Questions tagged [carcassonne]

Carcassonne is a game where create a map of medieval countryside one tile at a time, scoring points by completing cities, roads, and other features. It is published by Hans im Glück and Rio Grande Games. 2-5 players, 30-45 minute playtime.

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There seem to be several different scoring systems for fields/cities in Carcassonne — which is correct?

It seems that the scoring for fields and cities in Carcassonne varies -- has this changed over the years, or is this a difference between the US and international versions? Are there generally-...
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What are good standard strategies for Carcassonne ?

I've only just discovered Carcassonne (thanks to the iPhone app), but I keep losing (in 3-player games). Which standard strategies are there? (game without extensions, 3-4 players). One strategy per ...
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What is the best strategy to avoid large farms in Carcassonne?

Whenever I play with my housemates and friends, Carcassonne often becomes 'farm wars'; everyone who understands the nuances of farm play gets caught up in playing meeple (or as I call them, 'dudes') ...
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What Are The Official Rules for Carcassonne: The River?

I played a game of Carcassonne last night with some friends, using amongst other expansions, the river. Their "house rule" was that both the river Source and Lake tiles do NOT wrap around: on each ...
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Water damage on cardboard pieces

Someone just spilled water on my Carcassonne tiles. The illustrations are coming apart from the cardboard (they're wrinkling). What's the best thing to do? How can I dry them with best results?
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What expansions for Carcassonne add variety without changing the character too much?

I've been playing a fair amount of Carcassonne with the basic tiles and the original River expansion. What other expansion packs will add a bit of variety to the game but without changing the ...
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Carcassonne — problem telling the difference between the Big Meeple and regular Meeples

In our gaming group, we have a very hard time picking out the Big Meeple from the other Meeples on the board. While the Big Meeple certainly is bigger than the others, it's not by a significant ...
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Carcassonne: The Grass Connection

Been looking into the rules a bit but can't find all the answers I want and it's possible this is more of a house rule with no definitive answer, but what I'm looking for is some official ruling if it ...
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Pre-drawing cards or tiles [closed]

This goes for many games where players take turns to draw cards, but I specifically wondered about Carcassonne: Do you allow players to pre-draw tiles and look at those tiles before it's their turn? ...
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7+ Players in Carcassonne - Problematic?

I currently have the Carcassonne base set plus Inns & Cathedrals which expands the game to 6 players. I've found that I can buy extra sets of Meeples in different colors which would effectively ...
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How can we use multiple Carcassonne expansions without the game taking forever?

My wife and I were playing Carcassonne last night with several of the expansions and we found that the game was taking a ridiculously long time. We had the base game, the River, Inns & Cathedrals,...
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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?

I've taught Carcassonne to a number of new players (it's a great "gateway game")! However, the problem that I keep having is with the farmers. Players are able to quickly grasp the idea of putting ...
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If I am building a road and I use the same tile twice, do I count that tile twice in order to determine the length of the road?

It normally doesn't make a huge difference, but I just got the King expansion, which gives major bonuses for those people who build the largest city and the longest road, and this slight difference in ...
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Maximum attainable points for a single player in a two player game of Carcassonne

Let's start this question with the following assumptions about a game of Carcassonne: It's a two player game. The game is using the current basic set of rules/tiles. edit: just to be clear, I'm using ...
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Is it possible to have an unplayable tile?

Is it possible to have a scenario where you pick a tile up, and are unable to make a legal placement with it? What happens in this scenario?
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How do the expansions for Carcassonne change the game?

There are a ton of different expansions for the Carcassonne base game. What are some of the differences between them? What does each one add to the game? How does each one change the strategy and ...
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House rules to make the cloister less of a game winning tile in Carcassonne?

In my experience, cloister tiles in Carcassonne are often "too lucky". If you draw a cloister tile in the beginning of the game, it will typically still require an investment of quite a bit of "meeple"...
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Carcassonne: The River II playable/worth it without River I?

I recently received a copy of Carcassonne for the holidays, and have enjoyed it so far. My print, however, doesn't include the mini-expansion River I, and it seems like a neat little mechanic insofar ...
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Should I prefer Farmers or other followers?

My friends and I have played three or four games of Carcassonne with varying winners, and fortunately we're all about the same experience with board games in general. I'm beginning to find, however, ...
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How To Trap Meeples In 2-Player Carcassonne?

During the past couple of weeks I got a bit addicted to online 2-player "ranked matches" of Carcassonne on my XBox. After a few humiliating losses against the local sharks, it became obvious to me ...
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Condensing Carcassonne & expansions into a single box

I've got a large collection of boxes piling up for Carcassonne, both the little ones that fit in the palm or your hand (like River and The Count) and the medium size ones like (like Inns & ...
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Do I use the original start tile when playing The River?

Yesterday I bought the Carcassonne board game and it comes with the mini-expansion The River. I read the rules but they don't clarify whether the removed/replaced first tile is removed from the game ...
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Carcassonne interaction between “The Robbers” and “The Messages”

I probably didn't get some part of the rulings correctly but it seems to me that there is an interaction problem with 2 of the mini-expansions in Carcassonne. The problem seems to be the following: ...
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Carcassonne Completed City

What constitutes a completed city. My son and I have been playing for a little while, and we can't agree if a city is complete when it has attached cities sections which aren't.
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Is the Catapult expansion as cool as it sounds?

I've often heard of the Carcassonne Catapult expansion, and I'm wondering, is it actually cool to use, or is it one of those novelties that will quickly wear off? Please give me your experience with ...
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Where can I get these Carcassone expansions?

