Author : Klaus-Jurgen Wrede
Drawing : Doris Matthaus & 3 others
Editor: Z-Man Games
Numbers of players : 2 - 5
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Recommended age : from 7 years
Year of publication: 2000
Carcassonne is a tile placement game in which players draw and place a tile with a piece of the landscape of the south of France. The tile can represent a city, a road, a cloister, a meadow or a combination of these, and it must be placed next to the tiles that have already been played, so that the cities are connected to the cities, roads to roads, etc. After placing a tile, the player can then decide to place one of his pawns on one of its zones: on the city as a knight, on the road as a thief, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When this zone is completed, this meeple scores points for its owner.
During a game of Carcassonne , players are faced with decisions like, "Is it really worth putting my last meeple in there?" or "Should I use this tile to make my city bigger, or should I place it near my opponent instead, making it difficult for him to complete his project and score points?" Since players only place one tile and have the option of placing a meeple on it, turns go quickly even though it is a game full of options and possibilities.