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The Struggle for Catan

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The Struggle for Catan is a fast-paced game between the 2-4 factions developing newly settled Catan. Manage your resources to build settlements, cities, city improvements, knights, and roads that generate victory points or special abilities. While your settlements, cities, and city expansions remain yours, valuable roads and knights change hands. Varied expensive city improvements give you additional victory points and lasting advantages, so they’re generally key to victory. As in The Settlers of Catan board game, you win by being the first to acquire and play 10 victory points.

The Struggle for Catan is the perfect way for 2-4 players to swiftly and casually explore, settle, trade, and build on the beautiful and ever-changing island of Catan.

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“A quickie from time to time”

Hi dudes & dudettes,

People who know me know that I like Catan games like the original ‘The Settlers of Catan’, but also spin offs like ‘Catan Card Game’ and ‘Catan Dice Game’. Recently I discovered that a new Catan game was coming up, so I checked it out and I really liked the fact that it’s playable with up to 4 players, or even up to 6 when you have 2 copies.

A few weeks ago I finally got it in the mail and immediately tried it out with my girlfriend.

Now let’s see

How did I get to know this game?
Quite accidentally actually. I was browsing the 999-website to check out the newest ‘Carcassonne’-expansion(s) when I came across this little game. The description was promising so I ordered it.

What’s that theme?
It’ a Catan game, what would the theme be?!
Oh well, here we go: The players are settlers that try and collect resources to build up a settlement andupgrade it into a great metropolis.

And the components?
This is a simple card game that doesn’t involve dice or counters or any such things. The cards however are beautifully illustrated.

How does it work?
You’ll be using another set of cards per number of players to balance out the game.
First off you take the top 5 resource cards and put them open on the table. This is the market.
Each player starts with a street (A-side up) and a village and 3 resource cards.

Each player’s turn consists of 3 phases:
* Trading resources:
– If you have no streets with the A-side up you can only trade 1 resource card and only with the draw pile.
– Per street with the A-side up you can trade 1 resource card with another player or with the market.
* Building things: Depending on the resources you have available you may build anything you can or want.
– You can build villages as long as there are villages on the stack.
– You can upgrade your village to cities.
– These cities can be expanded as long as expansions are available.
– Streets and knights can be built or trained. When the stacks are empty you can simply take one away from another player. This other player will be the next player according to the arrow on the direction card. The direction of the arrows can be changed after a player builds a village.
– While building you can use any 3 equal resources to trade for 1 other resource you need.
* Drawing resource cards:
– You draw 2 cards from the draw pile plus 1 for each knight you have with it’s A-side up.

So how do you win again?
The first player to get 10 points wins. Simple as that.

Any tricky parts?
– Well, you have to keep in mind that streets and knights come into play A-side first, B-side second, after that A-side again and so on.
– While building you can build anything you want, but only 1 of each!!

So what exactly do I think about this game?
It’s a fun game and I’m eager to try it out with 4 and 6 players. I like it as a chill filler and it will probably see a lot of trips and festival campings.


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