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- For 2-5 players
- A simple, clever tile laying game that brings New challenges with every turn
- Easy to learn, lots of strategy
- A great game the whole family can enjoy
- A great game the whole family can enjoy
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The Carcassonne is a clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique roman and medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious. The game is for ages 8 and up and 2 to 5 players.
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|Item Dimensions||10.8 x 7.5 x 2.8 in||11.75 x 11.75 x 3 in||3.7 x 12.6 x 16.9 in||9 x 2.25 x 13.25 in||13.2 x 13.1 x 2.2 in||7.55 x 2.75 x 10.82 in|
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Having said all of that, regardless of the edition this is one of our favorite games to play with kids in the evening after dinner. We have had ours since 2006 (I know that because I went on to Amazon to find it again from my account). My youngest daughter and I over the years have played this countless times. But almost all my kids and i have played it over the years. Every game is different.
Though it can be played with more than two people, it is frankly far better to play with just two. the strategies get a lot more complex with alternating turns. And though simple, the possibility for complex strategies is never ending.
The expansions are worth investigating. especially the cathedrals expansion. in fact we simply combined those two and never play just the original alone anymore. My youngest has now gone off to college but when she comes home she still asks to play this game and it remains one of my favorite evenings with her to enjoy.
This is cheap, it is easy to learn, it can be as simple or complex as you make it. Ours will be a family heirloom I suspect. treasured by the kids for years to come.
This game doesn't include an actual board, it is played by laying tiles out on a table (or any flat surface). Because of that, we've tossed the tiles in a quart ziploc bag (with the player pieces in a smaller bag inside that) so we can bring the game along when traveling. We also have several expansion packs. I highly recommend the river expansion pack as it ensures the tiles are fairly spread out at the beginning of the game. While we have additional expansion packs beyond that one, we tend not to play with them as frequently.
I was very surprised by how much this game grew on me. At first, I was skeptical by the fact that you didn’t have a hand and were at the mercy of whatever tile you drew. In the beginning of the game, you won’t have that many choices in terms of placement, but towards the end, you’ll be trying to screw up your opponent’s scoring chances while trying to resolve your own.
Keeping along those lines, I personally enjoyed how strategic the game turned out to be. I was constantly thinking of ways to extend my son’s city (the one he had a follower on) so that he’d never be able to complete it. He’d still earn one point per city tile at game end, but that was significantly less than the two points per tile he could have earned.
Resisting the urge to place all of my followers in the beginning became a real challenge. I saw a lot of potential fields that future cities might connect to, but I had to make sure I had enough in reserve to score on the more immediate opportunities. Since you and your opponent are limited to how many followers you have, it becomes a battle of wits to see who claims what first and who is able to save enough for when it counts.
Out of all of the game mechanics, the scoring was the hardest for me to pick up on. At times, I was scratching my head on how farmers scored and what fields were considered theirs. Once you overcome this initial learning curve, play is relatively fluid. Luckily, the manual is fairly easy to understand when trying to put it all together.
I should also mention that this game has a TON of expansions, which shoots up this game’s replay value tenfold. It seems like there is always something new to keep the game fresh and interesting. Not all of the expansions will appeal to everyone, but having the option alone is a plus in my book.
Carcassonne is a great game to introduce to players that are new to the wonderful world of board games, especially if you have an experienced player on hand to help with the scoring and flow of play. It’s also a great game for players of all ages (within reason), so if you are in the market for something relatively easy that provides a fair amount of depth, then you may want to look into this game further.