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Carcassonne


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  • A simple, clever tile laying game that brings new challenges with every turn
  • A classic euro-game
  • Simple to learn, lots of strategy
  • Average game length 60 minutes
  • For 2 to 5 players
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Technical Details
Item Weight399 g
Product Dimensions27.4 x 19 x 7.1 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model numberRGG170
Main Language(s)English, English published
Number of Game Players5
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00005UNAX
Best Sellers Rank 53,654 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight635 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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Manufacturer's Description

A clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious.

Features 72 land tiles,which picture city, road, and field segments and cloisters. Also features 40 followers in 5 colours. Each follower can be used as a knight, thief, farmer, or monk. One of each player's followers is the player's scoring marker.

Winner of the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) 2001.


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91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Sonia on 20 Nov. 2007
Format: Kitchen & Home
After playing Carcassonne once I was instantly hooked. Briefly, the game consists of the following. Players pull a tile from the deck and place it against an already present tile. If you create a new object (a city, a road, a monastery, or a farm), you can claim ownership to it. Your score depends on the items you own, whether or not they have been completed and how developed they are.

To win the game you need good strategy and luck. The rules are easy to learn, and the game can be finished within the hour so you can play it more than once in one evening.

To play the game you will need Carcassonne, the original game. There are many expansions available that can only be played with the original game. There are also variants to the original game that cannot be played with the expansions. So read the description carefully before you purchase any additional items.

When purchasing the original Carcassonne I strongly recommend that you also buy at the least the first Expansion: Inns and Cathedrals, which makes the game more challenging and with higher risks.
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139 of 141 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2004
Format: Kitchen & Home
Carcassonne is a family strategy game in which you build up a landscape of roads, cities and cloisters from a set of printed tiles.
The box suggests it is suitable for age 10 and above but it certainly didn't bore any of the adults so there is no upper limit.
It can be played by 2-5 people. Playing with 4 we found it took about 45 minutes to complete a game.
The rules are simple but for once we found it was a game that the more we played it the more we enjoyed it. The fact that you turn over a tile so everyone can see it, and then decide where to place it, allows others to help or suggest alternative courses of play - so everyone can learn the game together as they play.
Wooden "people" markers can be placed on one of the four types of landscape (fields, cities, roads or cloisters) and these people become farmers, knights, thieves or monks respectively. Scoring is based on the size of city "owned" by your knight, length of road controlled by your thief and so on.
Our set included the "river expansion" which starts the same off with some additional tiles and makes the playing area less cramped, but you'll need to make plenty of space on the dining table once you get into it!
It wins perhaps the ultimate accolate in that it distracted us from the television for most of Christmas Day and everyone was keen to resume play on Boxing Day.
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175 of 178 people found the following review helpful By "richie_abz" on 8 Dec. 2004
Format: Kitchen & Home
A friend of mine introduced me to Carcassone last year and it's spread like wildfire amongst my family & friends. The basic premise is that players take it in turn to pull map tiles out of a bag and place them like a jigsaw so that features such as roads, rivers, fields and cities grow. Any unclaimed feaure can be claimed by placing one of your characters on the tile, and you get points for each completed feature. There's a bit more strategy to it than that, but the basic game is very accessible, playable after 5 minutes rules, and the expansions really add to your options so that you can play as complex or as simple rules as you like (or as time allows).
Typically a game lasts about an hour with 5 people, and I can't recommend it strongly enough. If you're considering buying any board game, you won't go far wrong with this one.
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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful By T. Lewcock on 25 Mar. 2008
Format: Kitchen & Home
I've been playing this game now for several years, since it first came out. The game won the German Game Of The Year award, in 2001. I should point out at this point that German board games are considered to be some of the best in the world, as such this is a very high accolade, which the game very much deserves.

I believe that there are two main reasons why this game is so deserving of its Game Of The Year Award: The first of these being that the basic rules of the game are very easy to learn. The second is that despite being easy to learn the rules, mastering the game will take a bit longer, and the randomness prevents a single tactic from becoming a guaranteed win, thus maintaining a more level playing field for games consisting of both experienced and inexperienced players.

Despite being similar, every game that I have played has had a different feel to it. This, I expect, is due to the random nature of the drawing of the tiles. This randomness does not, however, impart a feeling of lack of control; each tile drawn generally has multiple options where it may be placed, a decision that rests firmly with the player.

The choice of location is part of the educational aspect of the game, that of strategy. The player must weigh up the pro's and con's of short-term or long-term gain. This requires a level of mathematical calculation, and needs to be coupled with an element of risk-taking (gambling on the tile(s) needed both being available in the future and actually being the choice of that player). Even then, it may be necessary for a player to recalculate where they wish to play the tile if it does come to them; the situation may have changed through the tactics used by the other players.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Green on 11 Mar. 2008
Format: Kitchen & Home
This is a fantastic game, truly a classic. I can play this with my family and have an hourof fun building roads, completing cities and watching a landscape unfold. I can also play it with more serious game playing adults and its a tense game of strategic tile manipulation to sabotage cities and steal points from other players' fields.

Wonderful to play, easy to explain and customisable to your taste with the array of availabe expansion sets. This is perhaps it's only weakness: it almost needs expansions after a while to keep it lively. Playing with people who can memorise the tile manifest is deeply, deeply, painful. The expansions keep the game fresh.
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