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General / Re: Russian Bigboxes
« on: June 14, 2020, 09:26:29 AM »
No this is expansion contains Mini 1 - 7

I have seen that listed on BGG, but have never seen one come up for sale, so I didn't know if it actually existed or not.  That looks really cool. 

Other Games / Re: Other tile laying games thread.
« on: June 07, 2020, 07:41:55 AM »
I just saw a review of Tang Garden.  It looks AMAZING.  I am really upset I missed the kickstarter for it.   Has anyone played it?
I also can't wait to get my hands on Minigolf Designer.

News and Events / Re: Carcassonne - Safari
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:13:16 AM »
I think it looks better than Discovery, Castle, and City.  That being said it doesn't hold a candle to Amazonas or South Seas.  The watering hole bit always seemed silly looking, especially when unfinished. 

General / Re: CarcII Expansions Made Into CarcI Artwork?
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:02:15 AM »
I am not interested in the gardens at all, but if anyone is going to go to the trouble of making old art tiles for "Under the Big Top", Watchtowers, Toll Collectors, Barber/Surgeons, or the Fruit Trees, I would like a copy as well.  I will gladly pay for all of the blank tiles (yours and mine) and shipping from Cundco to you as well as shipping of my copy to me. 

It wouldn't be fair for anyone to make money on these tiles, but I do believe it is fair to help someone cover their costs.  Plus I already own all of these expansions, except the toll collectors, in the new art.  I plan to buy the toll collectors in the fall when something new is released. 

I tried to make my own tiles in March and ended up throwing my color printer in the garbage after making a huge mess.  :-[

Official Rules / Re: Player sequence when auctioning tiles
« on: May 25, 2020, 08:37:24 PM »
So what you do is wait for the last bazaar tile to come out.  If you are definitely not winning the game, bid 1,000 points for a tile.  No one in your group will ever play with bazaars ever again. 

You are welcome.   >:D

In all seriousness, the variant rule is the way to go. 

Other Games / Re: KICKSTARTER (watch your purses)
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:22:06 PM »
Tile laying mini-golf game similar to King Domino.

I have stuff from Rio Grande, Zman, Giochi Uniti, Devir, Hobbyworld, HIG,and 999 Games.  The only dark tiles I have came from HIG, Spielbox, and the minis from BB4.  Everything else matches close enough. 

We have barber surgeons still in shrink wrap.  I guess we will throw that in the next time Under the Big Top comes out  :(y)

So for the main expansions, my wife and I find Inns & Cathedrals the most boring.  We each get the same amount of Inns and most of the time we close a 3 point road for a whopping 6 points.  A late game Cathedral can wipe out a lot of points from a big city, but there are only 2 Cathedrals.  There are some cool tile configurations in Inns & Cathedrals, but not compared to Hills & Sheep, Abbey & Mayor, etc. 

Hills & Sheep was my wife's favorite expansion for the longest time.  She can easily get 20-30 points from sheep alone.  Every time you get a boring road, you should be doing something with your shepherd.    The vineyards are nice, but the hills are pretty worthless.  I think maybe once per game they come into play with a shared feature, but we may forget to even bother with it.  The main point of the hills is to circumvent tile counting, but we always remove or add random tiles to prevent that. 

Using the base game and only two large expansions, most of our games are won and lost by 20 points or less.  The exceptions are #1 I destroy her if and when we play with barns or #2 I get destroyed when playing my wife's NEW favorite expansion - Under the Big Top (AKA the Circus).  Barns and/or Under the Big Top can add an unbelievable amount of points to games.  I should try playing them together to see if the score gets more out of control or we get closer to even...

General / Re: Best/Recommended House Rules
« on: April 13, 2020, 08:00:46 PM »
1.  When we use the Bazaars tiles, we play with the Fortune Teller fan expansion rules instead.  Bazaars as stated in the rules are not enjoyable at all. 
2.  Every player can throw up to 5 random tiles from other expansions in the bag. (This is an attempt to reduce tile counting).  Extra rules associated with those tiles don't count, so if I pulled a princess tile and we weren't playing with Princess and Dragon, she doesn't do anything special. 
3.  Sometimes we use the Count of Carcassonne or Wheel of Fortune start tiles, but never ever play with those rules. 
4.  We stole the "druid rules" from the Isle of Skye expansion.  It works like this, you lay 5 tiles down in a row before the game begins.  Before taking a tile from the bag, you can instead take the right most of the 5 tiles for free.  The other 4 tiles cost points based on how far they are from the right most tile.  So the leftmost tile costs 4 points!  Whenever a tile is bought or taken from the 5 tile row, the tiles are moved to the right and a new leftmost tile is added from the bag. 

General / Re: Board Gaming and Shelter-in-Place
« on: March 20, 2020, 02:50:05 PM »
We finally opened Charterstone and played our first game.  My wife likes it, but I really don't dig it yet. 

General / Re: Under The Big Top - revisited
« on: February 29, 2020, 08:17:11 PM »
We have played it with just the base game and with one or 2 regular expansions.  We haven't tried it with megacarc, but I imagine that would water it down a bit.  Then again, the points that can be generated by the circus tents are hard to ignore.  If you get the tile at the correct time and use it near a cluster of your meeple, points galore (possibly).  I remember one game I had 4 meeples near one tent and my wife had 4 near another.  I drew the flea, she drew the tiger, and that was a huge 20 point swing.   

In games we have played with Under the Big Top, the winner is usually 50 points or more ahead of the second place player.  In games without this expansion, usually 15 to 20 points is the norm.    My wife likes this expansion as she seems to win more with it than without. 

General / Re: scoretack conundrum
« on: February 11, 2020, 06:10:01 PM »
We just use the mayor meeple from the Abbey & Mayor expansion as our counter of loops around the track.  So if the Mayor is on 3 and the regular meeple is on 24, the score is 3x50 + 24 = 174. 

We never actually play with the mayor, so it works out well.   You could instead use the robber, messenger, ringmaster, etc. 

General / Re: 5-tile, 4-inn road
« on: December 21, 2019, 09:02:03 AM »
It makes sense if you think about it.  You only have 1 robber on that road.  He/she can't be in 4 Inns at once.   :green-meeple:

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