by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Current Retail Price: $34.99
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The southern French city of Carcassonne was founded on an important trade route between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Because of its strategic location, the city was often conquered and has known many rulers. As a result of this varied history, the city is famous for its unique mixture of Roman and Medieval fortifications.

The players develop the area around Carcassonne by placing land tiles. Each turn the area becomes larger as the players expand and add roads, fields, cities, and cloisters. The players may also deploy their followers as thieves, farmers, knights, and monks to control and score points for the roads, farms, cities, and cloisters. As the players have only a few followers, the wise player will plan his moves carefully and deploy followers when and where he can earn the most points.

For 2-5 players, though it is especially good for two players. Gameplay is about 45 minutes.


  • 84 land tiles
  • The River (12 river tiles)
  • 1 scoring track
  • 40 followers (known as "my people" or meeples) in 5 colors
  • 1 rule booklet


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  Great For All Ages
Matt Winckler of WA, 3/2/2011
I've used this as a gateway or social game for non-gamers. I also play it fairly regularly with my 5-year-old, leaving out farmers, and he does pretty well at it. It's great as a "grown-up" game that he can play. It requires no reading, and the rules (except for farmers) are very straight-forward.