After a long voyage, the settlers have reached Catan and built their first settlements. Harbors are built and new, seaworthy ships are being developed. Daring Catanians sail across the ocean.

Before long, rumors appear that many smaller islands are out there at sea, not too far away - it is even said that gold has been found on some of them. Gold is highly appreciated in Catan.

Ships are fitted out, and soon Catanian ships set sail to find the gold of the islands.


Game Components

For 3 Players

Harbors: You need 8 harbor tokens: 5 special 2:1 (one for each resource) and 3 generic 3:1.

Terrain & Tokens: You need 18 Catan chits and:

Terrain HexesNumber Tokens
Type#Value#
Sea9/42s1/0
Desert0/03s1/1
Gold field0/24s1/2
Fields3/15s2/1
Hills2/26s2/0
Mountains2/28s2/1
Pasture4/19s1/1
Forest3/010s2/1
Total:23/1211s2/0
12s0/1
Total:14/8

For 4 Players

Harbors: You need 9 harbor tokens:

5 special 2:1 (one for each resource) and 4 generic 3:1.

Terrain & Tokens: You need 24 Catan chits and:

Terrain HexesNumber Tokens
Type#Value#
Sea10/42s1/1
Desert1/03s2/1
Gold field0/24s1/2
Fields4/15s2/1
Hills3/26s2/1
Mountains3/28s2/1
Pasture4/19s2/1
Forest4/110s2/1
Total:29/1311s2/1
12s0/1
Total:18/9

Setup

Set up the game map as shown in the appropriate scenario diagram. Use the 3-player set-up with 3 players. Use the 4-player set-up with 4 players. For the 4-player set-up, randomly place the harbor tokens from a stack that has been shuffled with reverse sides up.



Additional Rules

Set-up Phase

You build your first two settlements with roads/ships on the main island (the big island), as described in basic Catan.

Remember: If you build a settlement on the coast, you may place a ship (instead of a road) next to the settlement. You can then go immediately out to sea.

Pirate & Robber

Play this scenario with both the robber and the pirate.

The pirate starts on the sea hex marked with a pirate ship. In a 4-player game, the robber starts in the desert. In a 3-player game, he starts on the hills hex marked with a "12".

Special Victory Points

Each time you build a settlement for the first time on one of the small islands, you receive 2 special victory points! Take 2 Catan chits and place them under the settlement when you build it. You can potentially receive 2 points for each of the small islands-it does not matter if other players have already built settlements on a small island.


Ending the Game

The game ends as soon as a player reaches 14 victory points on his turn.


Variable Setup

The main island and the small islands can be set-up in a manner similar to the set-up in a regular Catan game.

Main Island for 4 Players

Using the main island positions shown in the 4-Player Setup diagram, build the main island (big island) and place the harbors according to the rules for basic Catan.

Small Islands for 4 Players

There are 13 terrain hex positions shown in the 4-Player Setup diagram that are not adjacent to the main island. Randomly place the small island terrain hexes in these positions (use the red numbers in the component list, including 4 sea hexes).

Then place the number tokens randomly on the land hexes - red production numbers should not be placed next to each other.

Main Island for 3 Players

Randomly place the 14 land terrain hexes and 8 harbor tokens in the main island positions shown in the 3-Player setup diagram. Then place the number tokens randomly - red numbers should not be placed next to each other.

Small Islands for 3 Players

There are 12 terrain hex positions shown in the 3-Player Setup diagram that are not adjacent to the main island. Randomly place the small island terrain hexes in these positions (use the red numbers in the component list, including 4 sea hexes).

Then place the number tokens randomly on the land hexes.




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