Catan Scenarios: Helpers of Catan – a mini-expansion for Catan that's compatible with Catan: Seafarers and both Catan: 5-6 Player Extension and Catan: Seafarers – 5-6 Player Extension – consists of ten character cards, each of which has a different special ability that the player can use once or twice before trading for another.
If you have played the PC/Mac game Catan – Cities & Knights or the latest release, Catan – Creator's Edition, you have met the Helpers of Catan as computer opponents: good-natured Marianne, conceited Sean, or brazen pirate Jean. Perhaps you have chafed at some of the helpers, because the computer opponents are quite strong and sometimes give even seasoned Catan players a hard time settling.
In the new, small expansion Catan Scenarios: Helpers of Catan, Marianne, Sean & Co. are no longer your opponents but help and support you and the other players while playing Catan sitting around the table. With the helpers the base game becomes even more diverse.
For example, Marianne lets you take any one resource card if you rolled something other than a 7, but didn't get resources from that roll. As each player builds her second settlement, she takes a specific card based on player order, with approximate utility increasing to help combat earlier player advantage. A player must use her card's ability before she may turn it in, but she may choose which card to take, adding a level of strategy.