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When playing the road building card, can a settlement be built between a free road and a free ship?

No, it cannot. From the official Catan FAQ: Development Cards – Progress – Road Building - May I use a Road Building card to build 1 road and 1 ship? Yes. You must build them one after ...
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Is it possible for a person to lose "Pirate Islands" Seafarers scenario before the game even starts?

This is a problem with this scenario in its current form. Sebastian Rapp, Catan's Product Manager, suggests lowering the points required to 8 since the point of this scenario is more to build ships ...
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Who gets the 2 bonus victory points for reaching a new island?

Generally speaking, no points are granted for expanding to an island. That said, some of the scenarios have a special rule that grant points for expanding to an island. For example, scenarios 1, 4, ...
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Catan : how to play with extension 5-6 players when we are less than 5?

The 5-6 player extentions contains tiles, number fiches and additional playing pieces so there is enough to play with more players. It contains scenario's for 5 and 6 players. You can play with 3 ...
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What are the primary enhancements Cities and Knights and Seafarer's add on to the original Settler's of Catan?

Opinions will always vary, but what I think one can objectively say is that Cities & Knights adds more complexity and variation to the game as it adds several new dimensions: new resource types, ...
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What are the rules updates for Catan in the 5th edition? Are there any?

Changes to the base game The biggest change in the base game is that the name has switched from "Settlers of Catan" to just "Catan". They've also updated the art (citation). Changes to seafarers ...
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Seafarers of Catan fog scenario question

You should reveal the hex tile when you first build a ship that reaches it; you don't wait until you are building a settlement. From the rules: When a ship (or a road) is connected to an ...
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Are you able to build a settlement from a separate ship?

Boats are like roads with a few exceptions: they must border at least on one side to water. they require wood and sheep to build. you can pivot the last ship in a row of ships (but it needs to stay ...
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Seafarers: The Fog Island -- discovering hexes with the Road Building Development Card

There is a clear distinction between placing and building. The road building card says you place them as though they are just built. The hex exploration is triggered by placement, not by building. So ...
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Building settlements over the sea

It's pretty obviously NO. Page 2 of the rules - Except where noted below, Catan: Seafarers uses the same rules as The Settlers of Catan On page 4 Shipping routes act as roads across water ...
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When can you start using the Pirate in Catan Cities and Knights / Seafarers?

From the rules to Sefarers, page 6: If you roll a "7" during your turn, you may elect to move the pirate INSTEAD of the robber. From the Cities and Knights rules, page 5: The robber cannot be ...
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In catan seafarers, does using a knight on a pirate ship give you double resources?

No, the pirate ship acts in the same way that the robber does, allowing you to steal 1 resource. Playing a Knight card by itself does not allow you to steal a resource from a player. Playing a Knight ...
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When playing the road building card, can a settlement be built between a free road and a free ship?

The original German (I've the first German edition) uses the word sofort meaning immediately so from that I'd say no. Later and American/English versions may differ. However, under what ...
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Where can I find new map ideas for Settlers of Catan Seafarers?

There are no official "sequels" but there is some stuff you can find online. CatanMaps.com is the largest library that I've found. They have about 50 Catan maps or scenarios (mostly for Seafarers), ...
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Chit assignment in Catan: Seafarers, Scenario 8: The Wonders of Catan?

It looks like you're mixing two things up. The Chits in this scenario are not the same chits as the victory points ones. I don't have the material at hand, but you could use something completely ...
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Does a player rolling a 7 have to discard half their cards if they have more than 7?

Yes, every player, including yourself / the player who rolled the 7. From the rules: every player who has more than 7 resource cards must select half... With SeaFarers, you can choose to move the ...
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Are you able to build a settlement from a separate ship?

You need to create a full shipping line. If you want to move a ship, you have to place it so that it is attached to another ship, or to a city or settlement. You can never reach another island with ...
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Does the Pirate stop fish production when playing Seafarers with Fishermen of Catan?

In terms of Settlers expansion combinations, the catan official website really is a one-stop-shop. They have a combination listing for Seafarers and Fishermen, here. It says a few things about fishing ...
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Building settlements in Seafarer

If you are on land, you can build settlements separated by (at least) two roads. If you want to go to another island, you should build a "road of" boats from a settlement. Until you reach land where ...
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Does Catan expansion edition have to match base game edition?

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: ...
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What are the rules updates for Catan in the 5th edition? Are there any?

One clarification of the rules regards moving ships. In the 4th edition Seafarers Rulebook, there was a poor translation which made some people think that you could not ever move the ship that is ...
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What are the primary enhancements Cities and Knights and Seafarer's add on to the original Settler's of Catan?

The tradeoffs are often the usual case... with more complexity, there's a higher learning curve, and all other factors being equal, the game takes longer. However, you do get more depth, strategies, ...
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Catan: Can I move my boat in the first round of the game?

You can move a ship in the first round of the game. The setup step is something that happens before the first turn of the game begins; it doesn't happen "during a turn". There's no ...
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Seafarers Pirate island - Am I OBLIGED to attack when reaching pirate fortress?

As written in these rules (pdf) and these rules (plain html) (and as you note in your question), it's optional. And also note you can't attack "as soon as you arrive" but rather at the end ...
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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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With both Seafarers and Cities & Knights expansions, how many victory points should I play to?

I have played with both these expansions ever since I started playing. We have always played to 13 victory points and it has worked very well.
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How do you place your initial settlements in Settlers of Catan?

I consider these in the following order, mostly because those listed first are more obvious and easier to assess: resources production rates spacing / room to expand resource conversion potential at ...
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Catan Seafarers discovery question

From p12 of the rules (emphasis added), If you place a ship or road that connects to the intersection of an unexplored hex, you must immediately draw the top hex from the pile and place it face up ...
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Mainland production numbers go to new islands (Settlers of Catan app)

The rules are given at Catan Maps (and I believe somewhere in app, but I don't have it installed at the moment): After setting up the board as shown, set aside the following four number tokens, ...
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Catan Seafarers Bonus points when you build a new settlement on a new island in certain scenarios

You get the two bonus points for the first build on the island. If you change the settlement to a city, it is not the first build anymore. So you keep the bonus points for the settlement.
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