Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Carcassonne?
Carcassonne is a board game that was first published in 2000. It is named after the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne in southern France, which is famous for its fortified walls and citadel. The game is designed for 2-5 players and can be played in about 30-45 minutes.
The game consists of tiles depicting various features of a medieval landscape, such as roads, cities, and fields. Players take turns drawing and placing tiles on the board, trying to create the most advantageous combinations of features to score points. They can also place "meeples" (small wooden figures) on the board to claim ownership of certain features and earn points when those features are completed.
Carcassonne is known for its simple rules, strategic gameplay, and high replayability. It has won numerous awards and has been translated into many languages. It is also available in digital form for online play.
2. Are there expansions for Carcassonne?
Yes, there are many expansions and variations available for Carcassonne, which can add new mechanics, tiles, and strategies to the game. Here are some of the most popular expansions:
1. Inns & Cathedrals: adds new tiles and meeples, including inns that double the value of roads and cathedrals that triple the value of cities.
2. Traders & Builders: adds new tiles and meeples that allow players to trade goods and score bonus points for completing certain features.
3. The Princess & The Dragon: adds new tiles and meeples that introduce a dragon that can destroy features and a princess that can protect them.
4. Abbey & Mayor: adds new tiles and meeples that allow players to build abbeys to complete cities and mayors to score bonus points for farms.
5. Hills & Sheep: adds new tiles and meeples that introduce hills that make it harder to complete features and sheep that can be collected for points
6. The River: adds a starting river tile and additional river tiles to create a more varied landscape.
There are also many other expansions, mini-expansions, and standalone games that use the Carcassonne mechanics, such as Carcassonne: Safari, Carcassonne: Star Wars, and Carcassonne: South Seas.