Catan Exp: Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers Board Game Expansion by Catan Studio

Catan Exp: Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers Board Game Expansion by Catan Studio

CATAN connoisseurs rejoice!

A digital fan-favorite for many years, Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers adds depth and variety to CATAN together with the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions.

It’s a set of scenarios for the truest CATAN fans.
Expansion Pack

Setup Time
20 Mins
Play Time
90-180 Mins
Players
3 to 4
Age Level
12 and Up
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$48.00 USD
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$48.00 USD

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Catan - A Family Review

“Want to play a game of Catan?”

Friends of board gamers have heard this sentence for nearly thirty years. Maybe you always suggested something else, or maybe you didn’t think you’d have fun. But it keeps coming up—and now you’re curious.

Any collector worth their salt (or sheep, in this case—you trade sheep in the game quite a lot), has Catan on their shelf. It’s the Monopoly of hobby board games, and like Monopoly, it lends itself to longer game sessions. Evenings full of laughter and frustration and triumph. Catan is great at keeping everybody at the table engaged on every roll and nearly every turn, and if you want to win, you have to get in there with everybody else—trading and haggling with the best of them.

The main fun of the game is in bartering with other players (I’m looking for two wood and want to trade sheep. Anybody?) then strategically placing your roads and settlements to corner markets and score points. You have to strike at the right time though, because other players can block you with their own builds. Which definitely causes vendettas. Friendly ones, but definitely vendettas.

11yo: I loved the betrayal and bartering and making up stories about my settlements.

It’s a competitive game with only one winner, and with your hand of hidden cards, nobody is ever 100% sure who’s in the lead until everything is revealed at the end.

As hobby games go, the turns are pretty simple but can lend themselves to a bit of decision paralysis. We found that we had to remind the kids to make a choice and pass the turn or else they’d get stuck on finding the perfect thing they needed. The box says 10+ for age, and that’s pretty accurate. Our 9yo really enjoyed himself, but he wasn’t thinking a couple turns ahead—he was going after what seemed valuable on each turn.

This game is fantastic for a family with teenagers—older kids who want to plan big swings, make clever moves, and reveal a master strategy or get the best possible exchange at the right time. It’s a cool way to get a little competitive in a fun environment. Even when your plans fall through or you make a bad trade, you can bounce back within a turn or two.

The dice rolls keep players on a roughly even footing, so it’s manageable to play with people of varying skills and investment, and as competitive strategy games go, you won’t find many that fall into the hour-or-two range rather than the two-to-four hour range.

Want to be a little cutthroat and competitive around the table and all in good fun? Catan is the game for you.

Helpful Hints

  • Trading can get confusing. Work on your shorthand for who is offering what and looking for what
  • Catan Junior is a much stronger fit for a younger group

Description

CATAN® connoisseurs rejoice! A digital fan-favorite for many years, CATAN® – Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers adds depth and variety to CATAN®, Seafarers, and Cities & Knights. It’s a set of scenarios for the
truest CATAN® fans.

You and your opponents will defeat dragons, dig canals, and discover islands off the Catanian coast—along with all the treasures they conceal.

With a plethora of new game components, this game is a must-have for dedicated players who love to modify existing scenarios or get creative to invent their own maps and scenarios. Let your imagination run wild!

This set of six scenarios requires CATAN®, and the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions.

CATAN® Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers is for you!

  • Add variety, surprise, and depth to your CATAN® expansions games.
  • Wooden dragon figures!
  • Specially created for true fans who love combining Seafarers + Cities & Knights.
  • Giving the fans what they want! Treasures, Dragons & Adventurers is highly requested by CATAN® Universe fans who have played the scenarios in the digital platform and want a real tabletop experience.
  • Players can get creative and use the plethora of components to invent their own maps and scenario adventures.
  • Requires CATAN®, CATAN® – Seafarers, and CATAN® – Cities & Knights

You and your opponents will defeat dragons, dig canals, and discover islands off the Catanian coast along with all the treasures they conceal.

With a plethora of new game components, this game is a must-have for dedicated players who love to modify existing scenarios or get creative to invent their own maps and scenarios. Let your imagination run wild!

This set of six scenarios requires CATAN, and the Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions.

Included scenarios:

  • The Treasure Islands
  • Departure Into The Unknown
  • Greater Catan
  • The Desert Dragons
  • The Great Canal
  • The Enchanted Land

If you enjoy exploration, you will have fun with the Treasure Islands or Departure into the Unknown scenarios. In The Treasure Islands, you leave the coasts of Catan in search for new land. On your way, you discover not only small islands that earn you additional victory points but also treasures that provide you with considerable advantages.

Conversely, in Departure into the Unknown – published here for the first time – you start on a small, U-shaped coastal strip and explore a large landmass in the center of the “U”. You’ll find treasures in this scenario too; here, you can also hoard them, in order to snag a good special harbor or invest in victory points.

In Greater Catan, all players start on the home island in the center of the game board. You reach the surrounding islands with your ships and found new settlements there. Soon the resource production on the home island starts to decline because the number tokens on the home island move to the hexes of the new islands. Happy the player who was able to spread out on the new islands in time!

Whether on Catan ever existed dragons, as in the scenario The Desert Dragons, is anyone’s guess. But let’s assume that those mythical creatures did exist and, one day, would come out of the desert and gradually occupy the land hexes of Catan. What should you do? Emigrate? Well, that would surely be the best option. Fortunately, there‘s a neighboring island without any dragons, and you should head for it as quickly as possible. There you take a deep breath and surround yourself with knights. With their help, you can reconquer the original home island bit by bit.

Except for the scenario just described, all scenarios work well in combination with the Cities & Knights expansion. The scenarios The Great Canal and The Enchanted Land were specifically created for the combination of Seafarers and Cities & Knights. Needless to say that in these two scenarios the focus is on the knights.

In the scenario The Great Canal, you must jointly dig a canal in order to cultivate a desert and its adjacent fields. Since the knights mostly just stand around in between the barbarian attacks, you hand them shovels so that they can make themselves useful digging the canal. If you let your knights dig assiduously, you are awarded with additional victory points.

In the scenario The Enchanted Land, the knights are allowed to have an honorable side job again: hunting dragons. The dragons live in the enchanted land and guard valuable treasures there – treasures that become special victory points as soon as you get hold of them. Unfortunately, the enchanted land is an island, so you must first build ships to send your knights across the sea. By the way, you shouldn’t send weaklings to the island of the dragons because it also harbors mighty dragons which can only be defied by mighty knights.

What's in the Box

  • 19 hex tiles (12 terrain, 6 sea/desert)
  • 2 sea frame pieces
  • 9 canal tokens
  • 16 cities in four player colors
  • 19 wooden dragon figures + 19 flag stickers
  • 12 number tokens
  • 20 treasure tokens
  • 5 zipper bags
  • rulebook

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