Friday, December 11, 2015

Carcassonne: a Classic

Guest post by Christi K. 

Carcassonne (n.) – a French city built during the Antiquity and the Middle Ages; a really fun game that is fairly easy to play.

This is a tile-laying game for 2-8 players. Each player starts out with eight follower pieces. One piece is used for keeping score and the other 7 pieces are used in the game.

 Follower Pieces

The tiles are put face-down on the playing table and a starter tile (always the same one) is placed face-up in the middle of the table.  

 Starter Piece

On each player’s turn, a tile is picked from the draw pile and placed next to a tile that has already been played. The tiles are played one turn at a time. The tricky part is that you might choose a road or part of a city or a monastery and each piece must be placed next to a tile that coordinates. For example, if a player picks a piece with a road on it, they have to line up the road with an existing road. The player claims a road, city, land or monastery by placing one of the follower pieces on the played tile.

When a city or road have been completed or a monastery completely surrounded by tiles, the follower piece is removed and points are awarded. Those followers claiming land will get points for completed cities in their field at the end of the game. The player with the most points wins.

Examples of city tile, road tile, monastery tile

Completed City 

As you might imagine, this game looks different every time it’s played. 

The box says for ages 13 and up but our youngest is 7 and he plays with us all the time and actually wins quite often.

*Our family's variation: To make the game a little easier for our young children, we have each player pick a “bank” piece at the beginning of the game. That way each player has a little flexibility where and what they play.

This game has expansion sets as well. If you do not already have this game and plan to buy it, we recommend investing in the “Big Box” which comes with four expansion sets.

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