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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.


Rolling a Seven

  • Because the robber cannot attack before the first barbarian attack in Cities & Knights, rolls of "7" early in the game may advance the barbarians without providing any resource production or other activity. Use the Favor Token system in this situation.

Helper of Catan: Sean


Sean is more of an arrogant knight. He haughtily alleges to be far superior to everybody else, by virtue of his ancestors’ achievements and the fact that he even knows the names of these people.


If he trades with someone, it means that he is granting that person a favor. If he places the robber next to someone, he is only collecting the tributes he is rightfully entitled to. This is something he often comments on with the phrase: “You are nothing but my vassal on this island; therefore, part of your harvest is mine anyway.”


If his resource income allows it, Sean will always try to get the Largest Army. But, and this counts in his favor, he also can lose with honor and acknowledge the success of his game partners.


For his German friends, Sean goes under the name of Siegfried.

Protection from the 7: Use this advantage on any turn (including the turns of other players).  When any production roll results in a “7,” you may immediately use either of these advantages:

  • If you have more resource/commodity cards on your board than permitted during a “7” (7 normally, plus 2 for each Wall you have), you do not have to discard any cards.
  • If you have fewer resource/commodity cards on your board than permitted during a “7” (7 normally, plus 2 for each Wall you have), you may take any 1 resource card of your choice from the supply.

Friend of Catan: Reiko

Protection from the “7”: If a Production Number of “7” is resolved during a player’s turn, you may use this card’s ability and immediately keep up to 4 more Resource/Commodity Cards in your hand than otherwise allowed.  Example: The blue player has 11 Resource/Commodity Cards in his hand. A Production Number of “7” is resolved. The blue player uses Reiko’s ability to expand his legal hand limit from 7 to 11.  He does not have to discard any Resource/Commodity Cards this turn.  However, he must flip Reiko over, and his legal hand limit returns to 7 next turn.

  • You may use this card’s ability during any turn (even during other player’s turns).
  • Because there is only one Production Number resolution per player’s turn, you may only use this card’s ability once per turn. In other words, you may not use this card’s ability twice in the same turn (yours or someone else’s).
  • This card’s ability does not apply to the Development Card hand limit.
  • You may use this card’s ability to protect Spice Cards in your hand.
  • This card may be used in tandem with walls and other methods of expanding your legal hand limit.
  • After using this card’s ability once, flip the card over to its “B” side. After using this card’s ability a second time, place the card in the discard pile.

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