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Quizzes, Puzzles and Challenges / Carcassonne Central: Advent Quiz MMXXI
« on: November 29, 2021, 03:00:47 AM »
Hi all,

For those unaware of what it is really going on, I will just break it for you: Christmas is coming!!! Again... So does Winter... at least in the Northern Hemisphere!

In preparation of the coming events, here at Carcassonne Central, a lot is happening behind the scenes. The Meeple Council is in session discussing whether phantoms should be allowed to be acrobats...

This is just a smoke screen, because the real agenda for today is...

The Advent Calendar Quiz MMXXI

Stay tuned, because on December 1st you have a date... Ahem... a date with DESTINY'S CHILD!

The Marketplace / Sheet with 3 sets of Russian Promos on sale
« on: November 21, 2021, 01:59:04 AM »
These days we can find a punchboard with 3 sets of Russian Promos at a bargain price: €250 (negotiable). The offer is on eBay-Kleinanzeigen:

Anyone interested?  :o

Today I exchanged some emails with Hobby World about the Solovei Razboynik and Vodyanoy tiles, and these are the clarifications I got from the designer of the tiles.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

Other Games / Caral, a new game by KJW on Kickstarter
« on: October 20, 2021, 12:57:39 PM »
Hi all,

I just came across this new game by KJW on Kickstarter. There will be two versions of the game a retail version and a deluxe version not to be available in stores. The game takes you to Peru and its old cities full of pyramids...

You can find the Kickstarter campaing here.

What do you think of the game and its mechanics?

In January, we got the following clarification from Johannes (HiG) on the HiG Discord server. I was waiting for further clarifications about the same topic, but it's taking a long time as you all can see. So I finally decided to post the snippet of information we got.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

Official Rules / Official variant for The Tunnel
« on: September 27, 2021, 12:19:06 PM »
The Tunnel is one of those expansions players may hate because it allows you to block meeples on roads very easily:
1) You extend a road with a tunnel tile and place a tunnel token right away on the tunnel entrance connected to the road
2) You never place the second tunnel token on any other tunnel
This cutthroat tactic can keep those meeples blocked until the end of the game if you are not playing with at least one expansion that allows you to remove meeples from the playing area.

You can check the rules here:

This said, some time ago I came across this thread on BGG where one of the a user posts some clarifications he got from the author of the expansion himself, Christwart Conrad. (For trivia lovers, he is also the author of The Plague and Mini #5 - Mage & Witch). Here is the thread:

The discussion was mainly focused on when the tunnel tokens can be placed, and it was confirmed that they can be placed at any time: before placing a tile, after placing a tile, before placing a meeple, after placing a meeple, after scoring... You name it.

So far, so good. What surprised me was that Christwart also covered this cutthroat use of his expansion.

In addition, I want to add another situation: A player places his big meeple on a road and another player continues the road with a tunnel, placing his tunnel token there - and never places his second one. So for the whole game, the big meeple is blocked. I didn't think of the possibility of such destructive play. I suggest that the affected player is allowed to steal the 2nd token and may place it immediately by himself during his turn, if the owner of the token didn't use at least one opportunity to place it.

What do you thing of the variant he suggests? Do you like it? Would you use it or would you use the original rules?

News and Events / The Gifts - New mini expansion announced
« on: September 13, 2021, 10:44:39 AM »
A new mini expansion has been announced on Spiel Doch! 2021/2.

Except this image, no other details have been released yet.

News and Events / Meeple Flags will replace scoring tiles
« on: August 18, 2021, 12:47:31 AM »
This is an spoiler about a new accessory HiG will be releasing to replace scoring tiles: Meeple Flags.

If you don't know what Meeple Flags are, check this out:

They were created by Game Crafter in the US:

There is also a thread on CarcC discussing them a couple of years ago, where I first knew of them:

After the introduction for the newcomers, let's go to the nitty-gritty...

As posted on Reddit by the creator of Meeple Flags himself:

After a couple of years, I have now contributed an officially licensed Carc product!

I was contacted by Hans im Gluck (European publisher of carc) a few months back about my Meeple Flags that I sell on the Game Crafter. Hans Im Gluck and I signed a contract, making them officially licensed products. I even got a tile signed by Klaus himself! HiG will apparently be making their own version soon for the European market that has a harder time getting TGC products overseas. I'm not sure if that matters to many people, but the folks who make Carc are actually really nice people.

I was excited, but there aren't many people outside of this forum that really would know what I'm talking about, so I figured I'd share here :)

If you check, Cundco does not offer scoring tiles for the time being, so they should be available soon.

This is great news at least for those of us based in Europe, since the shipping costs from the US were rather steep.

I'm looking forward to see them available soon on CundCo.

I'm intrigued if they will use the same artwork or will go for a C2 look...

In recent days we got the following clarifications by email from Christwart Conrad, the creator of Carcassonne expansions such as Cathars / Siege / Besiegers, The Tunnel or The Plague.

Following Kettlefish's tradition...

Question in BLUE

Answer in GREEN

Still open in RED

My own comments in  MAROON

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:

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

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

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!


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)


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!

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:

German version:

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

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:

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

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

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.,colors%2C%20especially%20red%20and%20green.

What do you think?

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