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Carcassonne Discovery

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  • 2 to 5 player game
  • It is a 30 to 45 minute game
  • Medieval theme
  • City building strategy
  • Tactical tile laying game
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

The people of the Carcassonne region have decided to expand to distant lands. The players explore and discover the geography of the surrounding area, facing the dangers of the sea and the mountains and exploring the vast grasslands. The skill and strategy of the players exploring these new territories and their approach to controlling them by deploying their followers as brigands, navigators, and explorers will determine who is victorious.

From the Manufacturer

The Discovery is a new stand-alone Carcassonne game. The inhabitants of Carcassonne have discovered a new region far away from their homeland - one that consists of meadows, mountains and seas. The followers, of which each player only has four (with a fifth for the scoring track) get placed as robbers (in the mountains), seafarers (on the seas) or explorers (on the meadows). On a player's turn, he must place a tile and may then place a follower on it. As in the original game, tiles may only be placed so that identical landscape types match up. A follower may only be placed when no other follower has been placed there yet. When the follower is removed, however, then the size of the region in which the follower is located brings points - regardless of whether the region has been closed off or not, although closed off regions score considerably more points. There's also an additional rule that lets mountainous regions increase in value, even if they've already been completed. This is a distinctly simpler version of Carcassonne than the original. This was the goal during the development of the game. It should have simpler rules, but offer greater strategic depth. What is interesting about the game is that regions aren't scored automatically any more (when they are closed off), this is a decision left to the player (the removing of the follower). Since the regions can only get more valuable, this ensures many agonizing decisions.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 10.9 x 7.6 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 274RGG
Manufacturer recommended age 12 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #131,552 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#3,689 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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My daughter received this game for Christmas about 3 years ago when she was 11. We had never heard of it, but my sister-in-law had done some research and found it to be highly recommended.

We liked to play games together after dinner and we were very excited to have something new. It instantly became a favorite of ours and we began playing it on a regular basis. It's great because it incorporates both luck and skill and isn't too mentally taxing. There are some games that, by the end of the day, just require to much concentration and mental effort. This was a perfect combination of the two. In addition, one person doesn't consistantly win. Some games -- once you develop a strategy -- end up with the same person winning all the time which isn't very much fun for the other player.

This week she has been home from school with a nasty bug and when she started feeling better this afternoon, she asked for me to play this with her. I realized what a compliment it is to the game that after 3 years of owning it (and she is now a 14-year-old) she likes to play it just as much as she did when she first received it. The great thing is, I like it too !

Great game for all !
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I've played all of the current Carcassonne expansions, but Carcassonne: The Discovery is the least competitive of all of them. This game is much more family friendly because of it. The shapes and colors are easy to recognize and play with. The only problem I've had with this game is storage. The pictures on the tiles are glued on, so make sure to store in a dry place otherwise they'll peel off.
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I'm a big fan of all Carcassonne games. This one is no exception. I played it with my parents (not gamers) and had a blast.

Carcassonne: The Discovery is a tile laying game with little wooden followers. During your turn, you draw a random tile, place it where it is legal to do so and generates you the biggest advantage, and either place or remove a wooden follower. The first part of that is the same as many other carcassonne games: tiles are squares with mountain, grass, and water on the edges, and tiles can only be placed next to tiles with the same type of edge. The second part (placing followers) is the same as other Carcassonne games: you place your follower on one type of terrain on the tile (different terrains have different scoring rules). The last part is what differs significantly from the other carcassonne games. In The Discovery, followers stay on completed features until removed (and the points for a feature may go up after completion, so there is strategy in determining when best to score).

One complaint about the original Carcassonne is that there is little player interaction: often called "multiplayer solitaire," without, for example, the Inns and Cathedrals, Tower, or Princess and Dragon expansions, which all increase player interaction. This isn't as much of a problem (if you view it as such) with The Discovery. The scoring rules for the discovery are not entirely local. This causes players to be more likely to place tiles near where other players are playing.
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Our son introduced this game to my husband and me to get us started on European-type board games. We're in our 50's and we though our game playing days would be reduced to playing juvenile games with the grandchildren. I'm glad we were wrong!

This is a great game, because you can learn to play it in no time at all. Then it's easy to start introducing strategy. We're hooked - and we've gotten several of our friends hooked as well. The games around here get pretty cutthroat! Yet it can be simple enough for 8 year olds to play - what a wonderful, flexible gateway game!

Now we're playing all kinds of new games that we never thought we would!
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