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Carcassonne Travel edition
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- For 2 to 5 players
- Playtime of 30 to 45 minutes
- Medieval civilization theme
- It is a board game
- Compact travel size
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1) It comes with a cloth scoreboard/bag. You cannot use the bag for pulling tiles out of while using it as a scoreboard, thus the dual purpose is kind of ruined... it's only useful for storing game pieces when not in use.
2) The pieces are merely slightly smaller. Not even a 2/3rds difference from the original set. This means you won't save a lot of extra space when travelling compared to the original. This also means you can never add any of the optional expansion sets to it, since the sizes are different.
Our normal play set consists of the original game, Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders, King & Scout, River 1 & 2, die Cartherer, and the mini-expansion from Games Quarterly magazine #11. All of these pieces from all of the sets fit into the original box with the original insert (without hiding pieces underneath.) The trick is to carefully lay the meeples flat in a ziplock sandwich baggie on top of the scoreboard. We take Carcassonne on all our trips with us and rarely lack room in our luggage for this one box of game items, although it could be collapsed further into a smaller package by placing all the game items in a smaller box/bag and using a smaller homemade scoreboard.
I see absolutely no advantage or allure to owning this travel edition when the original is just as portable.
That being said, the pouch and other materials are made in very good quality and none of the gameplay is sacrificed to make it a travel edition. Unfortunately, the tiles are just big enough as to prohibit playing during an airplane ride. (You simply won't have enough space on the seat tray to lay out all the tiles) You need about 2 square feet of space to play all the tiles, plus another 1 square foot to place the scoring board.
However it is a great game.
Little known details:
The travel edition is (C) 2007, so it follows the "3rd edition" rules.
The contents are: hard cardboard tiles, wooden meeples, cloth bag (which doubles as scoring board), color instructions printed on a single sheet of paper.
Some reviewers have complained that this edition is not worth adding to your collection because it is not truly a "travel" game--it still requires a flat surface to play, and because the tiles are smaller, you can't play this with any of the expansions. In my experience, these are not problems because the unexpanded game is still a ton of fun, and unless you're in the car, there is usually a table or floor nearby where you can play.
The Bottom Line:
Carcassonne Travel Edition is one of the most used and well-loved games in my collection; I highly recommend this for any fan of Carcassonne who is frequently on the go.
The quality of the printing, color matching, cardboard, meeples are all on par with the fullsize game. I keep score on paper so the bag feature didn't do much for me. It's not quite as small as I hoped. It's travel but you still need a good size table and even surface. I use it more as a copy of the game that I'm not as protective about keeping clean and square. I use it with my kids and on vacation.
It is quick to play (30-60mins); strategy matters but one can make a decent play without thinking too much.
Pieces in the travel edition are smaller (but not too small) and require less space to play it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent game as having it in a travel pack size is great when travelling .Published 14 days ago by Leanne
Great travel version of Carcassonne! Too bad the travel edition is no longer being produced. The travel game is not compatible with regular Carcassonne. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Aja
My DH and I love playing games. I do not like being told to use an exact number of words in my reviewPublished on February 25, 2013 by y