- Year published: 2000
- Number of players: 2-4
- Age: 8 +
- Time: 45 -60 minutes
- Genre: Tactics - Interactive
Each turn you draw a square card and place it in conjunction with other cards available on the table, to expand the land of Carcassonne. You can then choose the right pieces to place on that square card to earn points. You can not place pieces if you want, because if you run out of pieces you will not be placed anymore.
When it comes to the legends that marked the birth of the Euro game series with simple rules but many tactics, the first two names that remind me are Catan and Carcassonne. It's hard to say if Carcassonne was the first game to use the Tile Placement mechanic, but it's certainly the most successful, followed by a slew of games with similar gameplay - enough to see the impact.
Carcassonne succeeds because of its simple, easy-to-teach rules, it's a game that can suit anyone - from novices to veterans. But to keep someone playing for the long term, it's the strategy that matters. You don't have to be confused by a multitude of complicated choices like in other games, where you only draw 1 card each turn, decide where it is matched, and what type of piece to place. The number of your choices will increase gradually as the chessboard is expanded.
If you have called yourself a board game fan, like it or not, you must experience Carcassonne once, to understand one of the monuments of this industry. Not too excellent, but no one can deny the popularity of Carcassonne and the addiction it brings to players. You could be the next to prove it.