There’s a new version of the base game out now—although the box just says “Carcassonne,” there are a few differences: most apparent is the new artwork for the tiles, though the gameplay is largely the same. The main difference in gameplay is the Abbot mini-expansion, which is only available as part of this base set, so if you already own Carcassonne you’ll have to decide if it’s worth replacing your old set.
Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etcetera. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his meeples on one of the areas on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.
During a game of Carcassonne, players are faced with decisions like: "Is it really worth putting my last meeple there?" or "Should I use this tile to expand my city, or should I place it near my opponent instead, giving him a hard time to complete his project and score points?" Since players place only one tile and have the option to place one meeple on it, turns proceed quickly even if it is a game full of options and possibilities.
Year first published: 2014
Playing time: 30 - 45 minutes
Best With: 5 players
- Brand: Hans Im Gluck
- Product Code: BG010
- Availability: In Stock