5 Best Expansions for Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan, a board game designed by Klaus Teuber, is a worldwide phenomenon -- this board game has sold more than 6 million copies, including expansions, in Germany alone. These are my picks for the best 5 Settlers of Catan games and expansions.

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    Settlers of Catan

    Nothing tops the original. More than any other single game, Settlers of Catan was responsible for the growth of designer games in the U.S. On the island of Catan, players work to obtain the resources they need to build roads, towns, and cities. A variable game board, a good mix of luck and skill, and strong player interaction all combine to make it a classic. For 3 or 4 players.

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    This expansion simply allows one or two additional players to take part in the fun of the original game. If your gaming group regularly includes 5 or 6 people, this should be your first acquisition after the original.

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    This card game version is a complete stand-alone game for 2 players. The basic theme is the same -- use resources to build roads, cities and civic improvements -- but the game play is rather different. Gamers have mixed reactions to this game, but many find it a great way to play in the Catan universe with just two players.

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    This expansion to the original game adds more islands, plus pirates, gold, ships, and more. A 5-6 Player Expansion is also available for Seafarers.

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    The Catan universe moves into space as players work to colonize other planets and trade with aliens. This is a complete stand-alone game, for which a 5-6 Player Expansion is available. The game Starship Catan is a two-player card game with a similar theme.