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Subject: Compatible with standard Catan extension components? rss

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Can anyone tell me if Simply Catan is compatible with the other Catan components, for example the 5-6 player expansion, etc? (i.e. are the tiles the same size so they'd work together?)

It's an appealing idea as a starter set, but the appeal diminishes if it can't grow to accomodate the other add-ons...

Thanks for your insights!
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I checked my copies of each game, and the tiles are different sizes. Also, the Simply Catan version uses a board frame to surround the tiles, which has all the ports printed on it, rather than separate port tiles. Neat in that it prevents the tiles from being knocked across the table, but it does hinder the use of any expansions.

I normally recommend that if you at all plan to use any of the expansions, then go with the Mayfair edition. If not then the SimplyFun edition is a good option. (fwiw, my expansions sit unused on the shelf, as we just play the base game - the expansions mostly just add time, without really adding a worthwhile amount to the gameplay. ymmv.)

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I think it would work with Cities & Knights as long as you were willing to have the Barbarian ship "double tile" off to the side of the board.
 
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