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Carcassonne: New Edition Board Game
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- The classic award-winning game is back with a whole new look
- Entirely redesigned and modernised, this edition includes two expansions: The River and the Abbot
- 35 minute playing time
- 2 to 5 players
- Ages 7+
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In Carcassonne, players build the area surrounding this impressive city, one tile at a time. They then place a follower on fields, cities, roads or monasteries in order to score as many points as possible. These followers will become knights, monks, farmers and thieves, depending on where they are placed. No matter their function, the player who will most cleverly use their followers will win the game. The classic award-winning game is back with a whole new look Entirely redesigned and modernized, this edition includes two expansions: The River and the Abbot Ages 7+ 2 to 5 players 35 minute playing time Box Contains 72 x Land tiles 12 x River tiles 1 x scoreboard 40 x followers in 5 colours 5 x abbots in 5 colours 1 x rulebook 1 x supplementary sheet
72 x Land tiles
12 x River tiles
1 x scoreboard
40 x followers in 5 colors
5 x abbots in 5 colors
1 x rulebook
1 x supplementary sheet
From the Manufacturer
A Tile-laying Challenge
Carcassonne is a clever tile-laying game based on the southern French city of Carcassonne, 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 while creating a perfect city landscape. With each tile placed, strategies will be tested and the skill of the players will determine who stands victorious.
Send your Followers into the City
Players deploy their limited followers to best control the landscape and, as the area expands with roads, fields, cities and cloisters, score as many points as possible. Using followers as thieves, farmers, knights and monks, the wise player will plan his moves carefully and deploy followers when and where he can earn the most points.
Simple yet Strategic
A simple, clever tile laying game that brings new challenges with every turn, Carcassonne can be played and enjoyed by the whole family, as well as within a gaming group or with new players. Carcassonne is easy to learn and creates enough tension to keep all players involved and waiting for the next tile to appear
- Easy to learn, lots of strategy
- Suitable for 2-5 Players
- 8+ Age
- 30-45 Minutes gameplay.
- Includes the river tile expansion
- Includes the Abbot expansion
At the start of each turn, players draw and place a tile on the board 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 all connects correctly - cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etc. Having placed a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his meeple followers (Wooden people tokens) 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 follower scores points is returned to the owner’s hand.
This edition also includes 2 free expansions - The River which consists of 12 tiles that are laid at the start of the game and can dramatically change tile placement for the rest of the game, and it also comes with the new Mini-expansion The Abbot. Since its release in 2001, Carcassonne’s popularity has led to the creation of several expansions which allow for the exploration of new aspects of the game such as the addition of trading or different building tiles.
Due to its elegantly simple gameplay that provides players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn, Carcassonne has picked up a number of awards throughout the years including the coveted Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) upon launch, in 2001.
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Played the first game without the river tiles to get to know the rules then played a second game with the river tiles. Didn't take the farmers into account but will do later on once we get accustomed to playing, but that shouldn't be too long away. Both games took about 35 mins each so not too draining like Monopoly! No two games will ever be the same! Will be taking it to play with the rest of the family.
Expansion packs will be bought over the coming months to enhance the game....we just love it!
Update: Have now played this with Nana, who is 72, she loved it too...it really is a game for all the family!
Further Update: Have now played with Abbott and farmers and find it so easy to play, even my son! Have just bought the first2 extensions so will be delving deeper into the world of Carcassonne!
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.
I've had my eye on Carcassonne for quite a while before the price dropped enough to make it worth a go. I've got an 8 year old daughter so I figured this would be a good game for her to cut her proper board-gaming teeth on, but also a lot of fun too as we love anything involving building and territory a la Civilisation.
Carcassonne is one of those games that's deceptively complicated looking at first glance, but is actually very simple and easy to play and pick up once you've established a few simple rules. Picking out the centre tile for your map, you then take it in turns to draw other map tiles, join them on, add a few meeples to establish your score, and progress around the score board.
The real strategy comes from taking a gamble on whether to play all your meeples (and perhaps miss out on bigger city territories or longer roads to inhabit) or hold a few back hoping for bigger scores. The entire game can change from turn to turn, so it's fantastically exciting and strategic. The board quality is extremely high, all player pieces feel nicely crafted and made. Though the game time can be quite short, sometimes games can go on for longer than you expected as players all try to max out their scores to claw together the winning number of points.
There are tons of guides on the internet on how to play and best strategies, and there are many expansions to add to the base game to make it even better.
Brilliant stuff, and a better festive gaming treat than dratted Monopoly!
When we play it with young ones we leave out the farmers/fields, as this can be quite tricky for little ones to comprehend. But there's still enough fun for grown ups, even so.
We particularly love the way it encourages players to co-operate in helping each other place tiles, which is excellent if you have young ones who are not graceful losers!
That said you can play pretty cut throat too, if you like, stealing fields and cities and, of course, the points for them. The points scoring system means you never really know who is going to win until the end, too.
It is a perennial favourite in our household and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those who enjoy a game that's fast paced, easy to pick up, yet complex enough to keep you coming back for more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great, absorbing game for adults and children. Be warned on quality though as our game was missing the red meeples and as it was a present the box was opened after the return... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Paul
Absorbing, strategy game which last long enough to be entertaining and not so long as to get bored! Suitable for a wide age range so all the family can play.Published 9 days ago by Carol De Lacey
Fit it okay with my 8 year old daughter. She loves it and was easy to pick up.Published 10 days ago by J Taylor
This is a fantastic board game. Although seeming complicated on the surface, Carcasonne is quite easy to pick up and learn. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The grand kids loved the game and have already called twice to say thank you.Published 1 month ago by Richard A Nanson, II.
Right product and timely delivery as planned. Carcassonne: New Edition Board Game is good, fun and easy to play.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer