The Carcassonne board game is named after the town in France. The medieval-themed strategy classic created a whole new type of game with its tile-laying mechanic and has been enchanting players for nearly a decade. As the game progresses, players lay tiles that have pieces of roads, castles and cathedrals. You have a limited number of meeple figures to claim unfinished structures in order to get big points as they are completed. The game is one of the easiest ever to learn, it is just two steps. Like most greats, while it is easy to learn, the countless paths to victory make it difficult to master. This is everything you could want to know about Carcassonne board game.
Carcassonne was created by German designer Klaus-Jürgen who was a music and theology teacher in Cologne. He created the popular game Carcassonne and helped create most of the other Carcassonne games. He won the 2001 Spiel des Jahres for Carcassonne.
There is lots of Carcassonne in the world. The game has 10 full expansions, mini-expansions and completely separate stand-alone versions of Carcassonne that have different themes like "Amazon".
Carcassonne has changed ownership hands very often, there are so many different sets of things, and everything is published in multiple languages. These three things group together makes for one of the most printed games ever with tons and tons of product in the world.
A meeple is any figurine that represents a person. The phrase was coined because of the Carcassonne characters but is now widely used.
That is the Abbot, not used in the base game. The Abbot is an extra rule where you can have an extra meeple to put on grasslands.
If you turn all the tiles over, the starting tile has a darker back. It is a castle to one side and road going through it. Be careful, the river mini-expansion that comes with the game also has dark backs and may not be used.
This is the river mini-expansion that comes with the game and is not required. These tiles will have a darkened back just like the starting tile. If you play rivers, all players start by taking turns playing the river cards first to get the board going.
The expansions can be ok if you are looking for something new, but generally, they have not been too well received. People just see them as convoluted additions that take away from the pure original.