Explorer Pirates Scenario Fish for Catan

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Scenario: Fish for Catan

The Excitement and Strategy of Fish for Catan

Hey there! Have you ever played Fish for Catan? If not, let me tell you about it. This game is all about fishing and trading, and it’s super fun!

When you play Fish for Catan, you get to be in charge of your own fishing fleet. You’ll explore the waters, catch fish, and trade them to build up your settlement. It’s a game that combines luck and strategy, so you’ll need to think carefully about your moves. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and have a blast at the same time.

Understanding the Game Elements

Let’s dive into the game elements a bit. Fish for Catan comes with a game board that represents the waters surrounding Catan. You’ll also have a fleet of fishing boats and a deck of catch cards. Each catch card shows a combination of fish that you can catch.

Here’s how the game works: you start your turn by exploring one of the ocean tiles. You’ll reveal a catch card, which shows you the fish you can catch in that area. Then, you use your fishing boats to collect those fish. The more fish you catch, the more resources you’ll have to trade.

The trading aspect of the game is where the real strategy comes in. You can use your resources to build new boats, upgrade your settlement, or even steal fish from other players. The goal is to collect enough resources to become the top fish trader in Catan.

Choosing the Right Strategy

Now that you understand the basics, it’s time to think about your strategy. There are a few different paths you can take in Fish for Catan, and it’s important to choose the one that suits you best.

If you’re a risk-taker, you might choose to focus on exploring new tiles and catching rare fish. This way, you’ll have a chance to make a big trade and get ahead of your opponents. On the other hand, if you prefer a more steady approach, you can stick to catching common fish and trading them regularly.

Remember, the key to success in Fish for Catan is to adapt your strategy as the game progresses. Pay attention to what your opponents are doing and adjust your moves accordingly. By staying flexible and taking advantage of opportunities, you’ll increase your chances of winning.


Fish for Catan is a game that brings together the excitement of fishing with the thrill of trading. It’s a game that challenges you to think strategically and make smart decisions. Whether you’re a seasoned player or new to the world of board games, Fish for Catan is definitely worth a try. So gather your friends, set sail, and let the fishing adventure begin!

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Hey there! Let’s dive into a fun game scenario that combines the “Pirate Lairs” and “Fish for Catan” missions.

Getting Started

Setting Up the Game Board

If you’ve already set up the “Pirate Lairs” board, start by removing the starting island, green moon, and orange sun hexes. Set them aside in separate piles. Replace the D1 sea hex with the D2 “Council of Catan” hex. If you haven’t set up the board yet, follow the example below to build the frame.

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Let’s Get Started: The Starting Island

First things first, we need to create the starting island. To do this, we’ll shuffle the terrain hexes that we’ve chosen and place them randomly in the designated area. Make sure the terrain side is facing up so we can see what we’re working with.

Once the hexes are in place, it’s time to add the number tokens. These tokens play an important role in the game, so let’s follow the example to make sure we get it right.

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Discovering the Unknown

I’m going to show you how to explore new areas! First, I need to remove a couple of hexes. Let’s take out 2 green moon-backed sea hexes and 2 orange sun-backed sea hexes from the regular ones.

Now I have 11 green moon-backed hexes. Some are standard, some are pirate lairs, and some are fish shoals. I’m going to shuffle them all together. Don’t peek at the front side of the fish shoal hexes. Let’s place these shuffled hexes, green moon side facing up, in the northern unexplored area.

Next, I have 11 orange sun-backed hexes. Again, some are standard, some are pirate lairs, and some are fish shoals. I’m going to shuffle them too. No need to look at the fish shoal hexes this time. Let’s place these shuffled hexes, orange sun side facing up, in the southern unexplored area.

Now, let’s put the unused fish shoal and pirate lair hexes back into their bags. Don’t peek at them, just drop them in!

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Getting Ready

Let’s start by gathering everything we need.

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Let’s set up the game by placing the “Pirate Lairs” and “Fish for Catan” mission cards, along with their corresponding VP cards, next to the game board. Each player will place one of their markers on the “S” space of the mission cards.

Now, let’s shuffle the 6 pirate lair tokens and place them face down in a stack beside the game board.

Lastly, place the 6 fish hauls beside the game board.

