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General / Re: Carcassonne: How it SHOULD be played
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:23:17 AM »
I especially like when the carcasses get sucked into the nightmarish grey hellscape! and the water slide. My river will now be referred to as a water slide. :))

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Official Rules / Re: Quick flying machines question
« on: May 31, 2018, 02:21:41 PM »
As you stated, it is unnecessary to use the flying machine and die to claim a feature attached to the tile you just placed. I think they were just trying to simplify the rules as much as possible. If they say "You can't use the flying machine to claim a completed feature," then it makes it so much easier, than listing the exception you are interested in. So the answer to your question is that it makes the rules simpler without having to list any special cases or exceptions.

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General / Re: Carcassonne mentioned in Church Sermon
« on: April 24, 2018, 02:57:33 PM »
And it was one of the options to one of the questions (BoardGames topic) in today's Pointless Quiz on UK TV ... lowest score of the round, too - not surprisingly
The episode is now on youtube: The relevant clip starts at about 30:00.

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General / Re: Carcassonne and extensions - Compatabilty
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:58:04 PM »
Excellent question. In some of the new small expansions, the rules specifically state that you should use these smaller expansions at your own risk with other large and small expansions since the publisher will not clarify any rules for this. That being said, the main problem with mixing expansions is that the added scoring/placement/etc rules compound together and may make it more confusing for some.

The basic guidelines are that you should have only one set of start tiles and discard all others. The base game comes with a single start tile. Other start tile sets include the River, the River II, The City of Carcassonne, The Markets of Leipzig, Wheel of Fortune, and a few others. Of course, many ignore these guidelines and just use whatever they want.

Exp 1 Inns and Cathedrals, Exp 2 Traders and Builders, Exp 5 Abbey and Mayor, and Exp 9 Hills and Sheep can usually be included with any other expansion without any trouble. Princess and Dragon, the Tower, Bridges Castles and Bazaars, and Under the Big Top are slightly more cumbersome with the rules and are usually less streamlined when diluted with a bunch of extra expansions thrown in.

Other small expansions like the Plague, the King, and some of the six minis become very unbalanced when you use too many expansions together. I find the best games for me are at most 2 large expansions and 1-3 small expansions. I like to play with everything too sometimes, but I usually forget steps and miscount scores or miss scoring opportunities entirely when I do this.

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General / Carcassonne Expansion Randomizer App
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:46:27 AM »
Someone needs to create a Carcassonne Expansion Randomizer App, so that I can randomly decide what expansions to play with each time I play. I did find a quick work around for this though. I downloaded an app from the Google Play Store called Random Name Picker. In the app I created a list with all my expansions in it. Then I just have to hit the "Choose" button once for a shorter game, or two or three times for a longer game. The app picks the expansions for me. If there already is a Carcassonne Randomizer app out there, just let me know, cuz I couldn't find one. I have no skill in this regard, but I might learn how just for this.

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General / Re: Carcassonne mentioned in Church Sermon
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:28:47 AM »
And it was one of the options to one of the questions (BoardGames topic) in today's Pointless Quiz on UK TV ... lowest score of the round, too - not surprisingly
I tried to watch this episode online, but sadly since I'm not in the UK, it's blocked.  >:( I was looking at the bbc.co.uk website. Is it available somewhere else online, that isn't region locked?

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General / Carcassonne mentioned in Church Sermon
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:12:47 AM »
So, I was watching the world-wide conference for my church on Saturday and one of the speakers mentioned the town of Carcassonne. My wife and kids were like, "Hey!? What? I thought Carcassonne was just a game!" I had a good chuckle explaining that Carcassonne the game, was named after an actual real place. My sister told me later that she was confused too, since she'd only ever heard the name "Carcassonne" while playing the game with me. I posted the relevant clip here.
There is a link to the entire speech in the youtube description.
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2018/04/media/session_1_talk_12/5761508934001?lang=eng

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Official Rules / Re: Magic Portal to an unoccupied Monastery..?
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:50:37 AM »
Yes, the only criteria for the magic portal are that the feature is both unoccupied and incomplete when placing the tile. Whether it has been scored or not or otherwise previously occupied is irrelevant.

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Official Rules / Re: Traders & Builders Question
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:45:13 AM »
Just to clarify: when a city with goods is completed, points for the city are scored as normal (to the person(s) with meeple plurality) and goods tokens are distributed to the person who just played that last tile. There are no points awarded for the tokens at this time. Points for goods tokens are part of the end-game scoring.

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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:49:09 AM »
I'm in possession of the item pictured.  8) I'll open it up tonight and show the contents then.

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News and Events / Re: Carcassonne Expansion #4 The Tower [Z-MAN]
« on: March 23, 2018, 11:35:25 AM »
Ordered mine last night and it's shipping out today.   :D

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Are quinces popular in Europe, because I don't think I've ever eaten one. They definitely aren't very popular in the US. I might have to see if I can get one in the produce department of my local supermarket, just to say I've eaten all of the fruit from the Ă–bstbaume expansion.  :P

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