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Carcassonne: Bridges, Castles, and Bazaars
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- This is an expansion that requires Carcassonne to play
- Adds depth and complexity
- Contents: 12 New Landscape Tiles, 12 Castle Tiles, 12 Wooden Bridges
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1.) Bridges - You only get a limited amount but they can help you tremendously by adding a road to your tile so it can fit in the right place. These bridges are fantastic at making farms connect since you can chose to create a bridge as an extension of a road. At first I didn't use them as much, but they can be a very valuable addition.
2.) Bazaars - We haven't extensively play tested this one, but it was fun when we did use it. Tiles are auctioned and people take turns bidding on how many points they are wiling to buy it. The strategy comes down to knowing who needs the piece more and possibly bidding them up, or outbidding them completely. Be careful however because if you bid 4 points then you go back 4 spaces and the auctioneer goes up by 4 for an 8 point spread. It obviously plays better with more people in the respect.
3.) Castles - A very interesting addition to the game. It kind of plays out like the count of carcassonne by allowing you to get in on the other players points. Again it's a very interesting idea, but the rules leave some things up for interpretation. They are especially a problem with the tower & dragon expansion since it allows your meeples to be in the middle of two tiles.
Overall, the bridges add a nice bit of options and that's only 1/3 of the expansion. The Bazaars could be a hit or miss with the group, but I personally like it. There are only 8 auction tiles in there so it's not as if the game is constantly being paused to auction. The Castles are great in there own. I like all three and you'll probably at least like 2 out of 3 of the addition.
**Update: I decided I do like this better than Princess and Dragon. The Dragon drives me nuts, and castles are not nearly as obnoxious. I absolutely LOVE the options the bridges give. Lately we just ignore the Bazaar aspect.
and takes away some barries forming usualy one farmland
for everybody in the game. But it's a nice change if you're
a little tired of regular rules.
If you dont own the base carcasonne yet or wheel of fortune yet you will need one of those to utilize this expansion.
Bridges: A great expansion that lets you change the layout of your tiles, each person gets a few bridges and can deploy them with a tile. These are great to use to but in on a farm and create tiles that you need to complete a feature without waiting to draw them or figureing out if they even are left in the piles.
Castles: Another great expansion. This expansion lets you share in points of a feature without battling for majority. You convert a "football" city into a castle and when a feature near by is completed you score those points. Beware, the next feature to be completed may not be the one you were trying to score for ;-)
Bazaars, I havent really played with this one yet. Seems like it would slow down gameplay.
This expansion is VERY worth it even if you only use 1 or 2 of them at a time.
I don't care for the Bazaars rule, but have only played it in a 2 player game. I think in a bigger game, with 4 or more players, it would be a very fun addition.
The Bridges and Castles rules can be played without the Bazaars, and both of those are well worth the price of this expansion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do you know what the game Carcassonne is? The very first time I saw the box I thought "why would someone give a label that looks like 'carcass'? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jane in Milwaukee
The bridges add a nice advantage to a map, though my family finds that they see more use on smaller starting games (like the original one piece) as opposed to the River expansion. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by YK
this adds a large amount of fun to the game, even though we primarily play with just the bridges/castles the bazaars just seem too bazaar. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Joseph
This is such a great addition to the game. New rules that are simple to understand, fun, and make me want to continue playing and playing!Published on February 17, 2013 by ACGC
This isn't the best expansion for Carcassonne but it does have it's uses and is nice to have to round out the base expansions of the game.Published on February 1, 2013 by Christopher
Getting through the directions can be a bit tricky, but keep reading them, and playing, and it will all make sense soon. The castles are my favorite part. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by northern exposure-aholic