Carcassonne: Board Game Review

There are some video games that actually outline their instances and Carcassonne is considered one of them. Designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and revealed in 2000 by Hans im Glück, it made a big impact on the board gaming trade and introduced many individuals who had misplaced contact with board video games again on observe. Now in 2012, after greater than a decade, and with dozens of expansions being accessible, Carcassonne nonetheless shines and proves what good video games are made from. Let’s take a plunge into its fantastic world.

Sport Overview

Carcassonne is a small city in South France, famend for its formidable fortifications that also stand and is a part of Unesco’s checklist World Heritage Websites. It’s encircled by an enormous double row of fortified partitions that run virtually 2 miles lengthy, accentuated by 56 watchtowers.

That was in all probability the inspiration for this recreation which evolves round constructing castles, roads, farms and cloisters within the space of the well-known city. Carcassonne is a tile laying recreation for the entire household. There are 72 land tiles that depict farmland, roads, cities and cloisters. Every participant begins out with 7 followers (meeples) that are his provide and can be utilized as farmers, thiefs, knights or monks through the recreation by inserting them on a newly positioned tile.

At first of the sport, every participant locations considered one of his followers on the rating board for use as a rating marker.

The sport begins by inserting the beginning tile (the one with darker again) in the course of the desk. The remainder of the tiles are shuffled and positioned in a number of face-down stacks. Every participant, in his flip takes a tile from a stack, reveals it and locations it on the desk, in order that it has one widespread edge with an already performed tile. Then he can resolve if he desires to deploy a follower on that tile. Followers might be positioned on street segments as thiefs, on farmland as farmers, on cities as knights or at cloisters as monks. Every time a metropolis, street or cloister is accomplished, the participant with most meeples on it scores victory factors and takes all meeples positioned on the development again to his provide. That does not apply to farms. Farmers are devoted to their land till the top of the sport, when every farm serving a accomplished metropolis is scored. Within the case that a couple of gamers have meeples on the identical street or metropolis, then the participant with most meeples will get all of the factors. When two or extra gamers tie with essentially the most thieves or knights they every earn the full factors for the street or metropolis.

The difficult a part of the sport is that one other participant can attempt to take management of your metropolis, street or farm by inserting there extra meeples than you. As a result of nobody can place a meeple on a metropolis, street or farm with an current meeple, that may be performed solely not directly. That’s by inserting e.g. a knight on a tile close to town you wish to take over, in hope that the 2 metropolis elements will finally merge.

The sport ends when all tiles are positioned on the desk. Gamers rating for his or her incomplete cities, roads, cloisters and final however not least farms are scored. Whoever has essentially the most followers on a farm, takes all of the factors from that farm and different gamers that even have followers on that farm acquire nothing. If the variety of followers from every participant is identical, all these gamers get the identical factors.

First Impressions

Opening the field of Carcassonne, reveals a pleasant bundle of fantastically illustrated cardboard tiles, some wood meeples, the scoring observe and a 6-page rulebook. The foundations of the sport are fairly straight ahead and the illustrated examples assist make clear any questions. Inside a couple of minutes you can begin enjoying the sport, which lasts about 45 minutes. Enjoying the primary few video games was a lot enjoyable for all gamers and I ought to observe that almost all of us felt fairly addicted and had been eagerly inclined to play once more (with a purpose to pay revenge or refine our methods). First impression, thumbs up! Since then I performed the sport a number of extra instances and right here is my judgement on our ordinary scoring classes:


All elements of the sport are fairly fabulous and depart nothing to be desired. The tiles have elaborate designs and as they’re positioned adjoining to one another and start to kind a larger image, it actually feels nice your creation. They’re made from laborious cardboard, very tough to endure from use regardless of how usually the sport is performed. The meeples, oh that meeples!! I merely love them. They’re your wood little followers, at all times able to commit themselves to no matter process is set for them. The scoring observe is sweet however might be a bit of larger as for the counting. Rating on the observe is until 50 factors however as a rule, the rating exceeds 100 factors, one thing that could be a bit of complicated. The primary time the meeple marker crosses the top of the observe, it may be positioned on its again in order to know we have now reached 50 factors. However what in regards to the second time round? 9/10


The guts of every recreation! Though Carcassonne is a straightforward recreation with easy guidelines, there’s numerous technique concerned in it. At first of the sport, selections are restricted and accessible positions to position your tiles are restricted. However as the sport progresses and the map expands, you might be offered with ever rising choices and challenges. You’ll have to think twice and resolve: Is it higher to assault an opponent’s metropolis or begin constructing your individual? Must you place a farmer or a knight? Perhaps you need to be extra conservative and never place a follower this flip. A giant benefit of all tile-placement video games is that you simply get a unique map in every recreation and that eliminates the potential of boredom as a result of repetition. The reality is that the sport could be very addictive. When you play a couple of video games and get the hold of it, you do not wish to cease. You wish to strive totally different methods, totally different approaches, discover the multitude of choices. And with all these expansions on the market, enjoyable is virtually assured. One other plus is that the sport appeals to players and non-gamers alike. The foundations are easy and anybody can study to play inside a couple of minutes however players can even discover sufficient strategic components right here to draw them and hold them glad. Let’s not neglect {that a} World Championship of Carcassonne is held yearly at Essen. That proves how aggressive it may be. 8/10

Studying Curve

As talked about earlier, the sport has quite simple guidelines and might be discovered inside minutes. The 6-page rulebook could be very well-written and is definitely a 4-page with one web page being an summary of all accessible tles and one an illustrated instance of farmer scoring. 9/10


Effectively, the sport theme is all over. Because the map grows and expands a beautiful world of medieval castles, cloisters and roads unravels and it actually feels you might be in Carcassonne. Though there is not actually a narrative behind tha recreation, only a metropolis, elements of the sport fulfil their function of speaking the sense of creating the world round Carcassonne. 7/10


Because of the ever altering format of the tile-formed map, each destiny 2 trials carry recreation of Carcassonne will at all times be totally different. Furthermore many alternative approaches in technique might be tried out by gamers. The sport is straightforward and takes not more than 45 minutes to finish. All of the above components assure that the sport will often discover a place in your board gaming desk. 7/10


Participant interplay is what makes this recreation enjoyable. Take management of your opponent’s cities, farms and roads with devious methods. And if you cannot, simply make it inconceivable for them to complete that vast metropolis of theirs, trapping their knights. They are going to be livid however they may acknowledge your strategic abilities as properly. Discussing about the most effective placement of every tile can even set off attention-grabbing conversations through the recreation. All in all, not pure, clear enjoyable however you’ll spend many nice hours with it. 7/10


  • Stunning elements
  • Simple guidelines and numerous technique
  • Could be performed by players and non-gamers alike
  • No two video games are the identical
  • Addicting

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