Place Traders & Barbarians Trade Tiles Alongside the Board

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.


  • There are three terrain hexes that serve as “trade hexes” for the transport of commodities:
    • Castle Hex
    • Quarry Hex
    • Glassworks Hex
  • There are four different types of trade tiles that are consumed and produced by these trade hexes:
    • Tools
    • Stained-Glass
    • Stone
    • Sand
  • Arrange the trade tokens (or tiles?)--depends on definition! into 3 stacks, sorted by the pictures on their backs (castle, quarry, glassworks). Shuffle each stack and place it with the backs facing up (showing the building picture) beside the corresponding trade hex (see arrows in the illustration below). The trade tokens must be face-down, so that no players know the order of the tiles in each stack.


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