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Catan: Cities & Knights

4.25 (5 ratings)
Release Date 1998
Publisher Mayfair Games (US)
Designer Klaus Teuber
Players 2 - 4
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  • Fend off the barbarian hordes with your knights
  • Build three great metropolises by improving your cities
  • Coinage, Paper, and Cloth trade cards add to the strategic mix

Wouldn't you just know it? There you are, peacefully enjoying the fruits of your labors on the island of Catan when barbarians come along to complicate things. Fortunately, you have knights at your disposal to stave off disaster, but keeping the barbarians in check requires eternal vigilance. Then there's the business of improving the island even further. Three new trade cards make for even more machiavellian negotiations with your fellow players as you strive to assemble the necessary pieces to build your giant metropolis, gaining you two precious victory points. Since these metropolises can only be built once you have a city established next to mountains, forests, or pastures, it's fair to say that the resources on the island of Catan are about to get squeezed...

Play Time:
Long (60-120 min)
In The Box
  • 1 Barbarian Tile, 12 City Walls, 24 Knights
  • 36 Commodity Cards, 54 Progress Cards
  • 6 Defender of Catan Victory Point Cards
  • 3 Metropolis Pieces, 3 Metropolis Tokens
  • 1 Barbarian Ship, 1 Merchant, 1 Event Die
  • 1 Games Rules & Almanac/Game Overview
Fun expansion

Definitely a fun expansion to the original. Adds a lot more factors that are all great.

Review posted on 26 October 2011

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