The venerable board game juggernaut Catan (formerly The Settlers of Catan) has enjoyed many expansions and spin-offs over the years, but Cities & Knights, the second expansion after Seafarers, turned it into a whole new game. Here’s a brief glimpse of what’s new – and if you want to dive in deeper, watch my How to Play Catan: Cities & Knights video.

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table, and this is Catan: Cities & Knights, an expansion for Catan, which is correctly pronounced “Catan,” but i’m on a diet. Here’s The Deal.

You and your friends are competing to control Catan as usual, but you face the threat of an offshore boat full of barbarians bearing down on the island. If you thought your local robber was bad news, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The barbarians creep slowly towards the island, and when they reach its shores, all players must contribute to the defense of Catan using their knights, or risk getting one of their cities sacked! The cities themselves are more advanced than in the base game. You can upgrade them along three different skill trees to earn special abilities, powerful new Progress cards, and metropolis gates that protect you from the barbarians. Cities can now produce three unique commodities, and you can build walls around them to be able to carry more cards. At the end of the game, whoever has developed the most powerful and well-defended island empire wins!

Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the overview segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

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