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How well do The Gingerbread Man and The Crop Circles play together?

They are an excellent pair!
They seem to work well most of the time.
It really depends...
They don't seem to work well together.
They don't cooperate at all!
They don't appear to interact in any significant way.

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Element Match-Ups is a new series of weekly challenges for all members of CarcassonneCentral. Each week, an element from a large expansion will be matched up with an element from a small expansion. Your job: try it out and let everybody know what you think about the pair. Consider this a quasi-scientific survey in that you are only playing with these two elements and the base game — nothing else! Otherwise the results will be skewed. You have a week to try the match-up from the time the match is announced until the next match is announced (which usually occurs sometime between Friday and Saturday, depending on time zone).

This week our elements are THE GINGERBREAD MAN and THE CROP CIRCLES (from the Brettspiel Advent Calendar 2015). This is obviously a bit of a cheat since these are currently the ONLY two Christmas-themed Carcassonne expansions. Still, they are an interesting match-up. The Gingerbread Man scores bonus points for Knights whenever it leaves a City, jumping between Cities multiple times through the course of the game. The Crop Circles, meanwhile, force players to either double-up Followers or remove a Follower, at the current player's discretion. The only proviso is that the Follower type must match that printed on the played tiles (Knight, Farmer, or Robber). Do these two expansions work well together? I can definitely seem some level of interaction with the Knight Crop Circle and the Gingerbread Man. Perhaps they do work. What do you think?

The elements are set, the challenge is issued, and now it is for you to decide whether these elements work well together or are terrible companions. Summarise your experience below in however much detail you wish, and feel free to share any strategic advice you have for other players taking the challenge.

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2015, 01:57:13 AM »
I would have voted this as an excellent pairing if the balance had been shifted more in favour of knights (rather than thieves and farmers) with the new Crop Circles. Perhaps 4, 1, 1 rather than 2, 2, 2 would have led to increased interaction between the two expansions, and potentially led to some very high-scoring games!
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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2015, 03:15:10 AM »
I think it is an excelent pair as crop - snow circles let you add more knights to the city, thus earning more points thanks to gingerbread man. Plus now you have more of a reason to remove followers as well(sometimes just to upset other players - no gingerbread man >:D) . :black1-meeple: :gray-meeple: :neutral-meeple: :white-meeple:

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2015, 10:37:18 AM »
I think it is an excelent pair as crop - snow circles let you add more knights to the city, thus earning more points thanks to gingerbread man. Plus now you have more of a reason to remove followers as well(sometimes just to upset other players - no gingerbread man >:D) . :black1-meeple: :gray-meeple: :neutral-meeple: :white-meeple:

This is only true of a third of the tiles, hence why I voted that it was a good pair rather than an excellent pair as the opportunity to add/ remove thieves and farmers is of no consequence to the gingerbread man.

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2015, 11:42:22 AM »
I think it is an excelent pair as crop - snow circles let you add more knights to the city, thus earning more points thanks to gingerbread man. Plus now you have more of a reason to remove followers as well(sometimes just to upset other players - no gingerbread man >:D ) . :black1-meeple: :gray-meeple: :neutral-meeple: :white-meeple:

This is only true of a third of the tiles, hence why I voted that it was a good pair rather than an excellent pair as the opportunity to add/ remove thieves and farmers is of no consequence to the gingerbread man.

I just have the idea to make an expansion with a pendant to the gingerbread man for streets instead of cities. Someone who gives goodies (points) to people on streets outside cities. Any idea what his name could be?

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 12:51:08 PM »
The Merchant? The Peddler?

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 12:53:05 PM »
Martin?

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 01:09:37 PM »
Martin?
St. Martin of Tours? Good idea!

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2015, 01:27:48 PM »
Santa Claus? Pere Noël? Father Christmas? Saint Nicholas?

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2015, 01:29:21 PM »
Santa Claus? Pere Noël? Father Christmas? Saint Nicholas?

Martin?

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Re: The Gingerbread Man & The Crop Circles – Element Match-Ups #15
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2015, 01:06:02 AM »
Saint Martin of Tours seems to be a good Patron for this expansion.

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