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Carcassonne Big Box Game
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- 2 to 6 players
- 30 - 45 minutes playtime
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The goal of this review is to discuss the packaging and components of the Carcassonne Big Box. That said...
This IS A big box, but it's not huge. At 17 inches X 12 inches X 4 inches it easily stacks with several of my other larger game boxes like Star Trek Fleet Captains, etc.
And, it is a real bargain over buying the base set and included expansions separately (I bought mine from Cool Stuff Inc and got an especially good deal... but the savings would be even bigger if you had to pay regular retail for everything).
The Big Box contains the base game, two large expansions (Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders), six small expansions (The Flying Machine, The Messengers, The Ferries, The Gold Mines, Mage & Witch, and The Robbers), plus one mini expansion (The Crop Circles). This provides several dozen of combinations of sets to play, giving it a very high replayability value. Unfortunately, it does NOT include "The Rivers" tiles that you would get if you buy the base game by itself.
The inside of the box is very well organized. Everything has its own compartment. This is very cognitively satisfying for those of us with mild to moderate (o.k. severe!) OCD.
And, if you are not sure exactly what goes where, they were nice enough to provide this diagram on the inside of the box cover.Read more ›
Cons: I only have two:
1. The River 1 is not included in the Big Box, yet it is included in the stand alone base game. If you want the River 2 purchase Expansion 6 (Count, King & Robber) like I did. The River 2 is better anyway but it would be nice if the River 1 was in this box.
2. If you purchase Expansion 2 (Traders and Builders) by it self the expansion comes with a large cloth bag to pull tiles from during the game. This is not included in this box. Would be nice if it was, not a deal breaker.
This is a great game and a very affordable way to get several expansions for the game. I have 2 big complaints. The box is big, much bigger than most other game boxes. This makes taking the game around very difficult. Finally there are a lot of components, and the box is well designed with a plastic divider to keep the different expansions in separate places. The divider does not hold the pieces well. If the box is not kept perfectly level all the tiles spill inside the box. I like to take games with me when I go out of town, or to board game group meet ups. I have simply had to put rubber bands around the individual groups of tiles to keep the separated. A friend even took and bought a photo storage box and fit the entire big box in the photo box about 1/3 the size. I likely will also do this as recently the plastic divider is starting to tear (with only light use). The Box is why I am giving a 4 star review instead of a 5, The game is a 5 star game.
This is a great game. Some of the expansions are not as good as the original, but you have the option to pick and choose what you do.
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When my friends introduced me to this game, they had this Big Box set. When I eventually decided to buy my own once I didn't play with those friends any longer, this was the only... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Toczek
favorite game :)
quick to learn, many variations with the different expansions
This is my favorite board game. My family always request that I bring this game over. Since I was introduced to this game I was hooked. There are multiple ways to win. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Murphy's
They aren't kidding about BIG BOX. This thing is huge. The pieces could have easily fit in a box a third this size, albeit without the perceived value. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. E. Kerr
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Ridiculous amounts of replay-ability. The ability to mix and match expansions creates more ways to play.Published 17 months ago by David R Todd