I have an older version of The Settlers of Catan (part number 483), and an older version of The Cities and Knights of Catan (part number 494), which were purchased sometime around the late 1990s.

I recently purchased Catan: Explorers and Pirates, but the game box says "You must have The Settlers of Catan (MFG3061) in order to use this game expansion".

Can I use this newer expansion of Catan with my older versions of the base game and expansion?

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    What version/language are you talking about? The answer might differ depending on whether you're using Mayfair, or 999 Games.
    – freekvd
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 10:01
  • Good point! This is an American english edition (as far as I can tell), published by Mayfair Games.
    – James
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 17:50

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Yes. Aside from some slightly different artwork and renaming of soldiers to knights, the only difference is that the newer edition comes with a frame that has the ports printed on it. You don't need the frame, so you just play without it.

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    Although, if you want the frame (which might be important if you want to get the 5-6 player expansion sets and/or Seafarers), there is a "Pre-2007 adaptor kit" (catan.com/board-games/settlers-catan/…) you can buy that includes the frame and a few other bits and pieces.
    – ConMan
    Commented Jun 28, 2015 at 23:40

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