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Still, it is a little expensive, @Mikeagan. The last time we ordered something in batch, the shipping within the US was around $9 plus those triangular tubes sold by USPS.

I contacted cundco asking for a different shipping company or different rates, but they argued that the high price is because of the insurance and tracking. This is not completely true based on my experience. When I bought my UK and Benelux maps, the package was missing, and DHL just said: "we cannot do anything about it."

Maybe trying to contact again cundco to push a little to change the delivery company could be better in the long run.

General / Re: Carcassonne: Carc Central Edition?
« on: October 17, 2022, 11:49:21 AM »
I just wish I'd had more creative input than just trying different drop-down menus until something pretty appeared!  ;D

Nothing wrong with that. I figured that it would be a way to fill out the complete set of tiles if there weren't enough "alternative" ideas. A couple of my submissions to Willem have used a similar approach, messing around with the Effects menus in Photoshop. The "Bold Strokes" one looks good.

Another option that could be interesting is to use some of the AI style-transfer software (e.g: They produce very cool results (sometimes  ;D).

I think Chmura is right.  Here is an image posted by Maksym Tkachenko  around one year ago. However,  I don't  know if Maksym is member of the Czech forum, maybe.

Good news - I'm seeing just the Ukraine map (not the tile) available to order on
Bad news - shipping to the US is quoted as 50 Euro.

One or  five maps have the same shipping cost; however,  as I mentioned some months ago in another post, the distribution and shipping here in the US could make it a bit extra pricey :(  ($11 split intl shipping +  $10-14 shipping and package within the US + $9 map and taxes)  :-\

General / Re: What is your least favorite tile?
« on: September 25, 2022, 09:45:56 PM »
The ugliness!  :o

News and Events / Re: Carcassonne French Championship
« on: September 11, 2022, 06:09:06 AM »
Thanks for sharing these photos @oldbonz it looks like the festival was pretty fun!

General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 06:42:01 PM »
Hey @Scott have you thought about tiles distribution? I was a little lazy and just picked Base + River and 4 abbeys and done.

General / Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 06:52:39 AM »
Hi all, in the past weeks, I have been checking deep into the Cyrillic side of Carcassonne, and I wanted to share with you something interesting. An unlicensed variant/spin-off of Carcassonne in Ukraine.

LaPorxada found multiple editions of Ukrainian versions of the game. All of them are notoriously unlicensed, but they follow the path of the Iranian version I posted some months ago. I mean, they do not use any HiG material; they change the title and some names to fit better into their cultural context.

However, this post is not about those versions. They are cool, but most are off print years ago. This post is about one edition that does not include meeple nor scoreboard, but instead contains a 10x8 blue grid and new mechanics.

LaPorxada and I were chatting about it, translating the rules, and checking some details, and I found it interesting; it is more like a competitive puzzle. Maybe there are some similar variants in the forum (I did not find any).
The name of this edition is a generic name shared by all other Ukrainian unlicensed editions, Крепость.

The game goes as follows (remember, no meeples are involved):
1. First player draw the first tile (no starter tile, apparently) and puts it in any square of the blue grid.
2. By turns, each player draws a tile and puts the tile in the blue grid. I believe that after the first tile, players must place the tile adjacent to an existing tile in the good Carcassonne way.
3. If the tile cannot be deployed, the player puts it into their reserve and draw another tile. This step must be repeated up to two more times (three tiles max per turn). The active player passes if none of the three tiles can be placed.
4. At the end of the game, the player with fewer tiles in their hand (or reserve) is the winner. In the case of a tie, a minor break match is played, but using a 6x5 grid space.

Things to take into consideration:
1. There are four new wild tiles (big coat of arms tiles); they can fit without following the rules of edges-matching (kind of like the Abbey)
2. Cities must not finish on the edge of the grid (opposite of Carcassonne maps).
3. Tile distribution is quite different compared with the Base game + River. But still, it is playable as a variant.

wild44 (Abbey tiles)

This game was produced and distributed by local companies; there are some traces of it on the Internet.

Let me know if some of you are fluent in Ukrainian to double-check the rules, or if some of you have more info about this.



News and Events / Re: Castles in Germany and The Festival in C3
« on: May 11, 2022, 06:07:49 AM »
Tiles look detailed, but honestly, I do not get the logic behind this conversion.
HiG has tons of other minis to convert to the capriciously-clipped-cities (C3 for short) edition. That would attract more people to buy their things. For example, if they convert The Plague, even people that do not like the "counterfeit look" of the C3 edition would buy them.


General / Re: Crosses in C3
« on: April 30, 2022, 01:16:21 PM »
I think this is similar to what we saw in Arabian editions and in the unofficial versions from Iran.

No crosses here and also a couple of new names, Abbots are Lords, and Monasteries are Fief.

The Marketplace / Re: WTB 20th Anniversary River tiles
« on: April 29, 2022, 05:56:25 AM »
What about the 20th Anniversary Expansion as well?

No, please no!!!!!!

The Marketplace / Re: WTB 20th Anniversary River tiles
« on: April 29, 2022, 05:56:02 AM »
Yes, I know that it is a strange WTB, but I wanted to give it a try.

I considered buying the whole box, but there are so many things that I do not like about that edition  :-X . But the double river tile, I like it! I want it!

Thanks for the best wishes,

The Marketplace / WTB 20th Anniversary River tiles
« on: April 28, 2022, 01:09:00 PM »
Hi all,

I would like to see if some of you have a spare copy of the Anniversary version and are willing to sell me only the river tiles.

I really like this river; it is the only thing I truly want from this edition.



News and Events / Re: Castles in Germany and The Festival in C3
« on: April 28, 2022, 11:45:36 AM »
Is this a "typo"? it says 15 and not 20!
That's the expansion for the 15th anniversary, it will always say 15 no matter the edition.

20th anniversary got a full edition on its own.

We're almost near the 25th...

News and Events / Re: Castles in Germany and The Festival in C3
« on: April 28, 2022, 08:36:12 AM »
Is this a "typo"? it says 15 and not 20!


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