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Welcome to the Council of Catan!

I am here to tell you about the Council of Catan, which is located on an island stronghold just off the eastern shore of the starting island. It’s a pretty cool place, I must say. This island is considered a sea hex, meaning no roads can be built on the five edges that border other sea hexes. So, keep that in mind when planning your strategy.

Now, let’s talk about settlements and harbor settlements. You won’t be able to build them on the four sea-only intersections. However, you can totally build on the edges and intersections that border the starting island. Oh, and one more thing: you can’t place a pirate ship on this hex because it borders the starting island. Safety first, you know!

The Exciting Missions

Are you ready for some adventure? I have a mission for you: “Pirate Lairs”. It’s the first mission, and you’ll use all the game rules that we’ll explain to you. Get ready to explore and conquer!

Let me tell you about Mission 2 “Fish for Catan”. The Council of Catan wants to make sure everyone has enough food, so they send us players to an area full of fish. Our job is to find the fish and catch as many as we can. Once we’ve got a good haul, we need to bring them back to the docks on the Council’s island stronghold. It’s an important mission because it helps make sure no one goes hungry!

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Exploring the Mysterious Fish Shoal Hex

Hey there! If you stumble upon a fish shoal hex, you’re in for a treat – you’ll instantly receive 2 gold! Now, these hexes not only have fish but also a number that depends on a lucky dice roll (ranging from 1 to 6).

Rolling the Dice for a Chance at a Fish Haul

When it’s your turn to move, you have the option to roll the dice and attempt to place a fish haul on one of the discovered fish shoal hexes. You can either roll the dice before or after moving one of your ships, but please don’t interrupt a ship’s journey just to roll the dice – it’s not allowed. And remember, you only get one chance to roll the dice during your turn!

Here’s how it works: roll 1 die and check if the result matches any of the discovered fish shoal hexes. If it does, grab 1 fish haul from the supply and carefully place it on the matching hex. However, there are a couple of rules to keep in mind – you’re not allowed to place a fish haul on a fish shoal hex if:

  • Another fish haul is already on that hex, or

Capturing the Treasure: Fishing for Adventure

Arrr, matey! Avast ye and listen well, for I have a tale of daring and treasure to share with ye. It all begins on the high seas, where a pirate ship sails upon the mystical, hexagonal waters.

Now, pay heed, me hearties! In this perilous journey, we be seekin’ the elusive fish shoals that hold great riches in their depths. But be warned, the waters be treacherous, and the winds may blow against us.

When ye roll the bones and the numbers align, ye shall uncover a fish shoal hex. But take heed, for if the shoals be depleted, ye roll shall be in vain. No fish haul shall be placed upon the ship’s deck.

The Hunt Begins: Reelin’ in the Fish Haul

Ah, but fear not! If ye spy a fish shoal hex and one of yer mighty ships points towards it (example A), then ye’ve struck gold! Plunder the fish haul from the depths and load it onto yer ship (example B).

Arr, a fish haul be a precious prize indeed! It fills yer ship’s hold and ye cannae load more plunder until ye’ve delivered the haul to safety.

But if ye’ve captured a haul and ye ship still has wind in its sails, fear not! Ye may continue yer journey across the treacherous seas, brave and true.

So, me fellow adventurers, follow these tales of old and pursue the path of the pirate. Seek out the fish shoals, hoist the haul upon yer ship, and let the wind carry ye to victory. May fortune smile upon ye as ye conquer the bountiful seas!

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Catching and Delivering Fish

Hey there! So, on this cool little island called Catan, we’ve got this thing called the Council. They’ve set up two harbors where you can drop off the fish you catch (you’ll see little anchor symbols to show you where they are). If your ship has one end pointing towards either of these harbors, you can unload your fish there.

If you want to get rid of your fish haul, just bring it back to the supply and move your marker ahead by one space on the “Fish for Catan” mission card.

Oh, and by the way, if you still have movement points left for your ship after you catch or unload your fish haul, you can keep on moving your ship!

Pirates Love Fish Too

Arr, matey! Watch out for those pesky pirates! If they ever show up on a hex with a fish haul, they’ll take it away and put it back in the supply. But don’t worry, the pirates won’t steal the fish from other ships that are next to them and loaded with fish hauls.

The End Game

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