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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.



Building a bridge requires 2 brick resources and 1 lumber resource.  A new bridge must always connect to at least one (1) of your existing roads, boats, or buildings.  A bridge can only be built on one of the paths crossing a river.  These sites are marked with dashed lines.  For the purposes of the Longest Trade Route, connecting buildings, expanding your network, and moving knights and wagons, a bridge is treated as if it were a road.  You can only build 3 bridges.  You may not use the Road Building Development Card to build a bridge instead of a road. When you build a bridge, you receive a bonus of one (1) extra gold coin (in addition to the one [1] gold coin you receive for building a trade route on a path adjacent to a river hex).


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