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Fun/addictive game, amazingly well thought-out box
on November 22, 2011
The GAME: Carcasonne is an amazingly fun, addictive, simple yet deep, and interactive game that's fun to play with 1 other person or 6 other people. The basic game is incredibly simple, and using all expansions at the same time is very complex; but that's part of what makes this game so great is that anyone can figure out how to play the basic game in about 5 seconds, yet even the basic game involves a good amount of subtle strategy and therefore isn't as easy to "master" as it is to learn how to play. And then add to that the fact that there are a multitude of expansions available, and it gives Carcassonne an incredible amount of depth and replay value that goes far beyond almost any other game I've ever played in my life.
The EXPANSIONS: Say you're playing with a bunch of 5 year-olds that have never played the game before. Just use the basic game and everyone will be able to play and have fun. Now, say those kids are 10 and have played a few times before. Maybe you want to use the basic game plus one or two of the expansions. That adds more cards to the game, a few more complex rules, and the game will be longer and more fun for everyone (since by now playing just the basic game may be a little boring). Now, say you're playing with a group of adults that have played the game countless times. Use the basic game plus all 5 expansions and the game is now going to be very complex, deep, interactive, challenging, fun, and even combative (in a friendly sort of way). The point is that you can pick and choose which expansions you want to play depending on who is playing with you, how much time you have, how complex you want the game to be, what strategies you want to use, etc. And even though I said that the basic game by itself could get "boring", I guarantee that this game in its entirety could never get boring because each game is entirely different and the strategies you use to win will change every single time you play.
This BOX: this is by FAR the most well thought out board game packaging I've ever seen, which is good since it includes the basic game plus 5 optional expansions which you can pick and choose from. Each card has a little water mark on it which indicates which expansion it's part of. The box has a slot for each set of cards, separated by expansion set. So at the end of each game, it's easy to put the game pieces into the appropriate piles of cards, and then put those cards into the appropriate slot in the box. Brilliant!