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This is the third page of separate maps for the Settlers of Catan board game. They are part of the series known as CATAN GEOGRAPHIES. On this site there are maps for the USA and Germany - each series using 56cm square (folded to 28x28) maps. This page looks at the 56cm x 75cm maps (28 x 37.5) maps for THURINGIA, MAJORCA and AUSTRIA.  Being larger maps there are more hexes that make up the playing area and thus more possibilities for different strategies and tactics  as well as making more space to allow for up to 6 players (paying particular attention to the number and location of the resources before deciding your initial start-up is very important as the number of players rises). You can purchase the maps from Mayfair Games direct (Mayfair Games), at games conventions Mayfair attend or from game stores for around $5.00 a pop.  For ALL of the separate maps you need the cards and pieces (everything except the hex tiles basically) from one of the boxed games.

             

CATAN THURINGIA

This map gets its name from the early 6th Century when the region was titled the Thuringian Kingdom. It covers quite a large area, some 4.5% of Germany's total surface area, and once again has no sea links, thus no Blue lines. It does have Victory Point junctions and like many of the other separately available maps Settlements may only be built in the specified locations. The standard Settlers of Catan board game rules apply. There are only a few exceptions. Settlements may only be built on the round town fields. Since some town fields are separated by only one road, the distance rule of the Base Game does not apply. If you build a road adjacent to a town field, you may build the next road behind this town field only after having built a settlement on this field. And to enjoy a “harbor advantage,” all you have to do is build a road on a red road field.  The intersections marked with a victory point symbol are new. At the beginning of the game, here you place either a Catan chit from the Seafarers expansion or any other marker, e. g., a coin. The first player to reach a victory point intersection with a chit or marker on it by road receives that chit/marker and thus obtains a victory point. These few rule changes add a very particular charm to the scenario.  The game map reflects the geographical features of Thuringia. The positions of the cities roughly correspond to their actual geographical position, and the distribution of the terrain hexes also corresponds to Thuringia's geography. For each city, Anette Nora Kara created an image of its landmark, and a short text informs about the landmarks' significance. During play, in a very casual fashion you'll also learn interesting facts about Thuringia and some of its cities. The Thuringia edition can be played by 3 or 4 players. If you use the “Catan for Two” variant, the game can also be played by 2 players.

                                

CATAN AUSTRIA

The standard Settlers of Catan board game rules apply. There are only a few exceptions. Settlements may only be built on the round town fields. Since some town fields are separated by only one road, the distance rule of the Base Game does not apply. If you build a road adjacent to a town field, you may build the next road behind this town field only after having built a settlement on this field. And to enjoy a “harbor advantage,” all you have to do is build a road on a red road field. The intersections marked with a victory point symbol are new. At the beginning of the game, here you place either a Catan chit from the Seafarers expansion or any other marker, e. g., a coin. The first player to reach a victory point intersection with a chit or marker on it by road receives that chit/marker and thus obtains a victory point.  These few rule changes add a very particular charm to the scenario.  The game map reflects the geographical features of Austria. The positions of the cities roughly correspond to their actual geographical position, and the distribution of the terrain hexes also corresponds to Austria's geography. For each city, Anette Nora Kara created an image of its landmark, and a short text informs about the landmarks' significance. During play, in a very casual fashion you'll also learn interesting facts about Austria and some of its cities.  The Austria edition can be played by 3 or 4 players. If you use the “Catan for Two” variant, the game can also be played by 2 players.
Like the aforementioned THURINGIA map, AUSTRIA also has no ports/harbours or docks, thus no Blue lines, but there are still the trade points available as well as the VP spaces.

Optional "Fun" Rule (by the way, you are not meant to read that as Optional Funeral)
Because of the propensity of cows and the milk industry in the Alpine pastures of Austria players are punished by the loss of a card - their choice if they mention "Sheep" or "Wool" using instead the word "Milk" (maybe because we know what happens to older cows who stop producing Milk, we also allow the use of "Leather" or "Hide" along with "Milk").

                            

CATAN MAJORCA (MALLORCA)   Published by KOSMOS in Germany – not available in the USA.   This regional map shows the Island of Majorca (or Mallorca) in Spain, which is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans, Dutch, French and British holidaymakers.

Optional "Fun" Rule
Because of the propensity of nuts in Spain Almonds replace the resource formerly known as Wheat. Players who use the words "Wheat" or "Grain" are punished by the loss of a card - their choice.

Despite being on a large map sheet, the island of Majorca as a Catan map looks to be overcrowded, or as I often say in such cases, very busy. The most unusual thing about this map is that despite Majorca being an island and thus surrounded by sea there are no Harbour (Blue) lines.

The best way to enjoy playing Settlers of Majorca is to imagine yourself on the very sandy beaches of cala d'Or enjoying the hot sun and a pina collada, or dancing and drinking the night away in the wild night-life of Magaluf.

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015