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Strategy Guide / Re: Opening tile strategy?
« on: January 31, 2024, 01:48:44 AM »
Open strategies are often a bit tricky to determine if they make a significant difference to the final result.  Unlike Chess where the opening move sets players in particular decision spaces, I think Carcassonne has a lot more variability.  Like at the star of the game investing a meeple on a cloister might seem like a good idea because you have more opportunity to complete it; however there's more opportunity for your opponent to block it.  So would it be better to keep a meeple in hand.  I think it's usually too early to say at the very start of the game; and I'm not sure that the positions of tiles at the very start of the game greatly impact the end-resulting map.  There's obviously some significant tiles like the cloisters, or CCCC or RRRR which if they come out early mean that they won't appear later.  I think @wallaceprime did some research into Carc-AI. So probably has a much better grasp of what you're considering.

General / Re: Database of tiles
« on: January 31, 2024, 12:32:21 AM »
There's no officially recognised schema for naming tiles.  The list above is produced by a member of the Carcassonne-forum and Cundco publishes it.

You might want to read about this project:

Good luck with the project. Please be careful distributing HiG's assets.

News and Events / Re: Belgian tournament
« on: January 31, 2024, 12:29:18 AM »
Good luck with the tournament in March!  And thanks for letting us know about it!

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: January 31, 2024, 12:27:33 AM »
That's right!

Dan's Mustachioed tile is official too - KJW signed it.

I think there's an official milk sachet expansion too.... although his signature might have rubbed off by now.

Anything Else / Re: Trying to Debug Google Image Sharing Glitch
« on: January 20, 2024, 10:07:46 AM »
Probably a security thing to stop gdrive / photos being used to host images on sites.

@kothmann If it helps, I can set you up with an SFTP to upload images to that are easy to embed.

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: January 20, 2024, 10:04:30 AM »
A few posts up:

Well done! I dread to think what you had to do to find it.

I've always appreciated the idea behind this.  We've got a load of mis-printed score tiles.... let's get KJW to doodle on some paper-tape, stick them on the board, and sign each of them.  At least the proceeds went to a good charity.

PS: I do worry someone of low-moral fibre will use a lovely image like this and replicate it for ebay.

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: January 19, 2024, 04:49:17 AM »
Well done! I dread to think what you had to do to find it.

I've always appreciated the idea behind this.  We've got a load of mis-printed score tiles.... let's get KJW to doodle on some paper-tape, stick them on the board, and sign each of them.  At least the proceeds went to a good charity.

PS: I do worry someone of low-moral fibre will use a lovely image like this and replicate it for ebay.

Other Games / Re: KICKSTARTER (watch your purses)
« on: January 19, 2024, 04:22:13 AM »
I've not been on to Kickstarter for a long time now, but I did see this pop up. I picked up the base game at Essen this year.  It's another one of those silly but fun dexterity games.

I played with two random people and enjoyed it enough to buy it - I'm liking the look of the wooden tables in this KS:

Other Games / Re: New & Old Games on a Family Trip to Hong Kong & Taiwan
« on: January 17, 2024, 07:56:37 AM »
Thanks for sharing news of your trip!

I've been after something from Hong Kong for a while now, I wish I knew you were going, not that I'd have wanted to disrupt your trip.  That shop looks amazing!!!!

General / Re: would you open them?
« on: January 17, 2024, 07:45:20 AM »
It's been almost 2 months.... What did you decide!

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: January 17, 2024, 07:38:36 AM »
They look chunky! I hope they're as good to play with as they look!

General / Re: C3 Artwork Discussion.
« on: January 10, 2024, 03:02:40 AM »
I'd quite happily intermix C1 to C3, with fan-made tiles, and anything else if it meant that the game was interesting to play.

I had some minor issues with the initial C2 layout, because my brain with inadvertently separate areas of continuous features, but I now feel C3 addressed those issues. Specifically, the towers of the cloisters in C2 were too close to the tile edge in my opinion.  C2 also adds more contrast which helps brains isolate features; I made some comparisons using colour-blind filters which demonstrate this. I think C3 takes this further.

I think having a new artist and allowing them to explore and update the existing artwork, and add their own spin on it is important.  I think the comparisons in the German Castles/Cathedrals are better examples to demonstrate C3, compared to simply focusing on an aspect of cities.

I find it quite interesting how the audience has changed. When C2 initially came out, some members of the community were in uproar around how terrible it was.  Now that C2 has been around nearly as long as C1 ever was, most of the community accept it as staple, and don't like seeing changes happen to that either.

I agree that if you use C2, it isn't worth going out of your way to upgrade to C3. HiG hasn't recommended this.  I'm quite happy to accept that the artwork of Carcassonne is something fluid. It doesn't significantly change the game I enjoy playing.  In 150 years I suspect the artwork will look different, and there won't be any tree's left to make the tiles; we'll probably have to use clay to make tiny tablets.  I suspect the rules will be mostly the same, although perhaps a 2-tile city will be worth 5 points.

General / Re: Spin-off Rankings?
« on: January 10, 2024, 02:43:52 AM »
HiG consider Mists of Carcassonne a standalone game as well as an expansion, so I think that explains why there hasn't been a totally new "spin-off". Amazonas is considered a "standalone" game too by the way, so they're equivalent.  I believe KJW was working on one before the pandemic, and I think HiG has tried to focus on more solo and cooperative games since then, for obvious reasons.  We'll have no idea if some of the mechanisms in Mists were originally intended for the spin-off, or whether that's it's own entity. KJW has also been busy creating a few other games, he's a great designer, and it must be tough having to keep going back to the grindhouse when there are so many other areas of development he'd like to explore.

I think the retail scene is very different from a few years ago. Global distribution is more expensive. HiG has to consider the production cost and the market. HiG likes to use local manufacturers where they can to reduce environmental impact, and ensure staff are paid fairly for example.  Looking back at 2018, Carcassonne was still considered a/the 'gateway' game for a lot of folks.  Now, I think there are a lot of board gamers who have never heard of it or played it.  I also think the boardgame bubble may have burst for a lot of smaller outfits. I think HiG don't simply want to churn out another Carcassonne game when they are busy producing many of games to maintain their pedigree as one of the greatest board game publishing houses.  Most of the mini-expansions that Cundco produce have not been made available at retail, or at least never consistently. I think the difference now, compared to a few years ago, is that online knowledge, and sharing of new things, is much greater and easier for Carcassonne fans.

Anyway, most of this is off-topic.   I think you were interested in people's thoughts on spin-offs

General / Re: C3 Artwork Discussion.
« on: January 09, 2024, 09:14:06 AM »
I wasn't necessarily directing my response to you Chris6507, I hope it didn't feel that way.

If the Wonders of Humanities have been ruined by such a travesty, I guess that means you won't be purchasing it.
I really do think the decision is that simple. You either want to pay for the product as it is, or you decide there's enough wrong with it that you decide not to.
If you buy it, you're confirming to the publisher that the benefits of the product outweigh any issues you have.

I can't wait for the Escher expansion - I'm sure C3 will fit right in :D

General / Re: Spin-off Rankings?
« on: January 09, 2024, 07:52:17 AM »
There were some reasonably priced editions of Star Wars available in Greece last year.

I quite liked the fighting elements of Star Wars.  Sounds like you'll be busy playing all these spin-offs. Hopefully you can report back which ones are your favourites!

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