This is the 5th edition of the classic multi-player strategic boardgame the Settlers of Catan®. The new 5th edition is completely compatible with the 4th edition. The die lines and die cut remain identical, meaning you could mix and match a 4th copy of Settlers with a 5th edition copy of Seafarers without difficulty or compatibility issues. The card backs are similarly identical, allowing you to mix cards from different editions of the game.
The rules remain consistent, though there was an extensive balance and readability pass, where numerous rules are clarified with input from designer Klaus Teuber and numerous rare "corner cases" in the rules are explained. These new rules will serve as the competition ruleset going forward.
For those new to the game, Catan in summary :
Players assume the roles of settlers of the isle of Catan. Each player attempts to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources. Players are rewarded points as their settlements grow. The first to reach 10 victory points is the winner.
The game board representing the island is composed of hexagonal tiles (hexes) of different land types which are laid out randomly at the beginning of each game. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game. No two games are the same!
Players build by spending resources (such as brick, lumber, wool, grain and ore), which are represented by resource cards. ach land type, with the exception of the unproductive desert, produces a specific resource.
On each player's turn, two six-sided dice are rolled to determine which hexes produce resources. Any players with settlements or cities adjacent to hexes marked with the number rolled receive resource cards of the appropriate type.
There is also a robber token - if a player rolls 7, the robber must be moved to another hex, which will no longer produce resources until the robber is moved again. The player may also steal a resource card from another player. In addition, when a 7 is rolled, all players with more than 7 resource cards must discard half of their cards, rounded down. However, the player gets to choose which half of their resource cards they must discard.
Players can trade resource cards with each other, and may also trade off-island (in effect, with the non-player bank) at a ratio of 4-to-1 resource. By building settlements on certain spots of the board (ports), players may also trade with the bank at 3-to-1 or 2-to-1 ratios, determined by the port's location.
Players score one point for each settlement they own and two for each city. Various other achievements, such as establishing the longest road and the largest army, grants a player additional victory points.
Learn to play in approximately 15 minutes
A game approximately lasts 45–90 min
3 - 4 players
Ages 10+ years
Box dimension - 296 x 240 x 80 mm
19 hexagonal terrain tiles
6 Sea Frame Pieces
9 Extra harbor Pieces
20 Wooden Settlement Pieces
16 Wooden City Pieces
16 Wooden Road Pieces
95 Resources Cards
25 Development Cards
4 Building Cost Cards
2 Special Bonus Cards
18 Number Tokens
2 Six-sided Dice
1 Wooden Robber Pawn
1 Rulebook & Almanac
Note: colour of packaging may differ from the included images.