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Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the "Commercial Harbor" Progress Card

In a tournament, player D may get away with it; but he definitely wouldn’t at my house, or during any games I’ve played with friends. In a game that involves open negotiation and trade, intent is an ...
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Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the "Commercial Harbor" Progress Card

TL;DR I agree with player D's interpretation, but it's not clearly enough worded to be enforceable without prior agreement from other players. In a casual setting I would have agreed the ...
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Can you play a Progress Card even when you get nothing from it?

It appears the FAQ addresses this kind of situation, and the answer is no. See question number 3 on this page of official catan FAQ: Progress Cards: General - May I play a Progress Card if playing it ...
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Catan Road Eligibility for Diplomat with Knight In Between?

Oddly this is clarified in the FAQ under When is a ship “open”? The full answer is that a knight will interrupt a continuous road, but will not make the road "open", while this is a slightly ...
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Catan - Rules Lawyering the behavior of the "Commercial Harbor" Progress Card

In general, depending on how well you pay attention to the game and the rolls of dice, you can know almost all cards a player has or at the very least get a good impression of it. Since commodity ...
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Can you play a Progress Card even when you get nothing from it?

Yes, you can do this. None of the Progress Cards have prerequisites that must be fulfilled. The rules do not give any limit on playing a Progress Card that's related to whether or not the Progress ...
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Using the Deserter card in Catan Cities & Knights after realizing you can't place a knight instead

It is technically not legal; but how to handle this situation will depend largely on your playgroup’s style and friendliness. Playing the Deserter card when you don’t have a space to place your new ...
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Aqueduct - right or duty?

'May' is optional It is pretty much universal among board games that if the game says you 'may' take an action, that action is optional. If the word 'may' is not present, the action is usually ...
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Can you chase away the robber if your knight is not active at the beginning of your turn?

No. According to the rules, A knight may not be activated and then perform an action on the same turn.
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Catan - Cities & Knights - Barbarian Attack

One ignores players with no cities when determining who loses a city, so Player A must convert one of their cities into a settlement. If the barbarians are stronger, they are victorious! If the ...
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Barbarian attack In Catan - Cities and Knights

Players 1, 2, and 3 will each have 1 city pillaged. You say that players 2 and 3 are protected, but this is not correct. It doesn't matter if an individual player has as many knights as they do cities....
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Can I steal from a city with a city wall?

Yes, you can steal from a player even if he has a city wall. The rules make no mention of a city wall having any effect on stealing from a player when the robber is moved. As you said, the only thing ...
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Catan Cities and Knights: Aqueduct and The Robber

Yes. The rules text for Aqueduct is If, when the dice are rolled for production, you do not receive any resources or commodities, you may take any one resource of your choice from the bank. You may ...
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Which city is destroyed if there are 2+ to choose from?

You're right, the rules only state that the player loses one of thier cities but not how to determine which city. However, the mobile app comes in handy. I created the same conditions as you ...
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What happens if you roll a 7 before the barbarians reach the island?

The English rules are correct; you still must discard half your hand if you are holding too many cards. You can find the latest edition of the rulebook on catan.com here. It says; The robber cannot ...
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Who decides which metropolis to steal?

It is not explicitly stated in the rules. A large Catan faq (German only) argues that, because the rules don't distinguish between metropoles from different branches, the player who owns them may ...
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Settlers of Catan: Cities and Knights - Rule Clarificarions

Correct, you cannot upgrade to another level 4 unless you first build another city. From the FAQ: City Improvements and Metropolises - May I upgrade a city to 2 metropolises at the same time? ...
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Resource Monopoly when player only has one of the named resource

They must give the one they have. This is covered by the rules. Resource Monopoly Name a resource. Each player must give you 2 of that type of resource if they have them. You may name any of the 5 ...
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Empty bank and Aqueduct

Yes. Sebastian Rapp of Kosmos confirms on BGG: Cities & Knights: If a player has an aqueduct and is entitled to claim a resource for it, he may claim a resource that was not given to the players ...
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Can we play Conquerers if we don't have Cities and Knights?

No. There is not THIS IS A SCENARIO FOR THE CATAN CITIES AND KNIGHTS BOARD GAME EXPANSION: In order to play with this Scenario, you will need the following 2 Games: CATAN Base Game and CATAN Cities ...
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Catan: Cities and Knights- barbarian attack with a differential of 2

When the barbarians attack, they assume the strength of the total number of cities. Then we look at the total points of active knights on the board. When the knight points equal or surpass the ...
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Phases order in "Catan: Cities & Knights"

Yes, you can take the same kind of action at multiple points in your turn. The relevant rule is: You may do any or all of the following in any order: – Trade resources and/or commodities with the ...
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Barbarian Attack : Catan Cities & Knights

No, only the player(s) who contributed the least will lose a city. Players 3 and 4 are tied for the least, so they each lose one. If the barbarians are stronger, they are victorious! If the ...
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White token in Catan cities and knights

It's a spare piece. Usually these kinds of tokens are printed on a sheet of cardboard that's big enough to fit in the game box, and if there's a bit of extra space then a few extra things might be put ...
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Can you collect a resource of your choice if you have no production due to the robber?

Yes, you may use the ability if the robber prevented your production. The answer from the latest version of the Cities and Knights rulebook seems very clear: Aqueduct (green): If, when the dice are ...
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With both Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, how many victory points should I play to?

Some of the links in other answers are obsolete; the re-designed Catan website now has a whole section for combining expansions, including the following under Combining Seafarers with "Cities &...
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Can I build a strong knight with Deserter if the victim removes a mighty knight?

No. The rules say you may build a mighty knight, a basic knight if you have no mighty knights available, or nothing at all if you have neither mighty knights nor basic knights.
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Catan: Cities and Knights: "Using" progress cards to get them out of your hand

I agree: the rules don't prohibit you from playing cards simply because it will have no effect. Online or app versions that prevent you from doing so are programmed incorrectly. As you suggest, there ...
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Can I steal from a city with a city wall?

If your game has the "friendly robber" option selected, then you're not allowed to steal from anyone until they have more victory points than at the start of the game.
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Catan cities and knights 2 player variation

Looking at rules here it says As is customary, each player rolls the dice two times when beginning his turn; for this, all three dice from C&K are used (white die / red die / Event Die). If the ...
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