The intersections marked with a victory point symbol are new. At the beginning of the game, here you place either a CATAN chip from the Seafarers expansion or any other marker, e. g., a coin. The first player to reach a victory point intersection with a chip or marker on it by road receives that chit/marker and thus obtains a victory point.
These few rule changes add a very particular charm to the scenario.
The game map reflects the geographical features of Bavaria. The positions of the cities roughly correspond to their actual geographical position, and the distribution of the terrain hexes also corresponds to Bavaria's geography. For each city, Anette Nora Kara created an image of its landmark, and a short text informs about the landmarks' significance. During play, in a very casual fashion you'll also learn interesting facts about Bavaria and some of its cities.
The Bavaria edition can be played by 3 or 4 players. If you use the “CATAN for Two” variant, the game can also be played by 2 players.