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on 15 October 2013
Warning! if you own the Z-man games version of the base game ensure you purchase the Z-man games expansion. I didn't look and bought the Rio Grande version of inns and cathedrals expansion to go with my z-man games base set and the rear of the tiles is slightly darker colour meaning you can pick the expansion tiles out visually when picking them up which I don't think you should be able to do, easy fix is a cloth bag though. Try to match your base and expansions to ensure uniformity of tiles, it is only a small difference but it is noticeable and if your like me it will annoy you.

I have had the Carcassonne base set for a while and play on a regular basis with my 9 year old daughter who loves it. It was therefore a natural step to purchase the first add on to keep the game interesting and add a touch more strategy. This expansion does that although not in a radical way, it adds inns to the roads and cathedrals to the cities which only score when finished and not at game end. There are some other standard (slightly different designs) tiles along with double sized meeple's and scoring tiles too keep track of when you complete a lap of the rather small score board from the base game. My daughter loves the little scoring tiles, especially when she has lapped me! Overall for £10 a good if gently expansion which expands the game but not in an overly radical way.

(For those that want to know why the two versions, Rio Grande is the old distributor with the newer version and current licence holder being z-man games.)

Zman
Carcassonne New Edition Board Game
Carcassonne Expansionansion 1 Inns and Cathedrals Board Game
Carcassonne Expansion 2 Traders and Builders Board Game

Riogrande
Carcassonne
Carcassonne Expansion 1: Inns & Cathedrals
Carcassonne Expansion 2: Traders &Builders
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on 25 September 2014
This expansion adds some simple yet effective tiles and rules to the core game. Having effectively a means to score extra points for thieves along a road or knights in a city (IF those are completed before the end of the game, else you score nothing!) adds an extra twist and gives you something else to contemplate when playing. A 'super' meeble is provided as well, effectively outranking the existing ones. The simple idea of including a tile to keep track of how many times you have been round the board answered one of my peeves with the core game (all too often if you play a 2 player game you would score more than 50 or 100 each).

All in all a solid expansion that adds to the game without drastically changing everything you know. A must have.
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on 25 February 2015
Just bought the Hans Im Gluck version of this on Amazon.de for £12.05 including postage. Took about four days to arrive. Tile backs are the same as Z-Man Games tiles. The rules are in German, but English language rules are readily available on the interweb. I emailed Z-Man last week and they replied saying they have no plans to reprint this expansion. I did 'O' level German 40 years ago and didn't fully understand the German website, but it's the same format as Amazon.co.uk and for around €10 plus postage, I though it was worth the risk. I'm now very pleased with my purchase.
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on 9 March 2014
If you love playing Carcassonne , this Expansion set is the one to add first.
It adds some interesting variations, without adding too much extra time to the game.
Use all the features or just some, it works well either way.
We now always play with this expansion set included.
Looking forward to trying some of the other expansion sets too, possibly Builders next ?
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on 24 January 2014
We play this as a family of three (including eight year old daughter). We started with the basic game last year and added this expansion which has just added to the enjoyment and made us think a little more. Look forward to adding a new expansion next Christmas.
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on 3 September 2014
Nice addition to the game - no drastic rule changes, just extra tiles to increase the worth of roads and buildings and an extra set of meeples to add a 6th player and a big meeple to secure those buildings you are trying to complete.
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on 29 May 2014
Adds new features to the base game without convolution it or making it too fiddly.

Very enjoyable.

Also adds a 6th player, which mean more can enjoy the fun!
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on 14 January 2014
Bought this in the lightning deals, so was great value for money, adds more complexity to the base set. Probably best to buy this if you have the base game by Z-man games.
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on 1 September 2014
Fits in lovely with the game and makes it a bit longer

My only issue with it is now, my girlfriend wins more than I do, i need to get some more tactics going
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on 20 December 2014
It might only be a few more tiles but what a difference they make! The scores of each game have almost doubled! If you have carcasonne then you NEED this!!
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