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This is the second page of separate maps for the Settlers of Catan board game. They are part of the series known as CATAN GEOGRAPHIES. As with the USA
page on this website, this page deals with the 56cm square (folded to 28x28) maps - the page for the 56cm x 75cm maps (28 x 37.5) is also on this site.
There are other maps available that are based in the USA, some of which you can read about on another page of this website. You can purchase the maps from
Mayfair Games direct (www.mayfairgames.com), at any of the conventions they 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.

On all three of the following maps Settlements may only be built on the Round City intersections that depict actual cities. On two of the maps, Bavaria and North
Rhine - Westphalia,
there are also circular junctions where VP tokens  (not included when you purchase the map - use tokens from either a Settlers game or simply
use some other form of counter) are placed, giving an additional Victory Point to the first player to build to them; these are a good way of getting the odd VPs but
should be a considered part of a strategy.
 

                             

CATAN BAVARIA

Bavaria is divided into 3 regions - Franconia, Swabia and Old Bavaria and is the largest State in the Federal Republic of Germany.  For the game there are Trade Docks (as in the 2:1 or 3:1 Red Harbour spaces - on this map I tend to think of these more as Railway Stations Goods Yards more than Docks) but there are no sea or river (Blue) tracks. 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 Bavaria. The positions of the cities roughly correspond to their actual geographical position, and the distribution of the terrain hexes also corresponds to Bavaria'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 Bavaria and some of its cities.  The Bavaria 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.

There is an editorial note that informs that there are a few important cities in Bavaria that for game balance could not be included on the map and that the positioning of other cities has been more with poetic license than geographical accuracy. Unless you are going to be over pedantic and sensitive about the geography then the minor replacing ensures that this map makes for an interesting challenge within the regular Catan rules. Rather than have mountain ranges where ore can be collected from, Bavaria has rugged highlands which appear on the map like forests with a rocky (quarry-like) centre (sounds like a sweet from an exotic box of chocolates).

                  

CATAN NORTH RHINE - WESTPHALIA

I found the following on EPICQUESTGames website. I could have paraphrased it and pretended I had written it but instead I would rather credit the original site and point you towards it. Die Siedler von Catan - Nordrhein-Westfalen edition is part of a series of historical regional map expansions for the venerable Settlers of Catan line. The new line profiles famous regions of Germany during the Middle Ages, when Celts, Romans, and Germans intermingled.This fixed map covers the Nordrhein-Westfalen area of Germany, which includes the modern-day industrial area around the river Rhein (Rurh). Many BGG-ers will recognize the city of Essen. The geographic features (resource hexes) and cities mirror the approximate location of their real-world counterparts. 'Harbors' ring the playing field.The rules follow closely to standard Catan, with a few notable exceptions: Players may only build cities in the round intersections denoting actual cities. Because some of the cities are only one hexside apart, the spacing rule requiring two roads between settlements is not in effect. Having built a road to a hex with a settlement, one cannot build a road leaving it until one has build a settlement on the hex. Finally, to obtain the benefit of a harbor, it is only necessary to lay a road on the hexside shaded in red. Furthermore, victory points can be obtained by building the first road onto a 'victory point crossing.' These points are indicated by tokens (e.g. from the Seafarer's expansion) placed there. BoardGameGeek Info

Category: Expansion for Base-game, Negotiation            Time: 60 minutes         Designer: Klaus Teuber     Year: 2008
Artist: Andreas Steiner, Harald Lieske, Tanja Donner      Family: Catan, Catan Geographies, Cities: Bonn, Country: Germany
Mechanics: Dice Rolling, Route/Network Building, Trading    Publisher: Catan GmbH, Mayfair Games

            Hessen - topografisch

SETTLERS of HESSE

This is the map (mentioned above) that doesn't offer Victory Points on certain junctions, making it more like the original Settlers of Catan game

The following text comes from the Catan.com website. 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 Hesse. The positions of the cities roughly correspond to their actual geographical position, and the distribution of the terrain hexes also corresponds to Hesse's geography. For each city, Andreas Steiner 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 Bavaria and some of its cities.  The Hesse 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 Game Rules for Download
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The Settlers of Catan – Board Game & Expansions

The Settlers of Catan – Variants & Scenarios

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Small Catan Game

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Catan Spin-Offs

Catan Card Game :   (Predecessor of “Rivals for Catan” out of print)

 

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