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