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Special Cards for „The Rivals for Catan“

Please note: The special cards presented here are only intended for use with the game The Rivals for Catan. They cannot be used with the old Catan Card Game.


Special Cards 2015: Ron the Well-Travelled Man, Heiko the Master Swimmer, Participation in the Big Game

At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, which took place from October 8 to 11, 2015, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Cards 2015 for the game "The Rivals for Catan."
Ron the Well-Travelled Man
The German title of the first card is "Ron, der Weitgereiste." You can use the card with the theme set "The Era of Progess." If you play Ron you may rotate 1 empty region up to 3 resources.

A picture of Ron Magin, the product manager for Catan at Mayfair Games, was used as a model for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Ron Magin for many years of successful collaboration.

The card has the following function:

Ron shares his rich experience with the council. You may immediately rotate 1 empty region to the highest level (3 resources). Requires: Town Hall.

Heiko the Master Swimmer

The German title for the second card is "Heiko, der Meisterschwimmer". At a Celebration event Heiko supports you when building a street, settlement or city.

A picture of Heiko Windfelder, the Publishing Director Toys at Kosmos Verlag, was used as a model for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Heiko Windfelder for many years of successful collaboration.

The card has the following function:

If the event is Celebration: Heiko wins the swimming contest and gets your settlers excited. During your build phase, it costs you any 2 resources of your choice less to build 1 road, 1 settlement, or 1 city.

Participation in the Big Game

Because of the Catan - Big Game Event on Gen Con and on the games fair in Essen this year an additional special card was produced. The German title for this card is "Teilnahme am Big Game".

The card has the following function:

If you have registered for a Big Game or would like to participate in the next Big Game, in addition to the resources you receive as a result of the production roll you also receive the same resources your opponent obtained.


Special Card 2014: Arnd the Fisherman

Arnd the Fisherman
At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, which took place from October 16 to 18, 2014, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Card 2014 for the game "The Rivals for Catan."
The German title of this card is "Arnd, der Fischer." You can use the card with the theme set "The Era of Gold." If you placed Arnd adjacent to one of your gold fields, instead of taking 1 gold you may rotate the other adjacent region to the next higher level when the number of the gold field is rolled.
A picture of Arnd Fischer, since spring 2014 the Catan games editor at Kosmos, was used as a model for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Arnd Fischer for the previous years, during which he - in his capacity as a training manager - introduced many people to Catan.

The card has the following function:

Place Arnd adjacent to a gold field. When the number of the gold field is rolled, instead of taking 1 gold you may rotate the other adjacent region to the next higher level.


Special Card 2013: Gavin the Polyglot

Gavin the Polyglot

At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, which took place from October 24 to 27, 2013, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Card 2013 for the game "The Rivals for Catan." The German title of the card is "Gavin, der Sprachkundige." If the Polyglot is on your side, one time during your turn you may trade a resource for another resource 1:1, provided that the region your resource comes from has a total of three resources.
A picture of Gavin Allister, Catan GmbH's German to English translator, was used as a model for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Gavin for many years of successful collaboration.

The card has the following function:

1x during your turn: You may exchange 1 resource from a region where you have 3 resources for any 1 different resource of your choice.


Special Card 2012: Alexander and Sebastian, the Bookkeepers

Alexander and Sebastian, the Bookkeepers

At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, which took place from October 18 to 21, 2012, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Card 2012 for the game "The Rivals for Catan.“ The German title of the card is "Alexander und Sebastian, die Buchhalter." If you assign the two bookkeepers to your princely treasury, you'll be pleased to find out that your treasures are more valuable than you thought.
Photos of Alexander Zbiek and Sebastian Mellin, the two programmers for the PlayCatan game "Die Fürsten von Catan" (Rivals for Catan) were used as models for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Alexander and Sebastian for many years of successful collaboration.

The action card has the following function:

Your treasures have been recounted in your favor. If you are in the lead, immediately take any 1 resource of your choice; otherwise take any 2 resources of your choice. Requires: Prince or Princess.


Special Card 2011: Johannes the Advocate

Johannes the Advocatet

At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, which took place from October 20 to 23, 2011, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Card 2011 for the game "The Rivals for Catan." The German title of the card is "Johannes, der Advokat." When your opponent plays an action card that costs you resources, the consequences can be mitigated if the "Advocate" is on your side.
A picture of Dr. Johannes Delmere, Catan GmbH's lawyer, was used as a model for the card.

The action card has the following function:

If you lose resources as a result of an action card played by your opponent, you may pay 1 gold and roll the die. 1-3: Demand 1 resource from your opponent; if he leads, you may demand another 1 from him. 4,5: You get your gold back.

Note: The special card was produced in a small batch, independently from the regular production process. The corners of the cards may, therefore, have a slightly different curve radius than the standard cards.


Special Card 2010: Axel the Innovator

Axel the Innovator

At the Internationale Spieletage (International Game Fair) in Essen, Germany, from October 21 to 24, 2010, during his signing session at the Kosmos booth Klaus Teuber gave away the Special Card 2010 for the game "The Rivals for Catan." The German title of the card is "Axel, der Erneuerer." This card allows you to upgrade buildings on favorable terms.
A picture of Axel Meffert, Managing Director at Kosmos, was used as a model for the card. By means of this card, Klaus Teuber thanks Mr. Meffert for more than 15 years of great teamwork for the benefit of the Catan product family.

The action card has the following function:

Remove a building. Replace it with another building and pay the difference of the building costs in gold. Observe the building rules!

Note: The special card was produced in a small batch, independently from the regular production process. The corners of the cards may, therefore, have a slightly different curve radius than the standard cards.

Annotations to the "Axel" card:

  • If the removed building costs more than the new building, no gold is refunded.
  • When you remove a building, you may not build the same building again.
  • The new building replaces the removed building and, therefore, must be placed at the same location.
  • When you use Axel, a Building Crane does not give you any further discount.