|Number of Game Players||5|
|Number of Pieces||1|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||25 November 2014|
|Mfg Recommended age||7 - 99 years|
|Item Model Number||ZM7810|
|Product Dimensions||6.68 x 19.05 x 27.31 cm|
Carcassonne Board Game
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- A clever, tile-based board game
- Designed by Klaus Jurgen-Wrede
- Perfect for 2-5 players
- Standard game duration 30-45 minutes
- Suitable for children's 7 years and above
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Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players fill in the countryside around the fortified city. Players choose from tiles that depict cities, roads, monasteries and fields; each new tile placed creates an ever-expanding board on which players can then add their followers. Players score points by having followers on features as they're completed. The player who makes the most strategic placements of tiles and followers will score the most points and win the game.
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Inspired by the medieval fortress in southern France of the same name, Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players fill in the countryside around the fortified city.
Followers can take many different roles determined by the type of tile on which they're placed:
Each role scores points differently, so you'll need careful planning to make the best use of your followers.
For example, thieves are placed on roads, and score one point for every tile making up that road.
With its simple yet rich game mechanics and tiles that can be configured into numerous combinations, Carcassonne appeals to beginners and veteran gamers alike.
Players choose from tiles that depict:
Each new tile placed creates an ever-expanding board on which players can then add their followers.
As the map grows, so does the opportunity for players to disrupt each other’s plans. Everyone is adding to the same map and only one follower can be on any given feature at a time—so if you don’t place a follower on something, someone else probably will.
Players score points by having followers on features as they're completed. The player who makes the most strategic placements of tiles and followers will score the most points and win the game.
Whether blocking a city's growth or connecting with your opponent’s road to share the points, Carcassonne provides plenty of ways to use your cunning and outsmart your opponents.
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The river expansion does not add much but makes the board look better.
Get it and enjoy with the family ages ten and up I would think.
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However, the reason for the 3 star review is because of the quality of the tiles. Otherwise it would be a solid 5.
My game came with very poorly cut tiles, so when you lay them on the table the roads, cities, etc. do not match by an offset if several mm, giving it a very irritating look. Check the photos to see what I'm talking about.
I'm not sure if this qualifies to have another one sent...
I've been playing the app for several months now and couldn't resist the price drop of £15. I'd been watching the big boxes with more expansions included, but this offer was too good to resist.
In the box are the cardboard land tiles. In this set that's 84 ordinary tiles and 12 river tiles. Five sets of wooden meeples and an abbot meeple. Finally a scoreboard, that one meeple travels along to record your score, as you complete cities, roads and monasteries.
The game itself is very simple to play. You lay land tiles and choose to lay a meeple or not on one of it's component - field, road, city or monastery. They all have a slightly different scoring system, but if you complete them during the game you get points, if you don't complete, you still get points at the end scoring. The tactics and strategy involved can be complex, giving a 'simple' game a lot of depth.
It plays well with two players, but you can play with up to five. My six year old loves it, as it's simple enough for her to play .
The graphics and quality of the components is good. The rulebook is well laid out, with plenty of graphics and a good explanations
The only component I'm slightly disappointed in, is the scpre baord. I'd prefer it go higher than 49.
If you've never played before I'd recommend watching some of the You Tube videos's people have made about Carcassonne. There are plenty of reviews, game run throughs and rules explanations. Watching these can help learn the rules quicker and give you ideas on strategies to adopt etc.
This changes the game-play just enough to make it interesting, but not so much that it feels like a new game, and adds around 15/20 minutes to the game play.
The large meeples are great fun - they count as 2 meeples but are otherwise used as normal. There is a full set of pink meeples, including a large meeple and an abbot, to allow for an extra player. Finally, there are some points tiles, which have a 50 on one side and 100 on the other. This helps keep track of score when we score round the board.
This works well as a 2 person game, and with more players.
He's right - it's just perfect.
It's a competitive game but at the same time it's really relaxing - the "board" grows organically as you place your tiles and claim points for cities, roads and monasteries you are building - the tile design is wonderful.
The set I bought has 2 expansions and the River is a really nice addition adding additional size to the map.
You do need a reasonable sized of table to play on though.
I could not recommend this game highly enough - my wife even likes it!
Gameplay averages 30-45 minutes, depending on how much thought and strategy you put into it, which is about the perfect balance between being involved and not being so long that you get bored and distracted.
Definitely for older children and above - and only the patient kids too, as it does require concentration and patience while other players think, and take their turn.
This version had two of the xp (Rivers and Abbott) which add some variety as you learn the game and become better.
I don't find the game overly exciting, or tense, or even super strategic and it suffers a little bit from not being as exciting as some more modern games. What it does well is be a nice middle ground between really basic games, and more strategic games. It's a good filler, and doesn't take too long to finish a game.
