Enjoy playing Rivals for CATAN, the comprehensive, revised edition of
the successful former CATAN Card Game!
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 things more difficult for your opponent,
and build ships to boost your trade.
- Introductory Game: About 30 minutes
- Theme Game: About 45 to 60 minutes
- Duel: About 60 to 75 minutes
In Rivals for CATAN you are building your principality with cards. Each
player starts with a small principality consisting of two settlement cards
connected by a road card.
Each settlement is diagonally adjacent to a region card. Each of you has
6 regions where – should the dice roll result be favorable – you can
harvest resources such as lumber, brick, and ore, just as in the CATAN
Each settlement is worth 1 victory point, and if you upgrade a settlement to
a city, you receive another victory point. 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
Simply using the resources you harvested to build roads and settlements or to
upgrade settlements to cities won't be enough to come out as winner. It is also
important that you place heroes, buildings, and trade ships above and below the
settlements and cities because these cards are important in the competition for
the trade advantage and the strength advantage, both of which give you
additional victory points and pave your road to victory.
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.
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