Catan: Traders and Barbarians


Catan: Traders and Barbarians gives players five exciting new scenarios and four new variants to add even greater levels of strategy to the award winning original game, Catan.

The five new scenarios include:

  • The Fishermen of Catan – some of the sea tiles in the base game are transformed into Fishing Grounds- instead of producing the standard resources, these produce Fish Tiles, of varying values. Fish Tiles can be spent in a player’s turn to receive certain benefits. Be careful though, as sometimes fishing may only yield an old shoe! A player with an old shoe in their possession must earn one more victory point that the other players in order to win the game.
  • The Rivers of Catan – two rivers are added into the expansion. Anything constructed alongside one of the rivers earns the player a gold point. Each three gold points earned are worth one victory point. In this scenario, however, two additional victory points are required to win the game.
  • The Great Caravan – exchange resources with nomadic people as they establish caravan routes throughout Catan. Each city and settlement on one of the caravan routes in worth an additional victory point, and any road built alongside the caravan route also receive a bonus.
  • Barbarian Invasion – in this scenario, barbarians invade Catan, forcing players to try and stop them through using the new knight pieces.
  • Traders & Barbarians – in this scenario players are trying to rebuild Catan after the barbarians have invaded. Three new hexes are included; the castle, one that produces glass, and one that produces marble. Victory and gold points are awarded for completing castle tasks, however this requires traveling to and from the castle to get more resources, and potentially encountering more barbarians on the way.

The four new variants include:

  • 2 Player Rules
  • Catan Event Cards – replace the dice with a set of cards, to reduce randomness and reward strategy. Various events are also introduced, to add a new element to the game.
  • The Harbour Master Card – in this variant, players may be rewarded for building settlements or cities along the coast. The first player to gain three harbour points – for example, two for a city and one for a settlement – receives the Harbour Master Card, earning them two additional victory points. Like the Longest Road and Largest Army cards, this card can be taken by another player if they gain more harbour points that the current owner of the card.
  • Friendly Robber Rules – in this variant, the robber cannot be moved to a specific hex if an adjacent player has only two victory points. If the player moving the robber cannot find an eligible hex to move to, the robber is moved back to the desert and the player does not collect any resources.

This expansion can also be combined with Catan: Seafarers and Catan: Cities and Knights.

Allow for a 5th and 6th player with Catan: 5-6 Player Extension and Catan: Traders and Barbarians – 5-6 Player Extension.

Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Catan Studio
Player numbers: 2–4
Recommended Age: 10+
Game Time: 90–120 Min

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This is not a stand alone product and requires a copy of Catan to play.

1 review for Catan: Traders and Barbarians

  1. Telina

    Decent little expansion for Catan. Good if you still like playing the base game but want a little bit of variety. Holds to most of the rules but just adds in some little changes. The best thing about this expansion, I think, is the cards that replace the dice as you can use them in combo with all the expansions to make it more statistically even. Would make a good first expansion

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