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The Ultimate Accessory for
the Settlers of Catan
Our Price: $71.99

Product Code: VAGABOND_FOR_SETTLERS_OF_CATAN

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THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORY FOR THE SETTLERS OF CATAN

 

This deluxe gaming surface and storage case:
  • Facilitates game set-up by aligning hexagonal tiles quickly
  • Prevents game pieces from shifting during the game
  • Allows you play on small or uneven surfaces
  • Allows games in progress to be easily moved or set aside for later
  • Accommodates 5 to 6 player games, including the Seafarers expansion
  • Allows you to create large, custom game layouts
  • Stores all your pieces in one convenient place – even if you have multiple expansions
  • Makes it easy to transport your game

Includes:

  • Deluxe carrying case and gaming surface
  • 4 card trays that hold four stacks each
 

The Vagabond is compatible with Mayfair editions 3 and 4 –
and the 5-6 player expansion, Seafarers, and Cities & Knights.

·        Fits hexagonal tiles that measure 3inches across

·        Card trays hold cards that are 2inches wide 

 
 
The Vagabond holds 67 hexagonal tiles – or put two boards
together to create a massive game with 143 tiles!
 
* game pieces sold separately *
 
 
Dimensions: 23.5” X 19.6” X 2.5”
Weight: 4 lbs.
Material: Recyclable Plastic


Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Still Shipping February 23, 2014
Reviewer: Pat from Vancouver, Canada  
I placed an order in December and have not received the board or any notification of shipping. I would still love to get this board!!! (my credit card company did charge me.) Please contact me so we can work this out!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
vegabond January 5, 2013
Reviewer: wade ballinger from cuyahoga falls, OH United States  
This thing is great, plenty of room. Got it in a timley mannor. And to address the reviewer that thought it was weird that the clasps going opposite ways, it is because this is a single casting clamshelled. Thanks for a great product.

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  11 of 11 people found the following review helpful:
 
Video Review on YouTube December 1, 2011
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
<DIV>Click on link below to watch video review of the Vagabond on YouTube. 4.5/5 Stars.</DIV>
<DIV><A href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvrV5g7Qg0">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvrV5g7Qg0</A></DIV>

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  10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
 
A key part of my Catan collection June 26, 2011
Reviewer: Mike R. from California  
1. The form factor: When you first see the Vagabond, it’s clearly a case – like a thin, wide briefcase.  The handle is comfortable in your hand, even with multiple expansions loaded inside.  If you never take your Settlers of Catan outside of your home, you won’t care much about making it easily transportable, but I have several groups of friends I play with, and so I take my games with me.  The Vagabond makes travelling with the game much easier.  Rather than stacking my boxes one on top of another, and having them slide around in my car or in my arms, I have loaded all my game pieces into the Vagabond.  There are two latches on the top, which close securely and keep the pieces inside.  The case material is strong and durable, and will clearly last a long time.  The surface is smooth but not shiny.  The color is a light, off-white creamy color that nearly matches the color on the outside of the hex tiles.

PROS:
* large enough to store all my pieces from all my expansions
* easy to carry
* protects pieces / is durable

CONS:
* slightly too big for my normal game closet
* color would not have been my first choice

2. Inside: When you open the case, the first thing you’ll notice is the four card trays that nest inside four compartments.  Each card tray holds four stacks of cards.  I don’t have 16 different types of cards, and I don’t know what the extra slots are used for, but I guess the extra space can’t hurt.  The cards fit snugly in the trays but slide out easily.  On the “bottom” of the card trays, the hexagonal pattern from the outside of the case is repeated.  When we played Cities and Knights, we flipped over one of the extra card trays and placed it next to the board to accommodate the “barbarian attack” double hexagon.  The other thing you’ll notice about the inside of the case is the layout of the compartments.  In addition to the compartments for the card trays, in the middle there is room for the rule books – and Das Buch, if you happen to have it.  There’s also room for four stacks of hexagons, with dividers to keep them in place.  Finally, there are various small compartments for the other pieces and dice.  As I said, I store all my pieces and still have room to spare.

PROS:
* includes four card trays – for up to 16 different stacks of cards
* has places for rule books, Das Buch, hex tiles, and other game pieces

CONS:
* does not include trays or bags for the roads, settlements, cities, etc.
* latches open in opposite directions – one up and the other down, which is kinda weird

3. A playing surface: When you open the case, it unfolds to become a playing surface that holds the hex tiles and roads.  I didn’t think this was a big deal until we played a game.  Set up was quicker, and the game play was smoother because we never spent time putting the game back together after an “earthquake of Catan.”  The regular spacing of the tiles and the way they stay together gives the game a sturdiness you really lack with just the original tiles.  It’s hard to explain, but it really makes the game better.  Now we never play without it.  Our group also likes to play the 5-6 player version of Seafarers, which the Vagabond accommodates – in addition to other large custom setups we devise on our own.  Finally, although we typically finish a game in one sitting, playing straight through, one time we had to move one of our large games after we had started.  It was amazingly simple with the Vagabond.  We just picked up the two ends and moved to a new location within seconds.  Without the Vagabond, moving our 6-player game would have probably taken 10-15 minutes, and we might have put the pieces in the wrong places.

PROS:
* stable / sturdy playing surface
* pieces stay put if someone bumps the table
* easy to set up and/or move games
* big enough for 5-6 player Seafarers

CONS:
* rectangular, rather than square – cannot create a “wide” custom set up
* a bit big for a plain vanilla 3-4 player game

All in all, this product is a very valuable addition to my growing Settlers of Catan collection.  While I can see little things to criticize – like the color or the fact that latches go in opposite directions – I think the product is great overall.  The Vagabond is now an integral part of our Settlers of Catan ritual.

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