The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion
The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion Playtest Review by Shannon Appelcline on 09/11/02
Style: 4 (Classy and well done)
Substance: 3 (Average)
If you've already expanded your Settlers game out to 6 players, and you like Seafarers, you'll of course buy this supplement.
Product: The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion
Author: Klaus Teuber
Category: Board/Tactical Game
Company/Publisher: Mayfair Games / Kosmos
Line: Settlers of Catan
Page count: N/A
Year published: 1998
Comp copy?: no
Playtest Review by Shannon Appelcline on 09/11/02
Genre tags: Historical
This is a review of Seafarer's expansion, not the game itself; a review of the game proper was also posted today.
The Seafarers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion is a supplement to The Seafarers of Catan, which in turn is a supplement to The Settlers of Catan, and you must have also bought the Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion. So, by the time you're picking up this box, you've already put out $96 for Catan, so you're probably pretty committed.
At its simplest level, this expansion contains what you'll need to play Seafarers with 5 or 6 people; despite the numbers printed on this box, this'll probably take you 2-3 hours.
Here's what the box contains:
The components are all nice quality, and are all very important to have (though I don't entirely understand the need for more water hexes, but not more land).
The real winner in this expansion is the rule book, which is in four-colors. This is quite nice because the book contains 10 scenarios for 5 or 6 players and because they're in color you can actually figure out how to layout the board, unlike the scenarios in the original Seafarers rulebook. As with Seafarers, the maps are mostly set, some are randomized at startup, and some are randomized through play.
The only change to the basic Seafarers rules is that players can now build in between each player's turn. I've noted before that I don't like that aspect of Catan, because I find it confusing to change the rules depending on how many players you have, so I won't beat that horse here.
Overall, this expansion does a fairly pedestrian job of expanding Seafarers of Catan out to 5 or 6 players, though the price point is a bit high for what's actually contained.