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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:

General / Re: Essen '19 special tile
« on: November 30, 2019, 07:55:50 AM »
Ordered! 108 USD for five maps, chits, ringmasters, tollhouses, and the Spiel '19 tile. A bit high for shipping but at least I'm getting a lot. I think it'll come with a free bag, too, so that's nice. I didn't see any point in the tin since I didn't need two other expansions.


After seeing the shipping for 1 map, I looked to see if I could find 20E worth of other stuff I wanted.  The only thing I really wanted was the toll-masters.  Ohhh well luckily I don't have the whole set, so I can miss another one. 

I believe I paid $39 for Cult, Siege, and 2 blank tiles.  I used an Amazon gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket. 

The good news is that I am basically done.  I am missing a few old art things, but they aren't interesting enough for me to worry about it too much.  I started collecting the new art until the 2 tile lame Spiel Doch expansion came out.  I have lost all interest in the new art.  If it wasn't for the Circus, I wouldn't ever use any of it. 

General / Re: Playing with double set of tiles.
« on: March 01, 2019, 04:11:43 AM »
I just wanted to say that you can acquire extra expansions and use the tiles without adding the different rules.   We like the tiles in Hills and Sheep (we also really like the shepherd), but never play with the "Hills" rules.  Abbey and Mayor has some really interesting city tiles configurations as well.   

General / Re: Carcassonne Promotional
« on: February 09, 2019, 09:21:07 AM »
So I get 24 flags for $12.99 which isn't bad, but what does the shipping cost?  I am in the US, but most people on this forum are in Europe.  The website won't let me check out as a guest and gives no clue as to what shipping costs.   I hate to say it, but my interest depends on cost. 

I have never played the dice game, so I am not sure how bad it can be.  It looks terrible.  The Cardcassonne game looks bad too.

 The worst I have ever played is The Discovery.

The Catapult is a bad expansion.  Is it worse than Wheel of Fortune or Count King and Robber?  They are all pretty awful.  At least the catapult is fun for kids.

Other Games / Re: Isle of Skye from Chieftain to King Review
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:51:15 AM »
I like the number of turns doesn't increase, but the size of your kingdom does.  I also like that you can't find yourself with too much money and nothing to buy. 

Other Games / Re: Isle of Skye from Chieftain to King Review
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:33:53 PM »
Another expansion came out for Isle of Skye.    The "Druids" expansion has an extra board that allows the players to buy tiles from it after the normal tile buying step has been completed.  More tiles is always a good thing and this expansion has some interesting new tiles.  The backs of the new tiles are totally different so you won't confuse them with the tiles from the base game.  Some of the tiles contain some easy to use special powers and others have new ways to score.  There is a new rule change the allows you to spend 5 coins to buy 2 tiles from the base game bag and choose one to put in your territory.  This sounds exactly like the alternative Carcassonne rules I have seen people use. 

Anyway, It is really simple to add this expansion to the base game and I don't think I will ever play just the base game without it.   I feel it is definitely worth the money and I much prefer it to the "Journeyman" expansion.

As far as the Journeyman expansion goes, I like it less and less.  If I wasn't collecting this game, I would probably part with it. 

We have played the Circus (AKA Under the Big Top) before and my wife loves it.  The fruit trees expansion works in a similar manner.  There are little disks that contain hidden points and everything works by surrounding the tile.  The similarity made the fruit tree expansion easy to teach.   

Review of the Fruit tree:
We really enjoyed the fruit tree expansion.  The points are nice, the game play is fun, and the rules aren't too complex.  I think I would prefer if the selling action was done in a different way (maybe a market tile, when a city with a flag is completed, or something).  The really big down side of the expansion is how dumb it looks.  I know the people of Carcassonne are known for poor urban planning, but building roads right into trees is just silly.  The 2 tiles that do not have roads, on the other hand, look great. 

Playing the Fruit tree with the Circus:
While they were easy to play together because of similar rules, the expansions do not work as well together as I would have thought.  The circus tiles and ringmaster meeple score a lot more points than the fruit trees can provide.  My wife scored over 340 points with just these 2 expansions and I believe fruit trees provided her with at most 40 of those points.  I lost badly, but I did score at least 30 fruit tree points.   The Circus is very over powered and it probably becomes less so when you play with other expansions.  We had a few clusters of 3 acrobat/circus tiles in a row.  Closing nearby cities or a small road with the ringmaster gave us 6 bonus points (more than the cities or roads were worth).  It also helped to have some acrobats near the circuses to grab extra points when it moves.   

I believe in a game with a lot of little expansions the fruit trees would be a big winner.  You can't easily score 30 or more points with the windroses, the ferries, goldmines, etc. 

I wonder if future new art expansions will continue to have the point creep of the Circus and Fruit Tree expansions. 

General / Re: Carcassonne mini's 1-7
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:08:50 AM »
Wow for 26 Euros, I would pick it up and I hate the new art :(n).  I haven't seen it for less than $60 in the US. 

I bought a set of blank tiles, wrote an "M" on one of them, put it in the draw bag with the other tiles, and when you draw it select one Market of Leipzig, then toss the "M" tile back into the bag.

I also wrote a "C" on another blank tile and use that to randomly draw and place the Carcassonne city-tiles.

You could also substitute extra Abbey tiles, the Gold Mine scoring tile, or the Festival rules tile.

Good idea!  I will have to give that a try. 

I agree with most of what you said.  I actually like the double tiles, but since this can't be placed like the German Cathedrals, I don't know why they didn't make it one big square like the Wheel of Misfortune.  Because they are double tiles, you can't throw them in the tile bag and have the different abilities show up randomly around the board. 

My biggest gripe about this expansion is the Amazonas piece.  It is incredibly lame.  I am not sure that it is the lamest around the world expansion, but it is the worst that I have.   Yes, we like new tiles, but noooo we didn't need more river tiles.  Any other tiles would have been preferred.  It would have been really cool if they added a temple, mining, or even something with Brazil nuts would have been interesting. 

General / Re: Worst Carcassonne expansion to date
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:36:11 AM »

3. Carcassonne Minis - I more or less consider them as one big expansion. To me most of the mechanics were not fun, not well balanced and added a lot of fiddlines for very little benefit. The only good part were Crop Circles.

Wow really?  I agree with everything else you said, but Mage & Witch, the Flyers, and The Ferries get more play at my house than Inns & Cathedrals.   

General / Re: Worst Carcassonne expansion to date
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:04:55 AM »
This is a difficult choice to make.   I may have to agree with you because I didn't even bother buying the 2 new Spiel Doch tiles.  As much as I don't like the Wheel of Fortune and the Count, at least I went out of my way to acquire them.  We will never play with the Wheel of Fortune and Count rules, but we do sometimes use the start tiles, so they aren't exactly useless.   You can play with the phantom rules without actually buying the expansion.  I enjoy the Phantom and own it, but buying it is a waste of money.

A lot of people are going to  :(n) the catapult, and rightfully so, but I much prefer it to Wheel of Fortune and the Count. 

We haven't played with the Barber-Surgeons yet, so I can't judge it.  I don't own Darmstadt or La Porxada, but those could be contenders too. 

Thanks again Dan.

Next Christmas, I'll have to find a new and exciting way to get negative points. :(y)

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