Hunters and Gatherers Board Game - Buy/Read Reviews

Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

      by  Rio Grande Games
 
Product # RIO206
Ages 8 and above
No. Of Players 2 to 5
Playing Time About 1 hour
Expansions Carcassonne: King and Scout
Related Carcassonne
Carcassonne: The Castle
Carcassonne: The City
 
   

The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers:

This is a new game (not an expansion) in the Carcassonne line. It has new graphics, a new set of components, a theme set in the stone age, and new rules to match the theme. As in Carcassonne, players place tiles and put game figures on them, but with different strategies and results. Players have figures that can represent hunters, gatherers, or fishermen and place them in meadows, forests, or on rivers. They also have huts, which can be placed on rivers or lakes and are scored at the end of the game as are the hunters. Gatherers and fishermen are scored when forests or rivers are completed. There are special forest tiles that give the player who plays a tile completing a forest an extra tile lay of special tiles with special features. Players will like this game that features the tile-laying and token placements of Carcassonne with many new twists.

Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers:

Carcassonne: Hunters and GatherersThe Carcassonne family of games has provided the Rainy Day Games crew with many many nights of enjoyment. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers keeps the fun and excitement of the original while at the same time providing enough rule changes and modifications to provide a new and different playing experience.

While we don't want to prejudice anyone against the original, Hunters and Gatherers now gets played much more than the original. One of the big reasons is a streamlined scoring system which produces a different style of board. For example, in the original cities could become large and sprawling affairs with several players vying for control and often never being completed. Hunters and Gatherers replaces the city with the forest and it only scores when completed. In addition, there are incentives for completing an opponent's forest for him, perhaps even before he would prefer. This tends to produce a finer-grained map with most of the structures being completed.

Combined with the easier scoring rules, there are more tiles in Hunters and Gatherers than in the un-expanded original. The additional tiles and the different game-play means that there is rarely a case where you're stuck with no good tile to lay. Games move quickly and all the players are constantly working on their strategy.

Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, like the other Carcassonne games, is one of those wonderful games that families can play, as well as a group of friends. You can play a single game or three in a row. It can be played in so many situations by so many people that every games cabinet should have at least one of these great games.


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