Rivals For Catan: Delux
Rivals for Catan is the comprehensive, revised edition of the successful former Catan Card Game
Rivals for Catan: Deluxe includes card trays to keep the different card piles organised as well as nine hard-to-find promotional cards.
Submerge yourself into the bustling life on Catan – be the prince or princess of Catan and decide on the fate of its settlers. In addition to settlements, roads, and cities, you also construct the buildings where your subjects work, hire heroes that make your opponent’s life as a gamer difficult, and build ships to boost your trade.
The easy-to-play Introductory Game, “The First Catanians,” takes about 30 minutes and is exclusively played with the cards of the Basic Set. The first player to have 7 (or more) victory points wins the game.
Once you have mastered the Introductory Game, new challenges await you in the three Theme Sets of Rivals for Catan. Each Theme Set takes about 40 to 60 minutes and is played together with the cards of the Basic Set, which you are already familiar with at that point.
In the set “The Era of Gold,” the struggle for the trade advantage becomes more intense, and the resource “gold” gains in importance through new buildings. In “The Era of Turmoil,” Traitors, Archers, and Arsonists make the competition between you and your opponent a little tougher. The set “The Era of Progress” is more peaceful again; if you rely on the University, cards such as Three-Field System or Mineral Mining allow you to enjoy the fruits of progress and leave your opponent behind.
Once you have played all three Theme Games and are familiar with the cards, you should go for the Duel of the Princes. In Duel mode, you play with all Theme Sets, that is, with a slimmed-down version of them. This version of Rivals for Catan offers you and your opponent even more strategic and tactical possibilities and thus, even more exciting and sophisticated games.
With a more friendly approach to newcomers, Rivals For Catan allows two people to colonise Catan without a board.