Explore the countryside of medieval France, and watch the landscape develop around you. Players take turns placing tiles (a bit like dominoes) which create a network of roads, villages, cities and monasteries. By placing your followers, or meeples (“miniature people”), you can score points for completing features, or poach points from your opponents.
No two games of Carcassonne will ever be quite the same as the possible combinations of tiles are almost limitless. Players can adopt a slow and steady strategy of scoring little and often, or invest time in a high-scoring strategy that may or may not pay off. It’s a quick game that usually takes 30-40 minutes, so you can play several games in a row if you like.
Carcassonne not only has a lot of expansions to enrich the game further (there are even two included in this basic set) but there are also lots of versions set in different times and places, such as the South Seas, the Gold Rush, the Amazon, even a galaxy far, far away.
Still need convincing – watch Carcassonne in action!: