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Catan: Explorers & Pirates Expansion

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4.6 out of 5 stars Based on 18 Customer Ratings

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"Say goodbye to roads the sea beckons"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Great expansion lots of fun must have for catan players

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Initally upon un boxing I thought this expansion would be more than I could handle this was partly because I went straight to poping out the game peices and frame extensions willy nilly, guys there is unboxing instructions and these make set up so much easier and logical

As for the game I recommend playing the scenarios in order atleast once they introduce the new elements and rules and reduce the amount of time you will spend reviewing the rules

The piece quality was right up there and my only bad feed back was the fact I was to over zealous and didn't break out one piece carefully and ripped it a little

There is so much going on in this expansion that you might forget your even playing to a points target

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
"Incredible Expansion"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Great expansion to a great game. Adds a completely new dynamic and if you had to puck any expansion to purchase, this is the one!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


This expansion is not a standalone game. Requires the CATAN base game to play.

This CATAN expansion is entirely dedicated to exploration!

Sent out by the Council of Catan, you set out for uncharted areas to build new outposts. The sketchy information available indicates that dangerous pirate lairs, rich fishing grounds, and helpful indigenous villages await you beyond the horizon.

To set up the game, you need the game components from the CATAN base game as well as new frame pieces and hexes from the expansion. This provides you with a quite large game board, allowing you to go on exciting journeys of exploration and discover new land.

The Explorers & Pirates expansion is based on the CATAN base game rules but also contains a number of new game mechanisms. For example, ships are now equipped for expeditions and can be moved freely across the board. In the ships you transport settlers, crews, fish, or spices across the seas. Your goal is to build new outposts on the islands that are still undiscovered and to complete the Council of Catan's missions in the most skillful way possible.

Your missions are varied. First, you must prevail against pirates who terrorize the coasts of Catan. Equip your ships with crews and search for the pirates' lairs. The Council of Catan rewards the bravest fighters with fame and gold.

On your way, you will encounter rich shoals of fish just waiting to be hauled aboard your ship. If you bring the fish back to the home island, the Council of Catan rewards you.

Finally, you will encounter peaceful and helpful villagers who trade valuable spices to you. The Council of Catan will be delighted yet again when you deliver spices to their stronghold. You also benefit from the villagers' extensive knowledge and will learn how to sail faster across the seas or how to better fight the pirate ships.

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Release date Australia
May 31st, 2013
Number of Players
Play Time
90-120 minutes
Recommended Age
12 years or over
  • Medieval
Board Game Type
Board Game
Board Game Requirement
Expansion - Requires Base Game
Box Dimensions (mm)
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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