Where can I find the mini-expansions for Carcassonne? I've seen there are several such as "The Cathars" and "Crop Circles" but don't know where to get them, my local board game store doesn't have them....
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How the game actually end for Carcassonne?

There are 71 (excluding starting tile) playing tiles available and this number seems not equally divided by 2,3,4 or even 5. According to the rule we have to finish all the tiles. Does this mean the ...
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In Carcassonne, what is the point of a Bridge in the expansion set?

I understand how to use the Bridges (sort of), but I don't understand the strategy/purpose. In almost every expansion set the special rules or powers of the pieces makes sense to me but why would I ...
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German Carcassonne fan expansions - available in English?

I was browsing the Hans im Glück website and found two 'official' fan-made expansions for Carcassonne. The expansions are called: Die Stadttore (The City Gates) Der Osterhase (The Easter Bunny) ...
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How many points does a thief score when placed on a tile with a crossing completing multiple roads?

I was a little worried that my theoretical maximum Carcassonne score of 338 points might be in error if it was possible to score multiple completed roads during the same turn. The rules say you place ...
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Can Expansion Combining “Break” the Game?

There are a lot of different Carcassonne expansions available and I'm curious if anyone has any insight in to telling if combining them may break game play? Recently we've been using Inns & ...
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Do you place the fairy before or after scoring a completed road/city/cloister?

With The Princess and the Dragon expansion for Carcassonne, can I place a tile to complete one of my features, and then move the fairy in to it for the bonus 3 points, or are you supposed to score the ...
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How many unique outcomes can be made from the 12 river tiles in Carcassonne?

I have been pondering this question for some time now and it's a bit out of my scope to solve it. I am curious to know how many possible arrangements are possible for the river 1 expansion for ...
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Carcassone Hills & Sheeps - how do the sheep rules make sense?

We were playing a game of Carcassone last weekend. We've a pretty large setup with a lot of expansions. One of them was "hills & sheeps". The day after the game-night I wondered how the rules of ...
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Does a builder count as a follower when scoring?

The rules say you can have more than one builder on a road or in a city, so what happens when a city is completed and it has a follower and builder of one person and a big follower and builder of ...
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Carcassonne - The Tower and The Dragon

While it has been a while since I last played Carcassonne using The Tower expansion, I seem to recall a level of confusion as to how the rules surrounding The Tower interacted with the rules of the ...
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Carcassonne - taking control of a city

We have just started playing and have the river expansion game. I had hoped to try to take control over a city by placing a last wall piece and placing a meeple. This was a U shaped piece and no ...
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How to score two tiled cities in Carcassonne? [duplicate]

The rules in my copy of Carcassonne state that cities that consist of only two tiles are worth only 2 points. I played another copy of carcassonne (10nth anniversary edition), and the rules don't ...
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How to make The Tower less of a pain in Carcassonne

I'm a big fan of Carcassonne and have a most of the expansions available in my language. One of the only expansions I don't play, at all, is The Tower. In my opinion, the ability to remove followers ...
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Are the yellow roof buildings inns?

In the new 2015 edition of Carcassonne Inns and Cathedrals, there are yellow roof buildings on some of the road pieces. Are these inns?
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Carcassonne: two builders on the same city?

When using the Traders and Builders and two players have one city each with their builder in it, and that two cities become one I always asumed that the builders keep working the same way (giving a ...
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How is game feel and strategy different between the 1st and 3rd edition scoring rules?

I've used the RGG 1st edition scoring rules because I was unaware until recently that there are 3 different scoring systems for Carcassonne. Without having tried the (now most common) 3rd edition ...
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Carcassonne Flying Machines + Ferries

Today we were playing Carcassonne with two of the mini expansions, Flying Machines and Ferries. The following situation occured: The yellow player is launching one of his meeple from the bottom left ...
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How do you score the Mayor in a city with no pennants?

We played our first games with the Abbey & Mayor expansion tonight, and ran across a scoring question that's not precisely covered by the rules. The rules are pretty simple: The Mayor counts as ...
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Can a Mayor be used to create a Castle?

We combined Abbey & Mayor with Bridges, Castles & Bazaars for the first time last night, and one situation cropped up for which I want to clarify the rules. I created a small city (with no ...
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In Carcassonne, how does the Bazaar play and count in different situations?

In Carcassonne, does the Bazaar in the farm play and count like a cloister in the farm? What about on the road and in a city? We understand how to initiate the auctions but are not sure how to treat ...
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Does moving the wagon after scoring stop you from taking the fairy?

So I've read the online PDF rules and can't seem to find an answer for this. After scoring points in a round with the wagon, if you move the wagon to another unfinished city or road as per the wagon ...
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Are newer editions of Carcasonne compatible with older expansions?

If I have the new edition of Carcasonne with the river and abbot mini expansion, are all the old expansions still going to be compatible? Mostly I'm looking for a compatible expansion that will add a ...
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Carcassonne fairy - scoring with a fairy for multiple areas and at the end

Here are the more in-depth rules for The Princess and The Dragon expansion: http://www.modernjive.com/carcassonne/carcassonnefaq.htm But it does not answer my questions (I assume the fairy protects a ...
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What's the order of scoring when completing a city with a Princess?

Yesterday, I played with The Dragon, the Fairy and the Princess for the first time. We came upon a situation that wasn't completely clear in the rules. What if there's an almost completed city, with ...