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Question about Combination of “Traders & Barbarians” with “Cities & Knights” Barbarian Attack (in general) - When determining which player has the most victory points, is each captured barbarian counted as half a victory point?

Answer

2 captured barbarians are worth one victory point, but a single barbarian initially has no value for a player. In a combination with Cities & Knights or The Fishermen of Catan, this means that whenever you can play cards (Master Merchant and Wedding) against the leading player(s), they are not affected by it if a single captured barbarian provides them with half a virtual point more than you.