The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Traders and Builders:
This is the 2nd expansion and it takes Carcassonne to new dimensions of fun and excitement.
Traders can earn players who complete cities extra points and builders enable players to place extra tiles, allowing the cities and roads to grow faster. A pig, properly placed, can enrich the value of a farm. Also included is a small cloth bag for the tiles, making it easier to shuffle and draw them during the game. The game has components for 6 players and is completely compatible with the first expansion. Thus, players may play with the original Carcassonne, with Carcassonne and the 1st expansion, with Carcassonne and the 2nd expansion, or with Carcassonne and both expansions!
Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Traders and Builders:
Finally here for all you Carcassonne lovers, another expansion. The Carcassonne: Traders and Builders board game expansion adds more tiles, more kinds of pieces, and a new dimension to game play. It's a great way to get more mileage out of your Carcassonne box.
Traders and Builders doesn't cost much, but it adds a lot to basic Carcassonne play. There are two new pieces in the box. The pig will help you improve your farms, and the Builder will allow you to take extra turns and build up those big scoring areas quickly.
The best part of this board game expansion is the new commodities mechanic. Cities now include commodities markers for wine, cloth and wheat. When you complete a city you receive the goods in that city and the person with the most of each commodity scored big at the end. This encourages the closing of cities and you'll find your opponents trying to finish them before you have a chance to.
We really enjoy the Traders and Builders expansion. It adds a lot to the basic Carcassonne game. For the low price to buy, it's a great investment in extending the playability of the original. We recommend anyone who is interested in Carcassonne to buy Traders and Builders. You'll find a new reason to play that older copy of Carcassonne that you may not have picked up in a while.
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Darryl's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Traders and Builders:
Hi all. I have a few things to say about this expansion to Carcassonne. I'm interested in reading any other posts here.
I love inexpensive games, and this expansion is really great value. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say it's a much better value than Hunters and Gatherers. This game is really going to change the strategy and maps that your Carcassonne game session produces, and at a much lower price. Between the two, I advise you buy Traders and Builders.
Another minor point is that the Pig piece is really not that good/powerful. It's cool, but I haven't found a way that it translates into significant points. Sounds like a case for house rules. Anyone else wanna write something about this?
And finally, AT LAST they included a bag. We can finally stop using that plastic convenience store bag we were using. People who buy Traders and Builders are in for a nice surprise in that there's finally something to keep your tiles in. Enjoy!
Glenn's Board Game Review of Carcassonne: Traders and Builders:
This is the second expansion to the original game, and contains 24 new tiles. While a few of them are fields and roads (and add new things like bridges) most of them are city tiles. Some of these have odd and interesting corners that can help finish those awkward situations in constructing your city. These new tiles, and few new rules, add another level of play. Now, instead of only striving to build your own cities, this expansion offers incentive to finish one that an opponent is working on.
The city tiles feature symbols for the goods 'Wine', 'Cloth' and 'Wheat'. The player who finishes a city - your own or someone else's - that contains one of these symbols, collects a token for each commodity in that city. The player with the most tokens at the end of the game, of each of the three commodities, collects a 10 point bonus.
Other additions include one Builder and one Pig. The Builder pawn may be placed in a city or road under construction. This will allow the player to draw and place an extra tile on their next turn. Also, Farmers will be able to place the Pig pawn in any field you control. This adds an extra point to that field; so every city scores 5 points instead of 4...which may be just enough to push you into a winning position.
The final addition is a large cloth bag. Now it is easier to store and handle the tiles, as well as removing the problem of having non-identical backsides. This game is playable with or without the first expansion - Inns and Cathedrals. However, it assumes that you own the first expansion as it does not contain the extra Followers to add a sixth player. While you do get a pig and builder for a sixth player, you can only get the extra Followers from purchasing the first expansion. (So, without Inns and Cathedrals it remains a 5 player game.)
We felt this was worth the money and a great addition to an already excellent game. We liked the new 'twist' of wanting to finish off another player's city. Rather than trying to thwart their plans, you may now have your eye on helping them get it done because of the goods it contains. While the opponent still collects his/her points for the finished city, you get the token(s) and the potential for the bonus.
We found the Pig is more powerful then it may first appear. That added point (per city) has tipped the scales on more than one occasion. It is a nice little strategic addition that can make for an interesting outcome. Overall we felt this expansion truly enhanced Carcassonne. It made an excellent game even more interesting.
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