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Carcassonne Board Game
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Now basic Carcassonne has been around for over 10 years and is a fab game for all ages (well from 7 or 8 y.o. upwards). It is possibly one of the best "non mainstream" games out there right now (up there with Ticket to Ride Europe/Nordic and Forbidden Island/Pandemic). There are plenty of Carcassonne reviews elsewhere so I won't bore you with a repeat of them. One thing worth doing, if the game is new to you, is to watch a youtube tutorial before you play, there are 1 or 2 videos that explain the rules really well.

If you look carefully at the front of this particular Carcassonne box you will see it says "includes the Rivers" over the arch of the Castle. This means you are getting the latest 2012 Z-Man edition with 12 extra River Tiles, worth seeking out over the 'basic' game in my view. Although in late 2012 it isn't clear if the games without Rivers tiles are old stock or if there are now actually 2 variants of Carcassonne (The current Rio Grande version does not seem to have The River as far as I know).

So the good thing about this Carcassonne set (compared to the near identical looking blue box for pre-2012 Carcassonne) is the 12 River Tiles, which give you an expansion set - and so offers more variety of play right from the off. Once you get used to Carcassonne with the River, or you decide you want another expansion, then 'Inns and Cathedrals' is a really good next expansion which amends the rules a little and adds a 6th player (and can often be found for under a tenner).

One thing to be aware of, Carcassonne and the expansion sets have been available for many years and while they are all pretty much compatible, the colours can vary slightly. This can be more noticeable on the back of the tiles (this matters because most people stack the tiles face down while playing). If you find this does bother you then a tile bag is an easy solution. The (pricier) 'Traders and Builders' expansion even comes with a tile bag for that very purpose. As of late 2012 you will find Z-Man and Rio Grande expansions for Carcassonne, they (should) both contain the same stuff
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
Easy to learn but deceptively simple. Carcassonne is a great 'gateway' game that introduces players who have only known games like Monopoly to a whole new world of gaming. Probably one of the best aspects of this game is the wide appeal. You can play with your wife/husband, a younger member of the family, your parents, friends and colleagues, and the best thing is that even new players can win since there is some luck involved in which tiles you draw. Don't fall into the trap of thinking it's all luck though! The better players will win more in the long run and just when you think you've learnt all there is you can look online and discover a new strategy you hadn't thought of before. Overall, much better than watching derivative TV after dinner. The only negative thing I would say is that at the time of writing you can pick up the 10 year anniversary edition, which has a nicer presentation and a rule variant, for cheaper.

Btw, if you're interested in learning the rules of the game there are some excellent video tutorials on the internet as well as strategy guides for the more serious players.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2014
Carcassonne is a truly wonderful game. Players take it in turns to place tiles and claim features such as cities, roads, cloisters and farms by choosing whether to deploy a follower from their supply each time they place a tile. Points are awarded when claimed features are completed depending on the size and type of feature, and any followers that occupied it are returned to their owners so that they can be reused elsewhere. The game continues as such until all tiles have been placed and a unique landscape has developed as a result.

It sounds simple and it is, but it can become very tactical and competitive once you've played a few games. Farms are slightly more complicated than any of the other features but it doesn't take long to get used to them and if your games of Carcassonne are anything like mine they'll usually have descended into an all-out war for control of the most valuable farm by the end!

With a bit of knowledge of the number and configuration of available tiles it's possible to make your opponents features impossible to complete if the required tile either doesn't exist or has already been placed elsewhere. This means their follower becomes trapped and this reduces their scoring potential for the rest of the game (spouses don't like this in my experience!) It's also possible to place tiles such that features owned by different players are joined together and become a single road/ city. If more than one player has a follower in such a feature then the player with the majority of followers takes the full amount of points for that feature when the feature is closed regardless of who originally claimed it. So stealing potentially lucrative features is another great tactic and something else to consider.

