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News and Events / Carcassonne 20th Anniversary Tile Bags
« on: August 04, 2021, 08:33:29 AM »
Hi all!

Tired of piling your tiles in a stack? Tired of using the tower? Tired of your old tile bags?

Here you are the new 20th Anniversary tile bag in two sizes (normal and large) available on CundCo without any previous warning...



Here you are an excerpt of the product pages translated from German:

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Product information "Carcassonne Anniversary Cloth Bag"

If you don't want to buy a pig in a poke, you'd better choose our fancy new Carcassonne cloth bag right away (without the pig!). [N.B. The German original text was referring to buying cat in a bag... but the automatic translation used buying a pig in a poke instead, so you were getting the bag without the cat.]

Just put all the tiles in the bag before the game, instead of making many piles of tiles. Pass the bag around to draw a tile from it. No more piles falling over. No more stretching for the tiles. And small color differences in the backs of the tiles no longer matter. An all around clean bag .... Ahhhh...  thing!

The handmade and sturdy cotton bag is now available in two sizes:
* The large bag with the dimensions approx. 350x260 mm. It offers space for about 480-500 plates or 1,100 standard meeples

https://cundco.de/en/accessories/389/carcassonne-jubilaeums-stoffbeutel-gross?c=36

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* The smaller standard bag with the dimensions approx. 270x205 mm. It offers space for about 180-200 plates or 500 standard meeple.

https://cundco.de/en/accessories/388/carcassonne-jubilaeums-stoffbeutel-standard?c=36



PS: Speaking of meeples, I just checked and all transparent and frozen meeples are back in stock in all colors. So it is a good time to complete your collection just in case they were gone for a while before you could do it. Scroll down on the Accessories section and have fun!

https://cundco.de/en/accessories/

 

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News and Events / Interview with KJW on July 23rd 2021
« on: July 24, 2021, 03:42:04 AM »
Hi all,

Here you are a 1 hour-long interview with Klaus-Jürgen Wrede from yesterday July 23rd 2021. It was part of MegaXp Online, the Mexico Game Experience event starting yesterday. Hosted by a Devir Mexico representative, he speaks some parts in Spanish but the interview with KJW is in English. Hope you enjoy it.



It's good to see KJW after his recent heart surgery.  :(y) :(y)

Cheers!

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Dear all,

Spielbox 2021/4 features Carcassonne 20th Anniversary Edition. Sorry, no mini expansion is included in this issue.  :-[



Here you are a description of its contents:

spielbox 2021/4 - English edition
Release: middle of August but you can order from now on!

add-ons:
New tableau for "New York Zoo" (Feuerland)
2 new exclusive bonus cases for "Micro Macro - Crime City" (Pegasus)

The issue includes the cover story: 20 years of Carcassonne. An interview with the still acting CEO of Asmodee Germany, Alexis Desplats. 25 reviews (including City of Angels, Cryptid, Flotilla, Marvel Champions. The Card Game, Santa Monica and Sprawlopolis) as well as 5 children's games. The complete table of contents will be available here at beginning of August

8,00 EUR

( 7 % VAT incl. excl. Shipping costs )

Shipping time: 6-14 days




Here you can find the links to the spielbox eShop:

English version:

https://www.nostheide.de/webshop3/product_info.php?products_id=752

German version:

https://www.nostheide.de/webshop3/product_info.php?products_id=751

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In recent days we got the following clarification from Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server.

New clarifications are here to surprise you!

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

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News and Events / Carcassonne Central is back!
« on: July 20, 2021, 12:06:30 AM »
Hi all!

After more than a month, we are happy to announce that Carcassonne Central is back!

All the technical issues seem to be solved...

A lot has happened since:

* The 20th Anniversary Edition has been released by several publishers: HiG, MindOK, Devir,... but we are still waiting for some others such as ZMG.



* HiG stopped shipping copies of the 20th Anniversary Edition due to production issues: Some of the beautiful blue boxes were showing some ripples. They returned them back to the producer and announced they will be replacing damaged boxed.

* HiG announced a Paleo v3.0 with updated graphics to be released soon:

https://www.hans-im-glueck.de/en/news/Paleo-V3en.html

* Paleo is getting its first major expansion to be released in October (Spiel 2021 in Essen).

https://www.hans-im-glueck.de/en/news/Paleo-ErweiterungEN.html

* Paleo won the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021! It was announced just yesterday. So big congrants to HiG on this front too.

https://www.hans-im-glueck.de/news/PaleoKennerspiel21.html (German only for the time being)

So what else can we say, being so happy to have all around again! So welcome back and let's celebrate!


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Anything Else / Glasses for color blindness
« on: April 09, 2021, 07:20:47 AM »
Hi guys,

I just came across this article by chance and wanted to share it, especially with those of you with some degree of color blindness.

I don't know if you already heard about the EnChroma glasses. They use a filter to cut out the overlapping light wavelengths that cause poor color discrimination, allowing for a clearer distinction between colors, especially red and green.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2016/06/27/159088/how-enchromas-glasses-correct-color-blindness/#:~:text=Color%2Dblindness%20is%20often%20a,colors%2C%20especially%20red%20and%20green.

What do you think?

