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Is it possible to have an unplayable tile?

I found this rule very quickly in the rules. In the rare circumstance where a drawn tile has no legal placement (and all players agree), the player discards the tile from the game (into the box)...
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Carcassonne Completed City

A city in Carcassonne is completed when their are no places you can possibly add any additional tiles to grow that city. Three Cities, A, B, & C. Three Tiles that can be laid down (1,2, & ...
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Carcassonne - taking control of a city

Basic Rules: On your turn you place a tile. After placing the tile you can place your meeple onto any uncontrolled feature on that tile. After placing meeples, all completed features are scored. ...
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In Carcassonne Rivers, does the Abbey Tile stop a road?

It plays as illustrated: the road is unbroken. See the scoring example that shows the road is "not ended":
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Carcassonne Completed City

A city is completed when it has a fully connected border and the area within that border is completely filled. If the tiles that form the city have other city pieces, then as long as those pieces aren'...
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How do I score this field in Carcassonne?

According to the rules: Each field is worth 3 points per adjacent completed city. So the city must share a line with the field. It does this for three of the cities. The small vertical city is ...
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Carcassonne: how to score city points when tied

When multiple players score a feature, each player gets the full amount. There is only one way to score a feature, and if the rule says that each player scores that feature, each player will get the ...
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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?

You could do, the game would work perfectly well without farmers. I would argue against it because this still leaves the new players in a position where they don't see farms being used and don't see ...
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Can you place a meeple on a tile you didn't place?

You can only place it on the tile you just placed. From the Rio Grande edition rules: After the player places a land tile, he may deploy one of his followers, using the following rules: The player ...
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How many unique outcomes can be made from the 12 river tiles in Carcassonne?

As mentioned in the comments, I think the U-turns of the river in your example board are invalid; see (this version of) the rules. If, as you say "We must also exclude possibilities that become ...
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Carcassonne: two builders on the same city?

At any time when the builder is on the table, it functions as documented in the rules. The number of builders in a single city does not affect the way in which each builder functions. Nor does the ...
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Are the yellow roof buildings inns?

No, that's just scenery. The inns all have lakes next to them. This copy of the rules appears to be for the new edition (it says ©2002, 2015 and it doesn't look quite like my copy of the original ...
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How to score two tiled cities in Carcassonne?

It seems like the rules have changed since we bought our copies of Carcassonne. Two-tile cities are now worth two points per tile (four points total) like any other city. I have an old copy published ...
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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?

A couple points of advice here - 1) One easy way to teach the farm mechanic is to run through a sample game of perhaps 5 turns. Make sure to drop a farmer or two during this sample and at the end ...
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Maximum attainable points for a single player in a two player game of Carcassonne

342 For third edition rules Here's one way how: The numbers show when tiles are placed. Black is the first player to move and always places a meeple where the number is. Blue moves second and never ...
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How many meeples should I have according to the expansions that I'm currently using?

The list of expansions that add pieces for each player are as follows: Base game 7 meeples, plus one for scoring. Inns & Cathedrals Adds the Big Meeple. Traders & Builders Adds the ...
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Carcassonne Flying Machines + Ferries

To answer the first half of the question: Which of the three road pieces would be considered valid placements for the meeple? (cited from the Complete Annotated Rules ver 7.4 pages 142-143 available ...
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Can a Mayor be used to create a Castle?

Short and simple answer: The mayor cannot be placed in a castle. (From footnote 161 in the Carcassonne Complete Annotated Rules) If the mayor is in a city that is turned into a castle, you won't get ...
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Can you play a new player game of Carcassonne w/o farms?

Just to add my 2 cents, I taught the game to my kids (when they were 9). Everything was easy, except how to explain to them the concept of farms. After a few games without any farms, I let them put ...
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Carcassone Hills & Sheeps - how do the sheep rules make sense?

Yes, you are missing something. 'Lucky guy' in your example gains the same benefit as 'clever guy', despite playing fewer field tiles. Each time you place a tile and cash in the accumulated points ...
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Can you place a meeple on a tile you didn't place?

You can only place a meeple on a tile you just placed. The Princess & Dragon expansion provides an exception to that rule. As Gendolkari already quoted, the rules in the vanilla game are clear: ...
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When was "pennant" renamed "coat of arms" in Carcassonne?

The original German is Wappen. English rules have translated that variously as Pennant, Banner, Shield, or Coat of Arms. The Rio Grande edition called it Pennant. The Z-Man edition called it Banner. ...
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Carcassonne: how to score city points when tied

Interpreting the sentence as regular English, and comparing it with the official rules in other languages, lead me to believe that all players get 10 points. There's no splitting involved. Here is the ...
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How many meeples should I have according to the expansions that I'm currently using?

(adding to Kristo's answer because this is a bit too long for a comment) We regularly play "SuperUltraMega Carcassone" because we have most of the expansions and two copies of the basic game and we ...
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How to score two tiled cities in Carcassonne?

In the current version of Carcassonne, two-tile cities are worth 4 points. But this is not the only rule that has changed between editions - farmer scoring has changed as well. Below are the scoring ...
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Are newer editions of Carcasonne compatible with older expansions?

According to the FAQ you linked, the tile backs are compatible. If you want to restrict yourself to the new art style just to make it look pretty, you certainly can, but you'll be limited to any ...
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Carcassonne fairy - scoring with a fairy for multiple areas and at the end

As per the rules: When a feature (city, road, cloister, or farm) with the fairy is scored, the player whose follower stands on the tile with the fairy scores 3 points for standing there, and may ...
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Can the Tower capture the Wagon and/or the Mayor in Carcassonne

In the file Carcassonne CAR (this is the link https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/87531/carcassonne-standard-complete-annotated-rules ) page 52, section the tower, before note 120 says: "Whenever a ...
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Does moving the wagon after scoring stop you from taking the fairy?

No. Redeployment of the Wagon following scoring (at the end of a turn) is a separate step from the figure deployment step (for the next turn), so it has no effect on any of the actions you can take ...
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Does the Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers tile with 3 fish, 2 rivers and 2 forests have a menhir?

Simple answer: If the tile doesn't have a picture of a menhir, it doesn't contain a menhir. I suspect the point of confusion here is differentiating between "tiles with a menhir on them" and ...
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