Before you invite your trusted friends or unsuspecting enemies over to play, we suggest that you read over these “game rules.” This simplified rule sheet should only take 3 minutes to read so you can enjoy your new game faster than ever. Happy playing!
– Klaus Teuber
- 19 terrain hexes (tiles)
- 16 cities
- 6 Italian stiletto switchblades
- 95 Resource Cards
- 25 Development Cards
- 1 Active Hand Grenade ™
- 4 “Building Cost” Cards
- 2 Special Cards
Setting Up the Game
Select a color and take your 5 settlements, 4 cities, 15 roads, and your Italian stiletto switchblade. Place your 2 roads and your 2 settlements on the game board. Place your remaining settlements, roads, and cities down in front of you. Give the Active Hand Grenade ™ to the weakest player and keep your stiletto hidden from view at all times.
In Bloodbath Expansion, the player with high highest active kill count goes first. If more than one player has the same highest kill count, instead allow the weakest player to go first.
On your turn, you can do the following in the order listed:
- You must roll for resource production.
- You may trade resources with other players.
- You may attack another player using your Italian stiletto switchblade if he or she refuses to trade.
- You may use the Active Hand Grenade ™ if it is in your possession.
- You may build roads, settlements, or cities and/or buy Development Cards. You may also play one Development Card at any time during your turn.
Ending the Game
If you have 10 or more victory points during your turn or are the last player alive the game ends and you are the winner!
Example of Play # 1
Player 1 is currently behind and lacking the grain and ore resources preventing him from building as quickly as the other players. The game is currently in the middle stage.
Player 1 rolls an 8 and collects 2 wood resource cards.
Player 1 then attempts to trade his wood resources for Player 2’s grain or ore resources. Player 2 refuses to trade even though he is the only player who has a surplus of both grain and ore.
Player 1 calmly accepts Player 2’s rejection and begins thinking of another trade while Player 2 sits smugly in his chair, happy with his monopoly on grain and ore resources.
Player 1, with the quickness of a jackrabbit in heat, lunges across the table with his Italian stiletto and stabs Player 2 in the neck.
Players 3, 4, 5, and 6 move quickly away from the table – they want nothing to do with this shit.
“Give me all your ore!” shouts Player 1, careful not to be greedy and take Player 2’s life (and with it all his resources).
Player 2 accepts the trade – all of his ore resources in exchange for his life.
Player 1 then uses his resource cards to build 1 city before completing his turn.
Example of Play # 2
Player 1 is far behind and lacks the points to come back for a sweeping victory. Player 4 and Player 6 are both laying on the floor in a pool of their own blood after refusing a simple 2-stone-for-2-wood trade. The game is currently in the late stage.
Player 1 rolls a 5 and collects 1 grain resource card.
Players 2, 3 and 5 scan the board to see if they can collect any resources as Player 1 surreptitiously leans over to Player 4’s body and collects the Active Hand Grenade ™ from his front pocket (Player 4 was the weakest player and thus was given the grenade at the beginning of the game).
Player 1 asks to trade 3 grain for 2 wood from Player 2, who refuses the trade.
Player 5 becomes visibly angry. “That’s bullshit,” he says, brandishing his stiletto in the face of Player 2, “you haven’t traded any of your wood all game!” *
Player 1, with his hands under the table, removes the safety pin from the Active Hand Grenade ™ and releases the safety lever. He slowly backs away from the table as Players 2, 3 and 5 continue their heated argument.
Player 1 then shouts “I AM AZOR AHAI!” throwing the perfectly timed Active Hand Grenade ™ into the center of the table and diving into the adjacent room as the Active Hand Grenade ™ explodes, destroying all the remaining players.
Player 1 returns to the room and declares himself the winner.
Now you are ready for your first adventure on The Settlers of Catan: Bloodbath Expansion. Have fun settling this new land together!
*brandishing or otherwise threatening other players is perfectly permissible in Bloodbath Expansion. However, attacking an opponent out of turn is strictly forbidden and will cause the attacking player to forfeit the game immediately.