Carcassonne board game

Each game of Carcassonne reveals a unique environment as tiles form a landscape of cities, roads, fields, and monasteries. Claim these features with your followers to win the game.

Carcassonne is a tile placement game where players collectively construct the area around the medieval French city of Carcassonne while competing to place followers on various features and score the most points. First published in 2000, the game's accessible yet deep design has attracted a wide fan base and led to the development of numerous expansions (eg Rivers) and standalone titles in the Carcassonne line.

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  • I like the game. Be sure you have enough table space. Not sure why the community thinks its best with just 2 people as I've enjoyed it with 4 people.
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  • After Settlers, Carcassonne was my next introduction into the wide world of board gaming. As such, it still holds a very dear place in my heart. But that's not the only reason I rate it a 10. This game withstands the test of time and it is designed in such a way that the simple inclusion of 10 extra tiles and a couple of new mechanics can change the game entirely. I love the way the board fluctuates from one game to the next and I love the tension that builds up as the stack of tiles gets lower and your chances of drawing the tiles you really need become less likely. I also enjoy the subtle player interaction that can occur when two or more people are duking it out to win a certain feature.
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#Dinosaur Island is good for 9yr olds if you play the short game.  My boys didn't have the attention span for the medium or long game, but they did enjoy building the dino's. 

Other games my boys loved that would be good at 2:

#Carcassonne, #Forbidden Island (or really any of them), #Pandemic, #Raptor, #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Gameand #Dice Throne: Season 2 - Gunslinger vs. Samurai

When I got into the hobby I tried really hard to have a strong base and play games that people had deemed as classics. In my opinion while a good game is a good game a lot of those games have been surpassed by a superior game that does the same things in a better way. I would actually use #Agricola as one of the few older games that really stands the test of time. I do think the way it has been streamlined in #Agricola (Revised Edition) makes it easier and eliminates what can be a real glut of sorting through expansion content but while I think it has many games that are similar I think it still stands up. 

I actually think this is one of the best uses of the BGG Top 100 because I think it's difficult for a game to maintain at a high level over time and it's also easy to see the games that have really dropped off. I personally think #7 Wonders holds up well, it isn't even close to my favorite drafting game, due to its player count. I feel similarly about games like #Power Grid and #Race for the Galaxy where there are games that do the same things I like better but they are still good games. I think #Pandemic is one of the best gateway games out there and I'm typically not a fan of co-ops. I think most Rosenburg and Feld games hold up, with some like #Le Havre being as good now as they were when they came out. #El Grande is another game to me that really stands up.

I think games like #Carcassonne #Caylus #Ticket To Ride and #Stone Age would be examples of games that have passed their prime and we now have better games to play that do the same things. 

You know I've yet to play #Carcassonne but I liked their approach with the expansions. My favorite expansion so far is #Tuscany: Essential Edition. #Root is an obvious one with great expansions but too bad I don't have the right group to play with often!

It might be an obvious and old one but I like how #Carcassonne and its expansion work. There are so many and thei effects vary so much, it's like cooking a different dish every time. depending on which kids of the family are participating, themese and number of expansion are chosen. While the effects are in the same line, they bring different flavours and the combinations of the two make interesting games.


I like when an expansion does 3 things

  • fix a rule to make it more elegant, more tactical and more fun in general
  • add more componets  in line with the existing ones but an extra choice, giving a whole new meaning to existing pieces and content. A dramatic increase of permutations thanks to just a few extra bits
  • Makes replayability increase in an exponential  fashion
  • It's a bummer if expansions aren't compatible though. You want to play -everything- :D

I don't know who you are playing with, nor do I know your tastes. So, don't take my recomendations too seriously. But, some that I have enjoyed, in addition to what you posted, include:


I am not a huge coop fan, but many people are, and if that includes you you could add #Pandemic / #Forbidden Island / #Forbidden Desert

Many people really enjoy #7 Wonders. I myself enjoyed the #Sushi Go Party! quite a bit more fore a drafting game. I here a more modern drafting game t hat beats both of those is #It's a Wonderful World.

I think #Dominion: Second Edition is a the closest thing you can get to a collection essential.

I'm a sucker for expansions and lukily I don't own much games that feature a lot of expansions.

I don't buy a lot of games but I like to to get the most out of them. In that perspective, buying expansions is a logic reflex :D
There isn't much on the the wishlist now though

I still have to give #Paladins of the West Kingdom a good playthrough but the expansion they just announced is already being eyed.

It still feels fun to throw in a bunch of expansions in a good old #Carcassonne game :D

As a big #Star Wars: Rebellion,  it was a no brainer to go for #Star Wars Rebellion: Rise of the Empire
It could use another expansion or a bunch of miniatures instead of standees though :D

Yeah I think it was a $150 card (pretty cool!) so they averaged around $30. I think #Carcassonne and #King of Tokyo were in there. I don't remember what else was.

