Carrcassonne and its expansions

Carcassonne is undoubtedly one of the best board games around, it's simple, fun and quick to play, and there is a suprising amount of depth to it, all factors which combine to make this game one of the greats, which all board game enthusiasts should own.

The success of Carcassonne has led to a large number of expansions being released for the game, at last count, there were at least 8.

  • The river expansion
  • Inns and Cathedrals
  • Traders and Builders
  • The Princess and the Dragon
  • The tower expansion
  • The Count of Carcassonne
  • The river expansion v2.0
  • Kings and Robbers

I think it is more than possible that this number of expansions is too much of a good thing. Not all of these expansions can be played in one game, but it is perfectly possible to use 5-6 of them.

It would be my advice to not do this. The game gets noticably slower for every expansion added, and the improvement to the playing experience gets less for each expansion added. I have played with all of these expansions, and I personally do not like the Princess and the Dragon, of the Towers expansion. These expansions allow markers you have placed to be removed from the board, which massively changes the game dynamic, most noted in a slow down in tile placement, as you have to consider risks that are not generally present in the main game.

For the best games, I would advise only the basic Carcassonne set, with Inns and Cathedrals to allow a sixth player to play, and a river expansion as start tiles. It is also possible to add any of the generic tiles from the special expansions without much loss in playing speed, and the different configurations are often worth the addition of these pieces. It is also possible to use the Count of Carcassonne expansion in a game, as the starting section, but this is not to the taste of all players.

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One Response to “Carrcassonne and its expansions”

  1. Gateway Games « toadflax games Says:

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