Carcassonne is almost as well known as Catan. It was first published in 2000 and is still going strong. It’s like a modern take on dominoes, but with much more colour and charm.
Inspired by the medieval walled town of Carcassonne in France, the game is about building up a map of the French countryside one tile at a time, complete with roads, farms, monasteries and walled towns. Points are scored by completing features on the map that are controlled by small person shaped counters, commonly known as Meeples (from ‘miniature people’).
Like Catan, no-one is eliminated from the game, and because of the way the scoring works where some points are scored during the game, but some are not scored until the end, a player who might look like they are a long way behind could end up winning.
A game of Carcassonne usually only takes 30 – 40 minutes, so you don’t have to devote an entire evening to it, or you could play several games in a row.