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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.


Metropolis (Type: Metropolis)

Propelled by incredible growth, magnificent wealth, and wise governance, some cities became cultural magnets.  Their fame spread far and wide as they built theaters, libraries, and universities.  Visitors marveled at the wide boulevards, the tall buildings, and the well-dressed citizens.

  • You cannot build a Metropolis directly. You may only establish a Metropolis by adding it to one of your existing towns or cities.  Building a Commercial City requires 3 Ore & 2 Grain.
  • Settlements have been renamed “Communities” and placed under the heading of “Settlements” with Campsites and Windmills.
  • Cities have been renamed “Villages” and placed under the heading of “Towns” with Convents and Citadels.
  • Metropolis may be constructed on Convents, Villages, Commercial Cities, and Industrial Cities.
  • Each Metropolis has two (2) sloped roofs and one (1) flat roof, but it is built on top of an existing building. It does not replace the existing building. Therefore, if you construct a Metropolis tower on a town or city, that metropolis tower does not change the number of commodities harvested (because it preserves the number of flat roofs), but it adds two resources to your harvest total (because it has two additional sloped roofs).
  • Each Metropolis costs _____.

Example: See Illustration E. An Industrial City with two Metropolis towers has a total of five sloped roofs and two flat roofs, so it harvests one (1) Resource Card, four (4) Resource Tokens, and two (2) Commodity Cards.


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