The core mechanics are so simple anyone can be taught to play in a few minutes, and regardless of experience, can have a reasonably successful game. The new edition includes two 'mini-expansions' that really spice things up, you can use either, or both. I'm not going to go into any detail, there are other reviews here that do that, as well as the product description, but it's safe to say this is an incredibly fun, easy to pick up, game for all the family. The random element of drawing tiles means every player, regardless of experience, is a sailor on the seas of fate.
You won't regret buying this game. You won't regret playing this game. And nor will your friends and family.
However, after a quick 5 minute YouTube intro (do find it - it is well worth while) we got them going and they loved it. They played for about an hour which is pretty good for the 6yo. Later times they returned in twos, threes, with a parent etc.
The best features are:
Game length is perfect for kids
The tiles are visually appealing - but the space needed is not excessive
The meeple tokens are nice too
Game play is simple to learn - but you can deepen your strategy - though there is a bit of luck involved - Good combo!
It is not too combative and has no depiction of violence of battle. That said there is a winner (and therefore losers!)
Whilst not a game to be played addictively, it is one kids return to from time to time and enjoy the fun of it!
Finally, a good price!
What could be improved - first of the instructions - they are not well written Better go to YouTube and watch someone play for a few minutes. Drawback is that it is only up to four players - no more. Also, not so much fun when just two players. Ideal for 3 or 4! There could have been some variant to the rules (e.g. like an inverse game where you aim to keep your meeple off the board rather than set them down, but it doesn't quite work!
I am being fussy - its a great game and I fully recommend it to anyone with 3 or four kids to entertain.
We usually play it four people, and it takes around one hour to complete a game. It's nice that it comes with two expansions, just to add a bit of variety after playing the base game for a while. The expansions aren't adding that much to the game, but it's just enough to keep the game interesting. Everything fits nicely inside the box, so it's not one of those games that take as long to set up as it takes to play it. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the fact that most tiles aren't properly aligned. This doesn't change the playing experience at all, but you'd expect such a popular and original game to be properly printed, aligned and cut. I'd expect this if I was buying a cheaper reprinted version of a game from China.
Having said all that, I still highly recommend this game.
It's a relatively simple game which involves you placing randomly drawn tiles to try and built out features which make you points. The rules are easy, but the game can get more complex as you learn some tactics. Plus, there are supplementary packs you can buy to jazz your game up.
You can play a game in 30-40 minutes, which means it's long enough to take a break from screens, but not so long every gives up the will to live.
The tiles are all really nicely designed, so there's a nice tactile/arty side to this game too.
Winter Carcassonne - with the same rules as normal carcasonne but with some extra tiles that add some interesting twists to the game
Gingerbread Man Mini expansion.
For anyone who has not played Carcassonne I would state flat out that this is a better game than the standard game. Visually the artist used for the winter edition has done a superb job to create enjoyable and compelling art that perfectly fits with the game. Also the extra bonus tiles enhance the game play significantly but subtlety enabling more ways for battles over fields to take place and be resolved.
If you have not played carcassonne it is a great tile placing game for 2-6 players. It has a fair amount of strategy, its really quick to learn and it has the right amount of luck to ensure that everyone has a chance of winning but better strategy certainly gives you a big edge. On each go you place a tile to form part of a map with a combinations of roads, fields, chapels and cities on it. You then place a person/meeple if you wish on either the road, farm, chapel or city. Its a point scoring game and some points are scored during the game and others at the end.
The Gingerbread Man Mini Expansion is a lot of fun and it adds more variety to the game than most other expansions available for the standard game. It does both increase the luck factor and create a wide range of interesting strategic possibilities that take a while to see how best to exploit.
The biggest advantage of getting the standard game instead of this is that there are many expansions for the main game that can add a lot of variety and diversity to the game. Whilst this is true in Winter Carcasonne you get a full game with one of the best expansions for the price of a standard expansion and you can actually use the expansions with winter carcasonne.
With the first expansion (Inns and Cathedrals) you can certainly use the large Meeple expansion and the scoring tokens just as easily as with the main expansion although using the other parts of the expansion and most of the other expansions would require you to be ok with artistic inconsistencies such as it being winter on one tile and not on the next. With the second large expansion the builder and pig work really well with the winter game even if the other elements of that expansion run into the same artistic inconsistencies mentioned.
The game is one of the few games of this type that is just as good with 2 players as 3 or 4. There is plenty of depth in the standard winter edition, particularly if you use the gingerbread mini expansion but this also makes an excellent entrance point into all the different games that can be played with the expansions, even if you decide to get the standard carcasonne game afterwards to fully take advantage of them.
The new tiles introduce new features, enabling you to remove meeples from cities, or to deploy meeples to *any* unoccupied tile on the board.
My set was purchased from Zatu games, who provided excellent service, a well packaged product and a timely delivery.