The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Carcassonne:
A clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious.
Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Carcassonne:
The players develop the area around the French town of Carcassonne by placing land tiles. Each turn the area becomes larger as the players expand and add roads, fields, cities, and cloisters. The players may also deploy their followers as thieves, farmers, knights, and monks to control and score points for the roads, farms, cities, and cloisters. The players has just a few followers, so the victorius player will carefully place his followers in order to earn the most points.
Using a simple game mechanic and simple rules, Carcassone can be enjoyed by just about anyone. And, it takes less than an hour. That means it won't outlast the attention span of younger or impatient players. When we play the Carcassonne board game here at Rainy Day Games, we like to use it as a warm-up to a night of playing games or when a couple of guys have to make a pizza run. With it's great price Carcassone is great value for your gaming dollar. You'll never regret getting this game.
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Darryl's Board Game Review of Carcassonne:
My Carcassonne set is starting to wear out, and that's despite the good materials that go into this board game. It's true that some of my "hardcore" gaming friends complain that this game is too light on strategy, but I think it's just a case of them not being able to relax.
I can step up and play a serious strategy game like Tigris and Euphrates, even if I lose a little more often than is my share. And I enjoy doing that, but not every time we're sitting around has to be a test of mental skill. There's a lot to be said for having a very versitile board game like Carcassonne that can be played with just about anyone, anywhere. It's fun and simple and quick, and that's what it is. If a couple of my friends look down their noses at it, it's their loss, I figure.
In terms of strategy and game play, Carcassonne offers many chances to interact with your fellow players. If you've got a vocal group the advice and such can start to fly, making for lots of fun. Within the game mechanic itself, Carcassonne encourages players to battle for control of areas and try to disrupt each other's plans. Carcassonne is just a great board game, and I recommend it to anyone interested in getting a lighter game.
Glenn's Board Game Review of Carcassonne:
Carcassonne is a medieval city in Southern France. It is famous for its historic fortress dating back to the time of the Romans. Carcassonne the game, recreates that region with square tiles depicting roads, fields, cities and cloisters (or churches). On each turn, a player chooses a tile from a face-down stack and places it next to a previously played tile. Tiles may only be placed next to another with a corresponding picture. Thus, road tiles may only be played next to another road tile, making the road longer. Similarly, a city tile may only be played next to a city, making it bigger.
After laying the tile, the player may then choose to place one of his 7 pawns on the tile s/he just played. This pawn (or Follower) 'claims' or marks the corresponding area as belonging to that player. As Carcassonne progresses, each player tries to complete the area where their Followers are located. Doing so scores points, and the Follower is only then returned to the player who owns it. For example, if a road is completed by connecting cities, the player with a Follower on that road scores according to the length of the road, (two points per tile). In the same way, once a city is complete, by closing in the city wall, the Follower in that city scores for that player. Cloisters score points when eight surrounding tiles have been placed. Farmland is only scored at the end of the game.
The person with the most points when all the tiles are played, is the winner. Carcassonne is easy to learn and very fun to play. It works especially well with two players - although you can play with up to five. There is practically nothing to set up - shuffle the tiles and begin. It is good for anyone; children to adults - although it is not a child's game. There is room for strategy to help decide where best to place which tile, and when to claim a tile with a Follower...or even which portion of the tile to claim. Do you want to start a new city or place the Follower as a farmer in the field to score at the end of the game? But if you play all of your Followers too soon, you will not be able to claim any other tiles (unless they are returned later in the game).
The one complaint that people have with Carcassonne is the 'luck factor'. Drawing tiles can frustrate some players who are waiting for that one tile to finish off a large city...but it may never come. Or perhaps your opponent drew it and has used it to ruin your plans. To me, this only adds to the fun of the game and is all part of the Carcassonne experience. Some players like to diminish this randomness by having three tiles face up. Players then choose one from these. Others deal two to five tiles to each player and play from this hand, drawing a new one each turn. Overall this is a great game (not to mention addicting). Carcassonne offers simple rules and lots of fun for all ages. You often do not know who the winner is until the very end (when you add up the points from the pawns in the fields). I usually find myself disappointed when the tiles are running out - I don't want the game to end. Good thing there are expansions. This means more tiles and more fun!
Jeremy's Board Game Review of Carcassonne:
Once again a great game by Rio Grande Games. Carcassonne is a very easy game to play, and best of all it is a great short game to play as a warm up game for a games night or a cool down game when you don't have time to play a longer game. Virtually no set up needed for this game, and very easy to learn the rules. This game involves luck, but it is more like playing the odds. In a 2 player game you are more likely to get the tile you need than in a 5 player game, and you are more likely to get what you need if you need it early in the game than if you need it late in the game. This is one of those games that does a good job of balancing luck and skill.
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