The Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion
The Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion Playtest Review by Shannon Appelcline on 27/10/02
Style: 3 (Average)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)
A slightly flawed expansion for a superb game. Nonetheless, vitally important if you enjoy the basic Catan boardgame.
Product: The Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion
Author: Klaus Teuber
Category: Board/Tactical Game
Company/Publisher: Mayfair Games / Kosmos
Line: The Settlers of Catan
Page count: N/A
Year published: 1995
Comp copy?: no
Playtest Review by Shannon Appelcline on 27/10/02
Genre tags: Historical
The Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion is, not surpisingly, a supplement to The Settlers of Catan board game. For the basic gameplay, please go read my accompanying review for "The Settlers of Catan", also published today.
At its simplest level, this small box gives you the components you need to expand Settlers out into a 5-6 player game that'll take 2-3 hours to play.
I've very supportive of the way that Mayfair has decided to market Settlers. By offering an introductory box at $38 for 4 players they can get in casual players, and at the same time allow those of us with larger gaming groups to put out additional cash to allow a couple of extra people to sit in.
Unfortunately, the way that Mayfair has decided to make the two boxes fit together is relatively substandard, and as a result it's hard to iterate between 3-4 and 5-6 player games.
The biggest problems include:
These problems cost the 5-6 player expansion points for style, because confusion is never a good thing. Nonetheless, it's very nice to have this expansion when inviting 5 friends over for Catan.