Original Settlers of Catan Development Cards

Before you read this articleyou will need to know the following terms and definitions: 

Game(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A standalone version of Settlers of Catan, which can be played right out of the box without making additional purchases. There is only one standalone (base) game of Catan.
Expansion(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural.  An Catan game that cannot be played by itself. It must be used in conjunction with a standalone (base) game. The 5 & 6-player expansions are a good example of this.
Scenario(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A small set of playing pieces and instructions that can be added to normal Catan gameplay. It cannot be played by itself--it must be used in conjunction with a standalone (base) game. The "Oil Springs" scenario is a good example of this.
Variant(-s): Noun. Singular or Plural. A set of instructions for using the pieces from a Catan game or expansion in a new way. Most variants are fan-generated and require printing and cutting out new pieces.


Remove the top “Promo Card” from the deck, shuffle thoroughly, and place beside the board on the reference sheet below (robber):

  • Purple:
    • 19 Knights (place in front of you, move Robber or Privateer, take one resource card from adjacent player)
  • Green:
    • 3 Road Building (2 free trade routes)
    • 3 Resource Monopoly (name one, get all from players)
    • 3 Year of Plenty (take 2 resources from bank)
  • Orange:
    • 1 VP library
    • 1 VP university
    • 1 VP market
    • 1 VP Great Hall
    • 1 VP Chapel


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