Catan - Cities & Knights Expansion (Board Game)

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Adds several new aspects to Settlers of Catan but the two major ones are creating knights to protect the land from invading barbarians and building city improvements that confer benefits upon that city's owner. Adds tactical complexity to the game and game length. Belongs to the Catan Series. The game changes the base game in three main ways: First, there are 3 new commodities in the game, distinct from resources - paper, cloth, and coins, which can be acquired from Forest, Meadow, and Mountain spaces, respectively. Cities that would normally produce two of one of those resources instead produce 1 resource and 1 of the corresponding commodity. (To make commodities easier to obtain, each player starts the game with 1 city and 1 settlement on the board.) These commodities allow players to build city improvements that confer various advantages and eventually points. Second, the deck of development cards is replaced by three different decks, each corresponding to one of the commodities. Building city improvements gives players a chance to draw these cards with every roll of the dice. Building more improvements will increase these chances, but cards cannot be bought directly in any way. These cards are similar to the development cards in the base game, but with a wider range of effects. (Some cards are balanced better as well - the new Resource Monopoly card, for example, can take no more than 2 of the named resource from any one player.) Finally, players can also build knights on the island along their network of roads. These knights can be used to claim certain intersections and move the Robber (taking the place of Soldier cards), but are also used to defend the island from periodic barbarian attacks. If the island is successfully defended, the player(s) with the most knights are rewarded. If not, the player(s) with the fewest knights each have a city downgraded to a settlement.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
13 Jul 2015
Strategy Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
5th Edition
# of Players
3 - 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players,Recommended with 3, 4 players
Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
Game Designer
Klaus Teuber
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
Expansion Sets
  • Catan: Cities & Knights – 5-6 Player Extension
  • Der Hafenmeister
  • Hexen
  • Zauberer & Drachen
Supply Source
South Africa

Customer Reviews

Perfect addition

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This expansion is a perfect add on to the base game. The additions makes for much more strategic gameplay and resources need to be managed more carefully. The need to activate knights also increase the threat of the robber.


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If you are a veteran of the Catan world and looking for something new, this expansion is just for you.

It revamps the rules just enough for it to be familiar but creates a completely new game at the same time. The general pack Development Cards are replaced by 3 groups of Progress Cards (Blue, Green and Yellow), that serve as a type of power ups, similar to how the previous development cards were used, however, the Knight is no longer a playable card, but a playable Token that will assist to protect the cities from the encroaching Barbarian horde on its way to pillage the land of Catan. Players have to work together the fight of the Barbarians, but at the same time fight each other to win the game.

Hours of fun are to be had, though it does take some getting used to the change in the set of rules that differ from those from the original game. Not to difficult to learn and brings a fresh aspect to the game not yet before seen.