I like sleeves - shuffling is easy and I don't worry about my cards nearly as much. A couple of games of #Evolution: Climate watching my friends eat Doritos then lick their fingers then touch my cards I was like...yeah I can't handle this. The only issue with sleeves is that cards often no longer fit in the game's insert. I trash a lot of inserts.

On vacation with the family and In-Laws so gaming has been plentiful so far this week.  First night I was on a team with my five year old playing#Ticket To Ride First Journey against my daughter, wife and father in law.  Little man did fantastic matching up the locations by picture (just starting to read and the city names are still too long for him) and made excelllent draws and we ended up winning.

Last night I got to play my second ever game of#Wingspan and we played with 4 players.  I'm totally hooked on the game now even though I came in last but my wife took the prize on her first time playing.  I hope to get one or two more rounds in this week.

Tonight I am playing scenario 7 of#Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion with my four solo characters and so far so good.  Since we are on vacation I can leave everything set up to get at least one more round in before we leave.

Tomorrow we are going to play either#Carcassonne or start the #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris campaign with 3 players.  I can update later on how it plays out the rest of the week.

So is each player creating their own set of tiles or is it a shared construction like in #Carcassonne

Nice, I'll keep an eye out for that!

Cool to see Valley of the Kings in there; I haven't played but we recently backed #Dale of Merchants 3 and I've seen it compared favorably to VotK, so I feel like this is a half endorsement for Dale of Merchants haha.

Our favorite bigger game for the two of us is definitely #Everdell. It's very satisfying to play and feels different pretty much every time. Plus you can't really be very mean to each other, so it goes over nicely with my wife, haha. We also get in a fair amount of #Kingdomino, #Carcassonne, #Century: Golem Edition, and a few others. Oh like #Wingspan...forgot that one, though we haven't done it at 2p in a while.

I got one game of #Carcassonne in on Sunday. 

I am still super busy, but I did manage to get in a game of #Carcassonne with my wife on sunday. 

  • #Carcassonne @ 2p
  • #King of New York @ 2p - played this for the first time. It's pretty cool! A little more going on than #King of Tokyo, but still least enough to teach in a few minutes. I'm looking forward to playing with a higher player count.
  • #Santorini @ 2p. It had been a while since I played this - one of my favorites.
  • #Concordia @ 2p - my wife beat me by 10 points. I had more cards but she put out all of her houses and therefore ended the game.
  • #Everdell @ 2p - my wife crushed me. I had a decent game but she had a great one. I love this game. So much combo potential.

I really didn't think I would have so many, as a lot of my games collection is curated to appeal to the four people I can actually play with regularly, which includes a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. But here's my list:

  1. #Wingspan
  2. #Pandemic
  3. #Carcassonne
  4. #7 Wonders Duel
  5. #Santorini
  6. #Catan
  7. #Kingdomino
  8. #King of Tokyo
  9. #Forbidden Island
  10. #Clank!
  11. #Coup
  12. #Sushi Go!
  13. #Ticket to Ride: Europe
  14. #Dixit
  15. #The Resistance
  16. #Takenoko
  17. #Mysterium
  18. #Stone Age
  19. #Hive
  20. #Magic: The Gathering

I can see what you mean about the game playing you rather than the other way around, although that isn't that unusual if you think about games such as #Ticket To Ride or #Carcassonne where you kind of just follow where the game takes you. Neither get anywhere near top of my list but can be a nice relaxing option if your brain is fried

  1. #Viticulture: Essential Edition
  2. #Wingspan
  3. #Azul
  4. #7 Wonders (having issues getting this one to link)
  5. #Carcassonne
  6. #7 Wonders Duel (same issue ^ )
  7. #Concordia (just ordered it)
  8. #Santorini
  9. #Kingdomino
  10. #Jaipur
  11. #King of Tokyo
  12. #Everdell
  13. #Sushi Go Party!
  14. #Lost Cities
  15. #Hive

So...most of my collection are in BGA's top 100, haha. I'm guessing #Tiny Towns will make it in there eventually (119 overall), and I wish #Evolution: Climate (181 overall) and #Oceans (not ranked yet) were in there, haha. Those probably don't have as wide appeal, though, so I understand why they're not. I think Oceans has the potential to appeal to a wider audience than Evolution does, so we'll see what happens there, as more people get the opportunity to try it, since it's making it to retail now.

Haha, we haven't found that so far. I find this happens more frequently in #Carcassonne, which is another one we play fairly often.

We have played #The Castles of Burgundy and she liked it, I am hoping that that becomes a favorite of ours as we play it more!

I guess it is a big gathering. When we get together with my dad's family there are usually 80ish people if everyone is there. So I'm not really use to thinking of it as big. 

They really enjoy: CarcassonneCatan especially with the Cities and Knights expansion, Dominion: Second Edition, two somewhat heavier games that usually come out are Power Grid and Acquire

Edit: PandemicForbidden Island, and Ticket To Ride are done others that get played. 

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