To describe Carcassonne merely as a good "gateway" game is to deny it the credit it so rightly deserves. I'm partly guilty of this as I saw it this way at first and "moved on" to some of the other games that I had become aware of since realising that there's more to board games than Monopoly and Risk. I enjoyed most of them well enough, but continually returned to Carcassonne as I found it to be far more enjoyable than anything else I'd played. Clearly the fact that tiles are drawn at random means that there is an element of luck in this game. The best players however are the ones who can lay their tiles and deploy their followers in such a way that they're able to use whatever tile they draw to score points or other improve their position.

Furthermore, it's worth remembering that the basic game can be significantly expanded using any of the numerous (about 30) expansions available for it. As other reviewers have mentioned, Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders are generally considered to be the best although games can start getting somewhat more complicated when played with several expansions at once. The River (included in this box) is also a great starting point for those new to Carcassonne as it enlarges the starting area from one tile to 12 and thus provides players with a wider choice when it comes to placing their tiles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2013
A great game for two, although even better with three or four. Each game takes about an hour. The rules aren't that clear as there are often scenarios that provoke debate on the scoring. Will probably get some more 'add-on' parts now we've got the hang of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2013
To get the version with The River I (well worth having and no longer possible to buy separately now anyway), you need to purchase the new version by Zman Games (not the old by Rio Grande although their very old versions did include The River I too). The box and artwork is largely the same, the only differences being that Zman's logo replaces Rio Grande's at the bottom of the front of the box, 'Includes The River' is stencilled into the arch entering town and the thief next to the knight on the Rio Grande box has been replaced by a shifty-looking lady, the thief himself having been minimised to hide in the bushes to the left.

Well worth purchasing this game - initially seems expensive for what you get but very resilient and addictive, with plenty of add-ons available and playable at different levels (seriously or idly over a chat) and with very young children as well as adults alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2013
Named for the walled medieval city in southern france, this game is great for players of all ages. You will take turns in placing randomly selected tiles to create the landscape of medieval france. Roads, cities, farms, abbeys all develop and grow as the game progresses.

You win points by placing your followers (wooden pieces called meeples) on tiles and developing the features. Followers on roads become highwaymen while those placed in cities become knights. When the road or city is completed you win points based on the number of tiles your feature encompasses. You can also place monks in the abbey or farmers out in the field to serve the cities.

Gameplay is simple but getting the edge over your opponents takes luck and strategy. Great game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
Was given this game as a christmas present by my husband (who really wanted it himself)and it was one of the best presents I got. The rules were simple and quick to pick up and we have played it constantly over the holidays - in fact having to stop to eat was a bit of a nuisance. We have already ordered the first expansion pack.

The best part is that you learn strategies as you go along which keeps you wanting more. There is an element of luck, as the tiles are picked up randomly, so novices can play along with more experienced players.

I can wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
We played this in France with our French grandchildren and decided we must get it for our English family. We played it a lot over Christmas. It's an ideal game for family from age 5 (my youngest grandson) to 85. It is interesting enough for adults whilst being simple enough for youngish children. It generally takes about an hour, which is an ideal time for a board game, avoiding the Monopoly syndrome of matches being abandoned half way through. The game keeps moving along at a good pace so never gets boring. No arguments and lots of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2014
After seeing Carcassonne being played on Wil Wheatons YouTube show Tabletop, I quickly sent in the order! Carcassonne is a tile laying game that's easy to learn but difficult to master, and the replay ability is endless, as no two games are ever the same. The winner is the player who earns the most points, and you score points by placing your followers (meeples) on certain tile features eg. road, city, monastary or field. There's different strategies to play each turn, you could complete a construction of your own, or try to muscle in on something another player is building and steal/share some points!
This game has won quite a few awards, and its easy to see why. Within a few days of opening the box I had already ordered the first expansion, totally addictive! Really can't recommend this game enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2014
We bought this for our son a couple of weeks ago hoping it may interest him as we saw this advertised on Amazon. When he opened it and started playing I though the rules were a little difficult to master, but if you take the time to read them thoroughly the game is actually really simple and really addictive. We've played it every day for the last week and my son (who is 13) just can't get enough.

We also bought the extension 1, which makes the game even more interesting. As points can still be scored at the end of the game - the outcome is never decided until the very end, which keeps the excitement going.

Thoroughly recommend it to any kid into board games and who likes a bit of a battle or strategy game.
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