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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.


Commercial City (Type: City)

As residents of towns became more affluent, they demanded more sophisticated services.  Some areas soon boasted a thriving banking hub, a respected court system, and a well-educated population.  These cities attracted top talent from the arts and sciences, making them the envy of all Catan.

You cannot build a Commercial City directly.  You may only establish a Commercial City by upgrading one of your villages.  Building a Commercial City requires 3 Ore & 2 Grain. While Commercial Cities may be constructed on coastal intersections, they must always touch at least one land hex.  They may be built on a harbor or fish shoal. Boats can depart from a Commercial City constructed on a coastal intersection, but Ships cannot load/unload/set sail from a Commercial City.


  • Each Commercial City has two (2) sloped roofs and one (1) flat roof, so it can harvest one (1) Resource Card, one (1) Resource Token, and one (1) Commodity Card.
  • Each Commercial City costs _____.


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