When I hear “Carcassonne“, I think of a great tile placement game for 2 to 5 players. If you thought of the fortified town in southern France, you have a much better grasp of geography than I do.
The box says ages 8 and up, but our 6 year old has no trouble playing it.
Even though the game is named after the town in France, but you need good logic and spacial relation skills, not geography skill, to play this game.
The game involves placing tiles and meeples (a meeple is a small wooden token that is shaped like a person. Also, if you have a game with small wooden sheep, they are sheeples.) The tiles have some combination of fields, roads, cities, and cloisters on them.
The rules are fairly simple:
- Place a tile so that at least one edge is touching an existing tile.
- The edges that touch must match.
- You can place a meeple on the tile if you want.
- When you place a meeple, it can be in a city, in a cloister, on a road, or in a field.
- The meeple that you place cannot go in a region that already has a meeple, but 2 regions with meeples can be joined together.
- When you complete a road, city, or cloister, you score points and get your meeple back (you only have 7 to use in the game)
- Meeples placed in a field stay there until the end of the game, but can score a lot of points.
- The game ends when all of the tiles have been placed.
- If someone has a big city (or road or field) that is not finished, start a city nearby and try to join them together.
- Isaiah’s favorite strategy was to play a tile on someone else’s city that would close it off so they could not join to his city.
- Sometimes you can play a road tile that finishes the road right away. Just set a meeple on it so you score points and get the meeple back.
- Elijah says, “Do not forget to put meeples in the fields.” He also said to put them in the fields early. (I am not sure I agree with this.)
Gideon was having fun taking pictures:
Carcassonne is a wonderful game that helps with spacial relationships and geometric thinking. It is easy to learn but complicated enough to be fun.
If you get the Inns and Cathedrals expansion, you get a giant meeple that counts as 2 meeple, more tiles, and another color so you can play with 6 people. There are also other expansions, but we have not gotten to try the others yet.
Have fun playing (and saying “meeple” – because, well, how could it not be fun?).