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Makes Settlers of Catan lots of fun to play for experienced players. Otherwise, I find Settlers kinda dull (unless I'm teaching the original game to new players). The entire Catan series is still one of my favorites.
Significantly more strategic than regular Settlers and more fun. There are more resources and more choices about what to build. Being in the lead can be very detrimental as people have very tangible ways to hault your progress rather than just not trading with you.
A friend from church got this around the beginning of March 2005 and I've gladly been playing it fortnightly or so since, even though I seem to only win one game in ten. Two years on from first plays and I've played less than indicated above but, on the other hand, I'm winning more often. Still my favourite way to play Settlers. All my plays of this are being recorded at 0.1 plays, concurrent with each play (1) of the base game.
Makes Catan more strategic, but lengthens the game. I enjoy it more than the base game, but people who like Catan don't usually want the game to be longer, and other people usually want something with more direct interaction for 3 hour games.
This is an excellent expansion pack to an excellent game. The "Cities" half of the expansion pack introduces a new method of drawing cards and new resources and victory points to chase after. It also makes it so Cities are differentiable from two Settlements in the same vertex, which had bothered me in the base game. The "Knights" half of the game is less impressive, but still a worthwhile addition.