The classic board game of settlement and domination Settlers of Catan
is sliding closer to the modern era with a new expansion which adds oil springs
, 3 victory point settlements called metropolises, and cataclysmic natural disasters. The new version of the game called Catan: Oil Springs
will be hitting shelves soon, but existing players can download the rules and print out the new gamepieces right now for free.
Here's how it all works: a new resource, oil, is now available on the island of Catan. There are only three oil wells across the map, making it a limited commodity. Once harvested, oil can be exchanged for two of any other resource. Moreover, it can be used to upgrade cities to the new, higher-level metropolises. In practical terms, it means that players can advance more quickly through the game, or possibly allow other players to catch up.
However, using oil comes at a cost.