Starfarers of Catan (1999)

Average Rating: 6.81/10
Board Game Rank: 612
Strategy Game Rank: 393
Family Game Rank: 135
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1999
# of Players
3 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Starfarers of Catan
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Die Sternenfahrer von Catan
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The foray into space, sometime near the year 2700 A.D. Compete for the prestigious post of Ambassador to the Galactic Council. To attain this lofty position, players must leave Terra and the known planets to explore and colonize the galaxy, while working to establish trade with alien cultures, encounter aliens, and defeat pirates. Glory and victory go to the brave and astute explorer upon whom luck smiles.

The known worlds lie at one end of the game board, where each of the 3 or 4 players begins from known solar systems, each with 3 planets producing raw materials needed for the travels into deep space.

Each player begins with 2 Colonies and a Space Port (all components are made from plastic). The Space Port makes starships to transport your new colonies and trade posts to distant lands. Throughout the game, all the colonies and spaceports enable the production of resources when the dice match the numbers of adjacent planets. Resources are traded for colony ships, trade ships, and fleet upgrades of freight rings, booster rockets, and cannon. Beware as you explore—some planets are covered in ice, and some conceal dangerous pirates.

Belongs to the Catan Series.

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Game Pieces

  • 1 game board
  • 4 mother ships
  • Expansion pieces for mother ships:
    • 4 booster rings (grey, in later printings only, see below)
    • 24 cannons (blue)
    • 24 boosters (yellow)
    • 20 freight rings (copper)
    • 40 fame rings (silver)
  • Player game pieces in 4 colors (blue, green, yellow, red)
    • spaceport rings - 3 of each color
    • transporters - 3 of each color
    • colonies - 9 of each color
    • trading outposts - 7 of each color
    • victory point marker - 1 of each color
  • 100 resource cards
    • 20 of each resource: fuel, ore, trade goods, carbon, and food
  • 20 friendship cards, 5 for each of the 4 races
  • 32 encounter cards
  • 38 resource chits
  • 4 friendship chips
  • 4 game overview cards
  • 2 dice
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 almanac

The plastic teeth of the mothership pieces where the boosters attach are fragile and prone to snap off. The manufacturers developed grey plastic booster rings to be placed over the relevant part of the ship piece. While these rings may have been included in later-packaged copies of the game, most copies do not include them. Mayfair Games' customer service will provide the rings upon request.


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Starfarers of Catan
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English first edition
Publisher: KOSMOS, Mayfair Games
Artist: Tanja Donner
Year: 2000
Size: 11.70 x 11.70 x 4.50 inches
4.54 pounds
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Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Tanja Donner
Year: 1999
Product Code: 688615
Size: 11.70 x 11.70 x 4.50 inches
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Board Game Rank: 612
Strategy Game Rank: 393
Family Game Rank: 135
Num Ratings: 3991
Average Rating: 6.81
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