Carcassonne Review

carcassonne review

Basic Information

carcassonne review

Number of Players: 2-5 (up to 8 with expansions)

Age: 7+

Time: 35 min

Price: Medium – High

Introduction to Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a modern classic with easy game play, beautiful art, and good replay value. In essence it is a tile placing game where players create the landscape and score points by placing meeples. This style of game is a great for both casual and hardcore board gamers since it is easy to pick up and does offer a healthy dose of strategy into the mix. Great for all ages, Carcassonne is a must have, and with the bonus of adding more players with expansions.

How to Play Carcassonne

Caracassonne is an easy game to understand and fun to play. Each player places a tile then places a meeple to try and score points. Meeples have four roles in the base game; knights, monks, farmers, and robbers, and they each score points differently.

Knights are placed on castles and are only removed once a castle is completed. Each completed castle is worth 2 points per castle tile, just be careful because other players can try to take over larger castles and steal your points!

 Monks are placed on monasteries. To complete a monastery a player must place 8 tiles around the monastery to get 9 points and return the meeple to your pool.

Farmers are best placed early in the game and are the only type that you do not get back. They are placed on farms which are the green patches of land and the farms boundaries is determined by the roads and rivers. They are a commitment and at the end the end of the game you score up points based off how many castles are within your farm. Like castles, other players can try to steal points off you by placing meeples on other land and connecting them up.

Lastly, Robbers are placed on roads and are only returned once a road is complete (with a castle, monastery, or village).

When placing the tiles, the edges must match up with the tiles they are being placed against in order for them to be valid. This is where the main strategy element comes in as you are trying to maximize your points with your tile and meeple placements.

Notes on Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a great game to relax and converse over. I play it mostly at family-get-togethers as we have a beer, chat about life, and try to get as many knights as we can into castles. I love the simplicity of it as it made teaching new players a breeze. Highly recommend for any board game collection.

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Settlers of Catan Review

settlers of catan review

Basic Information

No of Players: 3-4 (can add more with expansions)

Age: 10+

Time: 60 min

Price High

Introduction to Catan

Catan is one of the most well-known ‘hardcore’ board games. It is one of the original four European style board games that started the board game movement back in the early 2000s. It’s fairly simple rules and resource management mechanics make it an easy game to teach, and a fun challenge to play. Catan is a classic and a much have in any board game collection.

How to Play Catan

Catan is a resource management game where you win once you obtain 10 victory points. You first set up the board by randomly placing tiles in a hexagon shape and then boarder that with the ocean pieces. Each tile, and ship icon, is then assigned a random value. The next stage is the most important part of the entire game, where you place your initial settlements. You will place two of each, starting with the person who rolled the highest placing the first road and village, then moving to the next player and the nest in the order of 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1. This initial placement determines your starting resources but also where you can build to later in the game. Each player then rolls the dice and then every player gains resources of the corresponding tiles if they have a settlement there. If you roll a 7, you move the robber to any tile on the board, and that tile cannot produce resources until the robber is moved again. Naturally some people will have more of one type of resource than others, so players can then barter and trade resources with each other. After this, the player can build as much as their resources will allow and also purchase development cards. Once someone has reached 10 victory points (by upgrading settlements to cities or with development cards), they win the game.

Notes on Catan

Catan was one of the first serious board games I played (after only cluedo and monopoly) and I instantly fell in love. I highly recommend this game for both casual and hardcore players for its ease to learn the rules, and its highly fun gameplay. While there is some level of chance when it comes to playing this game, with the right strategy and bartering techniques you can pull the odds to your favor. This is the perfect game for any family get together and is a great gift for any board game enthusiast.

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