Catan: Traders & Barbarians

Catan: Traders & Barbarians

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Traders & Barbarians is distributed as the third major expansion for The Settlers of 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
  • The Rivers of Catan - This edition includes 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. 
  • 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
  • Catan Event Cards
  • The Harbormaster Card
  • Friendly Robber Rules