Mayfair Games Catan Explorers and Pirates Expansion Board Game

June 20, 2013 - Comment

Catan: Explorers and Pirates is an expansion for Settlers of Catan. You need the base Settlers of Catan in order to use the expansion. It’s for three to four players 12 and up, and can be played in 90+ minutes. The expansion will include five scenarios and three missions, which can be mixed and matched

Catan: Explorers and Pirates is an expansion for Settlers of Catan. You need the base Settlers of Catan in order to use the expansion. It’s for three to four players 12 and up, and can be played in 90+ minutes. The expansion will include five scenarios and three missions, which can be mixed and matched to enhance replayability; not all scenarios make use of missions. The five scenarios are: Land Ho!, in which players explore the sea of Catan and two islands, which can be colonized using ships to ferry settlers (Introductory Scenario). Pirate Lairs!, in which players must pay tribute to the pirates or drive them off, and can capture their lairs to earn gold and Victory Points (One Mission Scenario). Fish for Catan!, in which players search for fish to earn Victory Points, and must avoid pirates but can capture their lairs (Two Mission Scenario). Spices for Catan!, in which players seek fish and spices to win Victory Points, and can learn more about sailing or pirate fighting from the inhabitants of the Spice Islands (Two Mission Scenario). Explorers and Pirates!, a lengthy and challenging scenario which combines all the previous scenarios (Three Mission Scenario). Wood components include 16 harbor settlements, 32 adventurers, 12 ships, eight settlers, 12 markers, four pirate ships, six fish, and 24 spice sacks. Other components include 76 die cut gold coins, frame pieces and hexes, tokens, and cards. Catan: Explorers and Pirates also requires some components from Settlers of Catan.

Product Features

  • This is an expansion, you need Settlers of Catan in order to use the expansion
  • Adds depth and complexity to the base game
  • Includes 5 scenarios and 3 missions

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Ben "Ben P." says:

A Hardcore Board Gamer’s Review I’ve written reviews for each Catan game and expansion. And recently my gaming group has played through Explorers & Pirates. First, the physical quality. The thickness of the cardboard is greater than the base set (4th edition) and it makes for awkward fitting. We fought keeping it together the entire night. I also don’t quite get the shapes of some wood pieces. Is the Settler pieces supposed to be a person and their supplies? The crew pieces are likewise a bit too abstract. And the pirate ships look like sombreros. The box does not come with a compartmentalized tray. Instead, you get a bunch of large bags and some cardboard punch-outs that serve to identify what pieces go in what bag. Plan to spend a good 30 minutes punching and sorting into bags when you open the box.Scenarios. I’m afraid that the marketing of this game is misleading. There are not five scenarios in this expansion. Instead, there are four TRAINING games that teach you how to do each part and…

J. Summers says:

Poor Quality, Ill-Fitting Pieces & Simplistic – Not My Favorite After trying it out, I won’t be buying this Catan expansion for myself, which is a first, and let me tell you why:1. Basic aesthetics (which has been a problem before with Catan games, but never to this magnitude): The previous reviewer is absolutely correct about the ill-fitting pieces. The new hexes and frames are made of a thicker material, and they don’t fit well with the old pieces. This is a really big pain. Furthermore, the new hexes with the same old resources don’t match the old hexes. The colors are off, the lines are often thicker, and instead of new designs with interesting, subtle differences, we’re left with some simpler versions (like an empty wheat field hex). Hexes and number tokens are often printed off-center as well, and the number tokens look like garbage. Really shoddy. I’m very disappointed with the appearance of this game. It’s like Mayfair Games didn’t even take it seriously.2. You’ll spend half the game putting pieces back on…

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