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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: Today at 10:54:41 AM »
During the First World War, gold and silver became so valuable that the French citizens started hoarding coins which were still being made from gold and silver at that time. This made it difficult for merchants to give change to customers who would only pay in banknotes. The Paris Chamber of Commerce pleaded with the National Bank to allow them to issue emergency currency, and this request was granted. The Chambers of Commerce in other cities and towns followed suit, and in 1914 the Carcassonne Chamber of Commerce sent 600,000 francs to the National Bank, allowing them to issue an equivalent value of smaller denomination currency. They issued 50-cent and 1-franc banknotes. Another 400,000 francs were sent in 1917, and another series of banknotes were issued in 50-cent and 1-franc denominations. Also in 1917, they issued 5-cent, 10-cent, and 25-cent coins. Even after the war, the two more series of banknotes were issued in 1920 and 1922 at a value of 900,000 francs and 500,000 francs respectively. These banknotes were legal tender among the merchants in their respective cities, and could be exchanged for official currency if you collected enough of them.

Pictured below are a 10-cent coin, 25-cent coin, and 50-cent note. The value of the coins is printed on the other side. The 5-cent coin is also round but slightly smaller. The coins are made from aluminum and VERY thin; each weighs about a gram.

The banknote is from the 1922 issue. The 1-franc note was the same colour (both sides). The 1920 notes were blue/brown and orange/brown, the 1917 notes were red and blue (both sides), and the 1914 notes were brown/orange. (Slashes mean first colour on face, second colour on back.) The 1914 notes feature the cityscape on the back, and all subsequent notes feature the Aude gate design shown here.



I have the other notes on the way, as well as the 5-cent coin. I will share more photos when they arrive.


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General / Re: Tile List updated on Cundco.de
« on: Today at 07:08:03 AM »
It gets updates periodically based on spare parts availability. I don’t see anything new added to the list.


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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: Today at 07:04:07 AM »
Interesting how the Nordic box is in English.


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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: June 28, 2022, 05:47:15 PM »
Very interesting map!

And it seems to include the Dame Carcas story in all the languages listed....  :o

Yes, both the history and legend are included in all languages.

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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: June 28, 2022, 11:34:19 AM »
Someone on Discord found this cool map of the city and now it’s mine.










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General / I love the postman...
« on: June 27, 2022, 05:21:14 PM »
Eugène Viollet-le-Duc was a French architect who restored many medieval landmarks in France which had been damaged during the French Revolution. In Carcassonne, the tops of the towers were gone, and various modern structures had been built on the city walls for defensive purposes. He rebuilt the roofs and demolished the added structures to restore the city walls to their 1355 condition. He also wrote a book on the history of the city and its fortifications.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/18940/18940-h/18940-h.htm



You can also see in this photo how I’m protecting my coin collection: with plastic capsules.

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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: June 27, 2022, 12:17:41 PM »
More coins today. These are a few millimeters smaller than the others because they come from a different mint (Patrimonie Mondial). What’s interesting about this mint is that one side of the coin is colourized. Each design comes in gold or silver plating (over an iron base), for a total of 21 distinct coins.






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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 07:26:38 PM »
Rules available here: https://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?action=downloads;sa=view;down=667

The download page has a link to the playmat.

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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 06:48:15 PM »
Hey @Scott have you thought about tiles distribution? I was a little lazy and just picked Base + River and 4 abbeys and done.

That works for me. I'm not worried about matching the tile distribution exactly.
72 + 12 = 84 + 4 abbey tiles = 88

Here's a preview of the playmat.


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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 05:51:01 PM »
I've edited the rules for grammar and consistency with Wikicarpedia. I'm going to put together an 8x10 playmat a well, and then I'll share everything in the download area.

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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 01:15:22 PM »

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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 01:07:10 PM »
Of course I've been scouring the Internet looking for this and can't find it.

@carlium I'd like to see the Ukrainian rules if possible, with the intention of running them through DeepL. Are they in a format that is conducive to copy-pasting?

Official Carc tiles are 45mm square, so an 8x10 grid would be 360x450mm not including the border. Based on the image of the board, the border should be 10mm, for a total size of 380x470mm (15x18.5 inches). ArtsCow has 16x24" neoprene mats for $20 (before shipping).

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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 08:10:50 AM »
Who said I didn’t?


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General / Re: Крепость - An unlicensed variant/spin-off
« on: June 25, 2022, 08:09:18 AM »
[mention]Willem [/mention] needs one


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General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: June 24, 2022, 01:48:00 PM »
Today's loot!



Postcard version of the Dame Carcas legend, which I ordered at the same time as the puzzle but it came from a different place that took longer.
Carcassonne snow globe because @Willem showed me the one he bought and I wanted one too.
1 ECU (European currency unit) coin issued by the Carcassonne Chamber of Commerce in 1992 (before the name of the currency was changed to Euro)

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