I have the English fourth edition 2007 base game of Settlers of Catan. Are current editions of the expansion, specifically Catan: Seafarers English edition 2015, compatible with this base set?

  • I believe the differences are mostly in the provided rules and (depending on version) color of player tokens. It should be unproblematic to use expansions cross version
    – npst
    Apr 6, 2017 at 8:34

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When the 5th edition of Catan came out, I remember reading an official source (Catan FAQ) explaining that it would be completely backwards compatible. The only source I can find right now is this one:

The 5th edition will also be fully backwards compatible to the previous 4th edition and will feature a more cohesive art style throughout all 4th and 5th edition expansions.

It looks a bit odd though, using different editions. So at that time I decided to buy all the old sets while they were still available. It's functionally possible to combine different editions into 1 game, but not aesthetically correct :)

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