Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Essen 2013: The Settlers of Corsica

One of the kind gifts brought back to me from Essen 2013 was a Catan Geographies map that is (so far) exclusive to Germany: Korsica. (Yes, that's the French island in the Mediterranean for those of my readers who are geography-challenged.)

I haven't had a chance to play it yet - but it looks like it has some nice twists without adding any ridiculous complications.

It's also my most recent opportunity to machine translate German rules (since none were posted on BGG)... and I thought I'd share them here with you!

Die Siedler von Catan - Korsika edition
google-translated by Mark Jackson

 The rules for 3 and 4 players

You need the game pieces and cards of the board game "Settlers of Catan" to colonize Corsica. Basically the rules of the board game also apply to this scenario with the following exceptions

1 Construction of settlements:
Settlements may be established or built only on the round city spaces.

2 Road construction:
Roads may be built only on the rectangular street spaces. A player builds a road to a round city space, can only build a next street behind the city space when he builds a settlement in this area.

3 Special and 3:1 trade:
If a player has built a road on a red road space, he may exchange resources with the bank, as indicated on the adjacent sign - so, either 3 identical commodities of any kind or two of the same raw materials depicted for one of any other commodity .

4 Raiders:
The Robber starts the game on the grazing landscape west of Ajaccio.

5 VP intersections:
During set-up, place a victory point chip from the Seafarers expansion (alternatively, a coin) at each intersection with a victory point symbol. The first played to build to one of these victory point intersections with a road gets the chip (or coin), which is worth one victory point .

6 Winning the Game:
The first player to reach 13 victory points on their turn wins a three player game. The first player to reach 12 victory point on their turn wins a four player game.

The rules for 5 and 6 Player

In addition to the above rules, the rules of 5/6 player expansion to the "Settlers of Catan" apply

Change from 3/4 player game: Victory point fields do not provide victory points - instead, they count as round city spaces for settlement building.

The first player to reach 10 victory points on their turn wins a five or six player game.

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