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Carcassonne Abbey & Mayor 5th Extension
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- This is an expansion, you need the Carcassone game in order to use it
- Adds depth and complexity
- For 2-6 players
- Strategy game
- Expansion for base game
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Mayor -- The mayor piece is focused on controlling cities. The mayor's power grows as the city gains more pennant tiles. This piece can play a major role in the struggle for control that frequently takes place in large, valuable cities. As someone who enjoys competing for cities, I like this aspect.
Wagon -- Played as a regular piece, the wagon can travel from a completed area to somewhere unclaimed. This creates continuity and requires some extra vision. So far, this piece has been fun to play.
Barns -- The barn allows players to set up a super farm that grows in size as the game progresses pushing other, usually smaller, farmers out. The barn makes farm strategy important from the beginning instead of its typical end game position. However, a common complaint about farms in general is that they tend to grow too big. Those who don't enjoy that aspect of the game may not like this piece.
Abbey -- Acting as a sort of super cloister, the Abbey can be used to fill in those hard to close map features. It's a great escape valve for those who get trapped and it is also a quick way to add points. However, I think this takes away from the tactical aspect of trying to trap an opponents valuable pieces. This piece is probably my least favorite part of the Abbey & Mayor expansion.
Overall, I think this is a good expansion to Carcassonne falling in behind Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders but ahead of Princess & Dragon and The Tower. I think it will add the most to games with intermediate to experienced players.
New Tiles: The best thing about this expansion are the new tiles. Each one can be very helpfull if used well. For instance, there is a tile that terminates a road with farmland on three sides - great for increasing the size of a farm area. Another tile that has a similar effect has a road running through a city - however, it goes under ground so it does not split the farms. There is a three-way road which is great when added to an inn tile - of course its that much harder to finish if you pick it near the end of the game.
Abbey: I love the Abbey addition. The abbey works by allowing you to place it anywhere on the board where four sides (although not necessarily all four corners) surround an empty space. Sure it is fun to block other player's roads and citys. However, this can frusterate some of my friends who then give up. This tile gives them the ability to overcome this. They are much more willing to play! Even better finishing the abbey is the same as finishing a cloister - fun to get nine points for finishing someone else's city (or yours!) and claiming the city commodities as well!
Wagon: Have you ever added a cloister or city tile to the board and felt frusterated because you couldn't claim points on the now completed road leading to it? No problem now! Add the wagon to the road and move it onto the uncompleted item! The wagon is a very fun piece by helping a player stake out territory and claim points that would otherwise be lost.
Mayor: The mayor is a great piece for city struggles. The mayor has a meeple power equal to the number of shields in the city.Read more ›
The instructions seem a little more intense then previous expansions due to the 3 new meeples to place and their rules. It took us 2 play throughs to really use all of the new meeples and understand how they fit together. This is different from other expansions that are very quick to pick up and understand. Usually it's just a read through the instructions, a couple of turns, and you are more then good to go.
I love the new tiles. They have some interesting shapes and are fun to play with. The abbey tiles can be helpful to finish some of those crazy castles that are huge and might otherwise not be finished... IF you can work it in to get a spot for the tile or someone just accidentally gives it to you. But this has some strategy and I like this part.
The part that I do not like is the meeples. This expansion adds only 12 new tiles for guaranteed play and it adds 3 new meeples. The mayor can only be placed on cities, the wagon can be placed on anything except a farm, and the barn makes a super farm.
When you take into consideration that you receive 7 regular meeples in any given game... adding 3 more meeples to such a small expansion is crazy! I find it especially crazy because the barn removes farming meeples... making management of your meeples pretty much a non-issue. The fact that a barn allows farms to be counted twice by the owner of the farm, makes farming extremely lucrative with little risk.
Each time we've played this expansion, no one has lacked meeples.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not a big fan of this expansion because it cheapens the gameplay of Carcassonne. First, It adds three new, gimmicky meeples; the barn, the mayor, and the wagon. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Furious George
Pretty cool expansion, it's not my favorite of the many expansions Carcassonne has to offer, but that isn't a bad thing by any means. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Bulger
It adds some extra strategy to the game. It is a good expansion after gamers are knowledgeable about the base game. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Qwistnia
I purchased this game for my friend thinking it would save me time and money instead of stopping at the local comic book store. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Niki
The expansion pack was a very good addition to the game. You have to have the normal game to use the expansion, but it is work the price for this, as well. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Patrick Hurley
Adds interesting new options, changes the farm mechanics to something much more interesting than "winner takes all" which is how most of our games turned out before. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Benjamin J Visger
I haven't played them all, but of the first five major expansions this one is near the top of my list. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by J. Lieberman
Abbey and Mayor adds more pieces to the already enjoyable game of Carcassonne. The Mayor is especially useful on cities with multiple pennants which make him worth numerous... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Tom Grimes