Catan - formerly known as The Settlers of Catan - is one of the most famous designer board games in history. Klaus Teuber’s simple yet engaging 1995 design blazed a new trail for modern board games to follow. The 5-6 player expansion lets you enjoy it with even more people.
Catan is a brilliant game to play with all kinds of people, but the base box limits you to three or four players. While the experience at either of these counts is fantastic, many people find themselves wishing that they could bring the game to the table with a larger group. With the expansion, that’s exactly what you can do.
So how does the 5 to 6 player expansion work? The box provides you with 11 more terrain hexes that will allow you to construct a much larger playing surface. Additional sea pieces help you to frame the new shape. On this larger board, the game plays almost identically to regular Catan.
The only further difference is that all players can build at the end of every turn, so you don’t have to nervously glance at the robber as your hand fills up with resources on five other players’ turns. This clever twist also keeps the game moving, helping to make it as fast, if not faster, than with three or four players.