THE LOST MAPS

GREATER CATAN

Sets Needed

Four Player:
Two copies of Catan base game plus two copies of Seafarers,
OR…
Catan base game
Catan 5-6 player expansion
Seafarers
Seafarers 5-6 player expansion
Explorers & Pirates (for a couple extra land tiles).

Three Player:
Catan base game
Catan 5-6 player expansion
Seafarers
Seafarers 5-6 player expansion


Recommended for
3 to 4 players

Game Instructions
  • Victory: 18 Victory Points (both 3 and 4 player)
  • Rules: Standard + rules below

The “Greater Catan” scenario is a fun variation where number tiles migrate from the main island to the smaller islands throughout the game. It was originally included in the 1st edition rulebook for Catan: Seafarers. However, because it requires so many sets, it was eventually removed. It is currently available to play in the Catan game for Mac.

GREATER CATAN (4 PLAYER)

Game setup:

Note that this frame uses a less common, wide 6×9 outline. After setting up the board as shown, set aside the following five number tokens, shuffled in a face-down pile: 3, 5, 8, 9, 10

Rules:
The Catanians are eagerly settling the neighboring islands. But soon resources become scarce on Catan’s main island. The rules of the Seafarers expansion apply with the following additions. As soon as a player’s ship reaches the intersection of a terrain hex belonging to one of the small islands, a number token is assigned to this hex. The first 5 number tokens are taken randomly from the face down supply.

Once the supply is used up, the player whose turn it is must remove a number token from the main island. At first, only number tokens are available that obey the following 4 rules:

  1. The number token must belong to a terrain hex adjacent to which the active player owns a settlement or city.
  2. Each settlement or city on the main island must keep at least one terrain hex with a number token.
  3. On a small island, the numbers 6 and 8 must not be next to each other.
  4. If it is not possible to comply with the first three rules, you may break the rules in consecutive order from 1 to 3.

Play with both the Robber and the Pirate.
Extra Cities: Because of the nature of this scenario, each player is allowed to build up to 8 cities. (You can use whatever you want to represent this addition to your stock – an extra set of cities from another Catan Base Game, or possibly the Harbor Settlements from Explorers & Pirates)

GREATER CATAN (3 PLAYER)

Rules:

The Catanians are eagerly settling the neighboring islands. But soon resources become scarce on Catan’s main island.

The rules of the Seafarers expansion apply with the following additions. As soon as a player’s ship reaches the intersection of a terrain hex belonging to one of the small islands, a number token is assigned to this hex. The first 4 number tokens are taken randomly from the face down supply.

Once the supply is used up, the player whose turn it is must remove a number token from the main island. At first, only number tokens are available that obey the following 4 rules:

  1. The number token must belong to a terrain hex adjacent to which the active player owns a settlement or city.
  2. Each settlement or city on the main island must keep at least one terrain hex with a number token.
  3. On a small island, the numbers 6 and 8 must not be next to each other.
  4. If it is not possible to comply with the first three rules, you may break the rules in consecutive order from 1 to 3.

Play with both the Robber and the Pirate.
Extra Cities: Because of the nature of this scenario, each player is allowed to build up to 8 cities. (You can use whatever you want to represent this addition to your stock – an extra set of cities from another Catan Base Game, or possibly the Harbor Settlements from Explorers & Pirates) See less

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If you have a question about these maps and/or rules, please contact us. We welcome any feedback, suggestions or corrections.