June’s Pick of the Month – Carcassonne

As the hot weather rolls in we need some games that are easy to pick up and play for all. That’s why this month we’ve chosen Carcassonne!

Carcassonne is a 2-5 player game, incredibly easy to set up, fast to learn and fun for all. Collectively you work together to build a medieval styled map inspired by the town by the same name from the south of France. Tiles comprised of, cities, farms, hamlets and monasteries and even more types with expansions.

The aim of the game is to collect the most victory points than the other players. You earn victory points by sending out your adorable little meeple out to collect parts of the map such as a piece of farmland, city, road or monastery.

A typical round would consist of picking up a tile, placing said tile in a way that makes sense (such as no clashing environments), placing down a meeple (if you want to) then scoring. At the end of everyone’s turn collect any necessary meeple ready for next round. Meeple on roads and cities stay at that location until they are completed (a city is enclosed or a road has an ending) whilst farm meeple stay until the end of the game. Be careful, you only have so many meeple at a time, use them wisely, but also remember it can also be worth putting tiles down to stop your opponents!

There are also other rules such as merging roads, who gets those points? Well whoever has the most meeple on them of course! There are the same amount? You both get the points! And even more, this might be easy to play, but it is hard to master!

If you’re also looking for a bit more than the standard game, there are expansions adding new dynamic and places to capture:
1. Inns & Cathedrals
2. Traders & Builders
3. Princess & The Dragon
4. The Tower
5. Abbey & Mayor
6. Count, King and Robber
7. The Catapult
8. Bridges, Castles & Bazaars
9. Hills & Sheep
10. Under the Big Top

So if you’re interested in something fun and easy to play in this warm weather come to the south of France and visit (or rather create) Carcassonne!

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