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This Rivals for CATAN expansion includes three new Theme Sets, The Era of Intrigue, The Era of Merchant Princes, and The Era of Barbarians, which add more variation to the existing game. In addition, the Tournament Game is introduced.
This expansion is not a standalone game. You also need the Rivals for CATAN basegame.
Klaus Teuber personally introduces you to the new Theme Sets. In several detailed blog posts, he described what the three Theme Sets are about:
The Tournament Game is the pinnacle of Rivals for CATAN, where each player assembles their own deck from their cards. During the game, each player – normally – has only access to their own card stacks. Therefore, each player determines which cards they want to build or play during the game.
Read the official Tournament Game rules
For all those who don't dare to assemble their own deck yet, we have published some sample decks by Dr. Reiner Düren. You may choose these decks at the beginning of the game.