management. As the name suggests, the board is divided into two parts. One side is the "island," and the other is the "mnland."
The island is divided into nine square fields, each with its own starting population. In the center of the island is a resource point, which is worth one victory point. Along the edges of the island are four "cities." Cities are randomly placed along the four sides of the island, and contn two resource points each.
The mnland consists of twenty-five hexagons in a three-by-three pattern. These hexagons correspond to the number die used in the original game, making the game one-hundred and fifty points a game, with every hexagon contning six points. These hexagons start with an initial population of two, and each represents a resource. Resources are important, because certn resources may be needed to build certn cities on the island, and certn roads, bridges, ships and other buildings may need to connect one city to another. Additionally, some resources may be used to improve cities, while others give various advantages such as greater defense or better transportation. These resources start the game on the empty land, and you may build your cities on these lands, if you choose.
One way to play Catan is to move and grow your cities, gathering resources and building settlements, while hoping that the other players do not build theirs on your land. It is also a good way to avoid the other players building theirs on your land, by sending out scouts to find out if anyone else is building on your land, and moving your settlements to different hexagons.
Players may place an additional resource (a forest) on any one of their hexagons, which will double the income from that hexagon for one turn. The resources come from all over the world (except the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and there is no "East" in Catan), and come in random types. The number of a resource is indicated by a color and number in the colored hexagon on the board: for instance, Gold is indicated by the yellow hexagons, Silver by the silver, Wood by the dark green, Stone by the orange, etc. Every turn, the player who has just added a new resource places one of these dice on the corresponding hexagon. A single hexagon could then have 2 resources, 3 resources, or none. After a player has placed the die, he may remove it at will. Any dice which are not added and have not been removed yet are considered new resources. The game ends when no one has placed any more resources, and the winner is the first to score 10 or more points.
Many variants of Catan have been created. Catan Junior, for younger players, uses six tokens on a smaller (3×3) board, and has no resources at the start. Another, very common, variant, which takes up less space, is the Swedish/Norwegian version, Sett på Köpet, on a 5×5 board. The set is made by the manufacturer of Catan, the original set has only seven coins, but a later set has eight. This is due to the Norwegian version using the Swedish alphabet, having a different name and a number of tokens than the Swedish version. The rules for the Norwegian set are the same as in the Swedish version, and differ in only two cases from the original set, which is only valid in Sweden.
There is also the German/Austrian Catan ("Katalan"), which is in two flavors: the standard, which comes in a wooden box with a 12.5mm red tile, and a non-standard (not for export to countries other than Germany) with a 15.5mm red tile. There are no English language rules for the non-standard version. Additionally, the board is 5×5 rather than 4×4.
Additionally, there is Catan Lappland ("Catan of Lapland"), an extension to the Swedish and Norwegian rules. The game board is 5×5, and has no mountns, which are replaced with a moose head and a polar bear head. It does, however, include a new resource type, the "forest". These are trees, which are worth 3 resources.
There is also a Catan variant made by Rummy Games called the Caran d'Ache. It uses the same game board, rules, and tiles as Catan. The game has slightly different starting conditions and scoring than Catan, but there are fewer victory points (only 11 instead of 13), the "towns" are replaced by various symbols, and most symbols have alternate meanings (including mountns and "walls" which both indicate "territory" and are worth zero points).
Catan: The Dice Game
Catan: The Dice Game is a board game for two players. It is essentially an exact reinterpretation of the Catan board game, and uses the same mechanics.
Boardgamecat.net: List of board games in the Catan series, with pictures and descriptions
Video of a game of Caran d'Ache at YouTube
Catan: The Board Game
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