Carcassonne by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
Rio Grande Games
Online: $21.95 (+ shipping) Local: $32.95
Last month I reviewed the Kids of Carcassone. The Kids of Carcassonne is one of the many variants of a game called Carcassonne. Carcassonne is one of the most popular designer/Euro games available as it is a great family game while also having enough strategy and decision making opportunities for any ‘serious’ gaming geeks, such as myself.
In Carcassonne, players create a landscape (playing board) by placing a tile. Tiles must be placed so that either fields connect with fields, cities connect with cities, or roads connect with roads – just like a jigsaw. When players place a tile, they then place a meeple either in a city as a knight, on a road as a thief, in the field as a farmer or on a cloister as a monk. When a city or road is completed, or a cloister is surrounded by other tiles, any meeples connected to these areas are removed and the players score points determined by the number of tiles used in creating the city, road or cloister. Farmers are scored at the end of the game based upon how many completed cities their field touches. The player with the most points wins!
To those who have not yet played Carcassonne the game may seem a little complex. This could be no further from the truth. The game play is quick and simple – draw a tile, place a tile, place a meeple, and then score if needed. The randomness of the tiles drawn and placed means that every time you play the game it will be different. I highly recommend this game for everyone. It is a new classic!
Carcassonne also has many expansions. These expansions are add-ons that supplement the base game while adding a new twist and new rules to the game. Expansions include: The Princess and the Dragon, the Tower, King and Scout, and the Catapult.
Dad #1: A great game to pull out when you have friends over. I particularly like the fact that you create your own game board and that this changes whenever you play the game. I would suggest getting the expansion The Princess and the Dragon for some extra fun.
Son #1, age 14: There is so much variety in this game and it never plays the same twice. It’s always fun to play with a lot of people.
Mom #2: I love this game! It’s pretty simple and can be played in a friendly way or get very heated when playing, competitively, with a partner *ahem*, whoops! A game that is loads of fun to play with friends and it’s never the same.
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