Carcassonne: Board Game Review

There are a few games that truly establish their times and Carcassonne is one of them. Designed by Klaus-J? rgen Wrede and published in 2000 by Hans i am Gl? ck, it made a huge impact on the board gaming industry and brought many people who lost contact with board games back on track. Now this year, after more than a ten years, and with dozens of expansions being available, Carcassonne still shines and shows what good games are made of. Let’s take a plunge into their wonderful world.

Game Summary The Shotgun Surgeon

Carcassonne is a tiny town in South France, renowned for its formidable retraite that still stand and it is part of Unesco’s list World Heritage Sites. It truly is encircled by a huge double row of fortified walls that run almost 2 miles long, emphasized by 56 watchtowers.¬†

That was possibly the inspiration for this game which advances around building castles, highways, farms and cloisters in the area of the famous town. Carcassonne is a tile laying game for the whole family. You will discover 72 land floor tiles that depict farmland, highways, cities and cloisters. Every player starts out with 7 followers (meeples) which are his supply and can be used as farmers, thiefs, knights or monks during the game by inserting them on a newly put ceramic tile.

At the start of the sport, each player places one of his enthusiasts on the score table to be used as a score marker.

The game commences by positioning the start tile (the one with darker back) in the middle of the table. All of those other porcelain tiles are shuffled and located in several face-down piles. Each player, in his turn takes a ceramic tile from a stack, shows it and places it on the table, in order that it has one common edge with an already played flooring. Then he can evaluate if he wants to release a follower on that tile. Followers can be located on road portions as thiefs, on cultivated fields as farmers, on metropolitan areas as knights or at cloisters as monks. When a city, road or cloister is done, the player with most meeples on it scores win points and takes all meeples put on the construction returning to his resource. That doesn’t affect facilities. Farmers are dedicated to their land until the end of the game, when each farm portion a completed city is scored. In the circumstance more than one players have meeples on the same road or city, then the player with most meeples gets all the points. When several players tie with the most thieves or knights in battle they each earn the total points for the road or city.

The tricky part of the game is that another player can try and take control of your city, road or town by inserting there more meeples than you. Mainly because no-one can place a meeple on a city, road or farm with an existing meeple, that can be done only indirectly. That is by inserting e. g. a knight on a ceramic tile near to the city you want to take over, in hope that the two city parts will eventually merge.

The game ceases when all tiles are located available. Players report for their incomplete urban centers, roads, cloisters and previous but not least facilities are scored. Whoever has the most followers on a farm, takes all the points from that farm and other players that also have enthusiasts on that farm gain nothing. In the event the number of followers from each player is the same, all these players get the same points.