Helper of Catan
Before you read this article, you 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.|
Each helper has a front “A” side (that’s the blue side) and a back “B” side (that’s the red side). Six of the helpers have a number in addition to the letter on their “A” side. Make a stack of the 6 numbered cards, “A” side up. The top card is A1, and the remaining cards follow in numerical order (A2, A3, etc.). Place the remaining helpers beside the board to form a display. NOTE: Helpers in the display are always A-side up.
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