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General / Acquire all expansions, but in what artwork?
« on: April 19, 2019, 08:43:50 AM »
Hello  :blue-meeple:

Nice forum and community you've got going here. I've read a lot of interesting post throughout my mission to sort out which artwork I'll really go for.

My situation is this: I've played Carcasonne Big Box 6 at some relatives house a couple of times last year. We played with I&C, T&B and soon all the expansions included in that Big Box. When my mom asked what I wanted for Christmas I easily said Carcasonne Big Box. She said there might be multiple choices in the store so I told her that when she were buying one at all it was important she'd buy the most possible expansions since I wanted to get all sooner or later.

This is what she told the store clerk in the games store downtown Oslo, Norway where we live. I got the Big Box 5 (Doris Matthäus artwork) which I thought was sweet at first even though i thought it was weird that it was different from my relatives big box (Anne Pätzke artwork). At this time I didn't know Carcasonne exists in two differnt artworks. It was a couple of months since I played it so I didn't realize there where several artworks.
For my brithday i March my friend got me The Princess & the Dragon and of course this is in the other artwork that I have. I know that you can play them together perfectly fine, but I'd like to get everything in one artwork. Esthetique and feel is important to me.

I have some concrete things I'd like help in clearing up:
1. Is it right that The Catapult is not available in the old artwork?
2. Is it right that the base game in Big box 6 has vineyards where for instance the Big box 5 doesn't? Is the Abbey mini-expansions only available in the new artwork?
3. Is the distinctive German expansions in both artworks? I'm thinking abouth The Spielbox magazine-expansions like Die Windrosen, Der tunnel and also the german castles and Cathedrals.
4. What about the Spiel-tiles? These aren't too important to me. My choice of artwork will probably not be affected by these but, I'm curious.
5. Does new expansions only come out with the new artwork or both? Do they still plan on further expansions or is that era over and the only expansions coming are fanmade?

It would be perfect if someone had a table showing what expansions are available in what artwork, but I haven't found one. Here is a great overview, but it doesn't say anything about artwork

I prefer the old artwork slightly, but most important to me is to get as many expansions as possible in one artwork.
I also know that some expansions are weird according to many, like The Catapult, but I,m still interested in getting every expansion from The School to under the Big Top  :(y)

Hard to understand why they would suddenly change artwork when there are so many games sold with one artwork. Nothing wrong with the old one  :)

I appreciate every answer - thank you  :D

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