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News and Events / Carcassonne tile backs changing (APRIL APRIL)
« on: April 01, 2021, 01:40:35 AM »
HiG just posted this...

https://www.hans-im-glueck.de/news/ccdesign.html

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Wir nehmen das 20-jährige Jubiläum von Carcassonne zum Anlass eine wichtige Änderung vorzunehmen. Die Carcassonne Rückseite ist mittlerweile etwas veraltet und aus unserer Seite etwas Farblos.

Deshalb stellen wir euch heute das neue Design vor.

Beginnend mit der Jubiläumsausgabe werden alle folgenden Grundspiele, Erweiterungen und Mini-Erweiterungen ab August 2021 mit der neuen Rückseite produziert.

English translation:
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We take the 20th anniversary of Carcassonne as an opportunity to make an important change. The Carcassonne backside is a bit outdated and from our side a bit colorless.

That's why we present you the new design today.

Starting with the anniversary edition, all following basic games, expansions and mini-expansions will be produced with the new back from August 2021.

What do you think?

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News and Events / Easter Season Sale 2021 on Cundco
« on: March 19, 2021, 09:31:49 AM »
Hi guys,

Cundco has started an Easter Season Sale 2021 campaign including some games and a new module for Paleo. Check here:
https://cundco.de/en/easter-season-sale-2021/

One of the items on sale is a bundle for €9.99 containing C1 Castles in Germany, C1 Monasteries in the Netherlands & Belgium and C2 Japanese Buildings:
https://cundco.de/en/easter-season-sale-2021/376/easter-egg-carcassonne-mini-bundle-old-edition?c=92



Some mega meeples are also available:
https://cundco.de/en/easter-season-sale-2021/377/mega-meeple?c=92



Have fun!


EDIT: Added images.

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In early February, I asked a new batch of questions on the HiG Discord server. So far we only got answers for a few of them from  Johannes (HiG). I include them below while waiting for more.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

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Last Friday we got the following clarification from Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

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Last Friday we got the following clarification from Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON


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In recent days we got the following clarification from Freddy and Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server.

These clarifications override a number of previous ones from 10/2015 about interactions with halflings and double-sized tiles. These outdated clarifications can be found here:
http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=2125.0

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

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Today we got the following clarification from Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON





[Q1] A ringmaster can be placed in a castle. When the castle is completed and scored, does the ringmaster in the castle get ringmaster points for the acrobat spaces and the circus spaces in the vicinity of the castle (4 points in this example if any road was completed)?

[A1] No you do not get the ringmaster points. The rule for the ringmaster says "for expansions the ringmaster counts as a normal meeple".
There is a edge case mentioned for expansion 5 but not for 8. Therefore, no extra points for this meeple.




[Q2] So it considers the ringmaster points only for features in the base game... What about shrines or abbeys, then? Are they excluded? We are considering all monastic buildings (monasteries, abbeys, shrines, German monasteries...) as equivalent features.
We understood this sentence was referring only to the meeple strength... Not that it was not providing ringmaster points in other features.


[A2] No it's referring to everything. Otherwise you will run into problems (like the castle), because there are no 8 tiles surrounding it.  Same thing would apply to German monasteries.

So in this case, this will also affect any monastic buildings (German monasteries, Dutch & Belgian monasteries, Japanese buildings, Darmstadt churches) even if replacing the base game monasteries.

EDIT: Added example image and missing comment.

EDIT 2: There were an additional clarifications about ringmasters a few days later. Please check here in this same thread:
http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=5020.msg74391#msg74391

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Hi all,

I had a brief exchange with Christof Tisch of HiG about some rules questions about The Peasant Revolts. This is a continuation of the questions discussed on this post:

http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=4927.msg72670#msg72670

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

Cheers!

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Official Rules / Clarifications about The Fortune Teller and double turns
« on: January 22, 2021, 05:28:57 PM »
Hi all!

I had a quick exchange with Jputt927 and he answered a couple of questions about The Fortune Teller and double turns.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

Here you are the questions:

[Q1] What happens of you decide to place a Halfling or a German castle and then you get a double turn. Do you draw 3 tiles if you have two fortune tellers for the second part of your double turn?

[A1] If triggering a double turn as result of a halfling tile, German castle, etc then you would always draw the maximum tiles that your fortune tellers allow and choose from that.



[Q2] If you draw three tiles and the placement of your first tile grants you a double turn, can you discard the rest and place an abbey, for example? If possible, when could you decide this?

[A2] You would not be allowed to place an abbey or any other special tile. That decision has to be made before triggering your fortune teller and drawing extra tiles.

My understanding from this is that you may not discard voluntarily any tiles (except those that require a bridge to be placed) as usual. But if you have no valid tiles left in your hand, you would be able to either draw up to 3 new tiles again or place a tile from your supply (a German castle, a halfling or an abbey) you will have to draw one tile at a time until you can place it, as per a reply below. So you will not be able to place a tile from your supply (a German castle, a halfling or an abbey).

Hope he shows up again for a couple of more questions I sent him about being allowed to pick a tile with no valid placement to use any actions associated to them (Peasant Revolts, Wheel of Fortune) knowing you will discard it right away.

Cheers!



EDIT: Check some additional answers in the following post:
http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=5009.msg74142#msg74142

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