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General / Carcassonne Cartoon Competition...
« on: Today at 03:38:14 AM »
...well, it's not really a competition as such, I just wanted to provide a catchy title! ;)

There are lots of quirky little aspects to Carcassonne that many of us here know and love, and plenty of in-jokes which have all become a part of Carcassonne’s rich and wonderful culture. While I’m not an artistic person, I wanted to celebrate this in a slightly different way by creating my own little Carcassonne-themed cartoon:

:blue-meeple: :'(

It might not be very funny, but hopefully it is at least something that we can all relate to, especially those among us who are horrible enough to appreciate a good old-fashioned meeple trapping like this! >:D :(y)

I’m sharing my cartoon in the hope that others might enjoy trying the same (and sharing their efforts here of course) as it was actually quite good fun and felt like a worthwhile way of spending some of the extra time that many people around the world have got on their hands at the moment. If the end result is that we create a gallery of cartoons between us then it will have been time well spent, especially if our efforts help bring a smile to the faces of those who need it most at this difficult time.

So, what have you got?! C:-)

General / Re: Charity Auction
« on: April 05, 2020, 04:52:50 AM »

Woa, i want all of thems ! Very nice !

I wonder, is the bids for spiel promo 2015 and 2016 already close?

Thanks a lot, i can’t wait to bid for those !


Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk

No, they are still available. I don't know what bids were received before the lockdown began but it's certainly still open so you will be able to bid when it starts again.

General / Re: Charity Auction
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:08:34 AM »
* danisthirty prepares to sell his house...

Those things look awesome Rosco! Well done on getting hold of it all! And thanks for your kind words too. Hope you're keeping well in every respect.

Looking forward to bidding!

General / Re: Charity Auction
« on: April 02, 2020, 02:14:14 AM »
Just a quick message to the winning bidders of Lot 4 (boxed Leipzig expansions with certificates). They are still sitting safely on my desk at the moment, in all their glory. Understandably, I haven't been able to get to the post office in the last few weeks as I, along with most of the rest of the world, have been staying at home avoiding all unnecessary travel. Rosco has passed your details on to me though, and I will get them posted out as soon as the situation has improved. Thanks for your patience! :)

I've played something like 2500 games via the (old) iOS app and love it as much as everyone else. In a day and age where there are phone/ tablet apps for almost every conceivable purpose, it's rare to find anything, especially a game, that is universally well-liked and which almost nobody has anything negative to say about it. I hope the Coding Monkeys are proud of what they achieved with their Carcassonne app, as it was everything that anybody who played it ever wanted it to be. I've even known of people somewhat surprised to discover that Carcassonne is actually a boardgame as they've only known about its existence through the iOS app!

The same thing cannot be said of the Asmodee app. I try to be positive about these things, but this is simply dreadful in so many ways. The UI is clunky and awkward to navigate, the graphics are ugly, the AI is stupid and the whole thing just feels unnecessarily bloated and clumsily put together.

That's sad. Maybe a stupid question, but will we still be able to play local games vs AI opponents after the servers go down?

Yes absolutely. They're not more likely to take pity on you and let you win though :P

News and Events / Re: Carcassonne - Halb So Wild (neue Edition)
« on: April 01, 2020, 04:41:05 PM »
I noticed the problem with the missing PayPal option when I tried to order earlier this week. I don't know if it's still the case now but some experimentation revealed that it was only missing the PayPal option if I was browsing the English language version of the site. If I put it in German (and relied instead on Google translate) then the option to pay through PayPal was available.

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Dominion online game
« on: March 27, 2020, 02:30:54 AM »
Yes, thanks for the game guys. Congratulations to Rich and his trusty "advisor" ;)

If I'd known how to play Dominion properly I could have been dangerous!

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:48:30 AM »
Thanks for that great report JB, and congrats on your impressive victory. I'm surprised you didn't mention your staggering run of useless tiles throughout much of the middle of the game? I was especially annoyed as I needed any ffxx tile to connect my double farmer and was worried he might never get joined to the main farm, whereas you seemed to be drawing ffrr after ffrr without any real purpose for any of them! Conversely, I seemed to be relatively fortunate with my tiles but it still wasn't enough to beat either of you. Well done, and thanks for the game!

I have to say, based on this experience the online server was up to the task.  I'll see if I can set my router up this morning to forward ports, just in case.

Other than the little NPE rave, everything seemed fine. While there appear to be a lot of people connected to the online server, few of them were actually playing so I guess this wasn't generating too much load.

Great having a pre-match call before the game with Squiffy and Dan too.

Absolutely. Really good catching up with you both. Looking forward to the next time!

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 25, 2020, 05:30:48 AM »
We use online server, but I wanted to try to understand how to setup "hosting the game", it seems much much more stable :)

Does a "how to" exist ?

Yes it does. I wrote a FAQ for JCloisterZone some years ago. That can be found here but is also linked to from the JCZ web page.

If you're unfamiliar with networking then it may be a bit of a struggle configuring your router to allow any particular laptop/ PC to accept incoming connections. However, it's all documented now as I had to work it out to allow us to play our first CarcC basegame league using JCZ in 2014.

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:33:25 AM »
from experience be careful, on evening it is extremely overloaded and most of the games crash.

I speak from experience

Thanks for the advice.

Does your experience of this extend to when one of the players is hosting the game rather than using the online server?

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 24, 2020, 04:40:07 AM »
Should we try to organise a game for this Wednesday evening European time?

Wednesday works for me. 8:30pm UK time?

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Re: Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 23, 2020, 04:58:46 AM »
Merit for you and I'm definitely in! I'm on Portugal/UK time (CET -1) and I'm available pretty much any evening these days!

Thanks JB. I'm hoping others will join us too! O0

Upcoming Scheduled Games / Keep Calm and Play Carcassonne
« on: March 23, 2020, 04:24:27 AM »
Hello all.

In light of the fact that many of us are socially distancing ourselves at the moment, and consequently cutting back on the kind of social interactions that we normal get through boardgaming, I wanted to float the idea of bringing back our Weekly Online Game (see here for more detail about of what I'm talking about).

The games would be played using JCloisterZone (download from here) which is free and offers a wide variety of expansions. I think it would also be useful to have a live chat/ conference ongoing elsewhere that people can drop in/ out of as they like. There are lots of possibilities here, but I'll share details once a solution has been decided.

The purpose of these games would be threefold:
  • For a bit of friendly company and light-hearted banter (without leaving the house) :(y)
  • To have some fun in the process :(y)
  • To play some Carcassonne! :(y) :(y)
I'm looking to schedule a once or twice a week online Carcassonne evening for anyone who wants to participate, or more regularly if necessary. You don't need to be an expert player as these games are all about providing some fun and company for anyone who feels like they could use some... which has got to be pretty much everyone given the current global situation!

I'm hoping this will get a good response, so please post here a) if you're interested and b) what days/ times suit you best for a game. As I say, we don't have to limit ourselves to one slot per week, but lets take a consensus to establish when would be most possible/ useful for most people.

Looking forward to catching up with you! :) :(y)

General / Re: Any new expansions coming?
« on: March 20, 2020, 09:32:38 AM »
I hadn't realised that having the meeples in 11 different colours was required. :@

General / Re: Any new expansions coming?
« on: March 20, 2020, 07:02:22 AM »
If you want all: 90,92€ plus shipping  :o :o :o

I think this item - - includes all of the tile sets from the other 6 sets so it should only cost €59 (plus shipping) unless I'm mistaken...

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