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Unless you've been living in a cardboard box - you're probably aware that tomorrow is the start of GenCon. Gen Con is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world!

When is it?
It runs from 30th July until the 2nd August, 2015.

Anyone who cannot attend, is implicitly a 'GenCanter'.

#GenCant was established in 2014 for those unable to attend GenCon -

We're going to be running a small contest over the GenCon Period. The rules are quite simple:
  • Play a basic Carcassonne game, on your own (1-player)
  • Take a screenshot or photo at the end
  • Post it here in the forum with the result
Or post it on Twitter with the following on the end of the tweet:

#GenCantSoloCon #GenCant @carcassonne

You may:
Play a digital Carcassonne (like JCloisterZone) and take a screenshot OR you can play analogue Carcassonne and tally your score.

So long as it's the 72-tile Basic Carcassonne you're taking part in #GenCant!

What do I need?
JCloisterZone allows you to play 1-player Carcassonne.

If you need help getting JCloisterZone running, there's usually plenty of people in the #cc-league chatroom willing to help!

More Details
The Contest is now open, and will run until midnight 2nd August!
Enter as many times as you like!

How many points can you score?

Leader Board:
Leven - 303
Jėrė - 297
@AvlinMaker89 - 286
DecarSnr - 282 (but a bit late)
jma03 - 280 (but a bit late)

danisthirty - 279
Quevy - 276
jungleboy - 271
dustyu - 271
Merlin_89 - 268
Rosco - 267
Paul - 266
Rich_The_Fish - 263
sagawalt - 263
laguse - 252
Lukey-Dukey - 250
Elodieden - 248
SRBO - 246
Halfling - 246 (no photo :()
Steve Jones (via Twitter: @stephan_jones13) - 243
Decar - 241
kettlefish - 234
Curt194 - 231  (not 321 :P)
squirealex - 229
Brandon Dean ‏(@choirmage) - 224.
uniconfis - 224
Ailurus - 222
Nick Shaw (@njshaw2) - 213
Douglas Ward -  ‏@binaryflow - 128 points

Running Total Leader Board:
Let's just say Paul won:  30 games played

Honourable Mention:
Decar Senior - 282

My Dad attempted this over the weekend, he got back to me today.  I found out on Sunday he was playing 2-player solo, so although it's a late entry, it's worth a mention.

General / Most loved....
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:12:16 AM »
What are your most loved Carcassonne possessions?

Is it that hard to acquire expansion signed by KJW, you picked up in a charity shop on your trip to outer-Mongolia, for threepence?

Or the unique handcrafted tableware, that another member lost their finger while constructing for you?

Photos please :)

General / Your Carcassonne Nightmares
« on: July 07, 2015, 02:32:52 PM »
So I was wondering the other day:  Would I play Death at Carcassonne?

Obviously I'm referring to the myth that you are able to challenge the personification of death (aka: the grim reaper) at a game in order to win your life.

Famously captured in the film "The Seventh Seal" where Death Plays Chess.

Given I don't know anyone who's come back from the dead and claimed to have found a game they won; I'm guessing Death's either a very good player or a subtle cheat.

Which leads me to my Subject - what would your Carcassonne Nightmare entail?

I'll start the ball rolling with some simple suggestions, but the more ironic the better  :(y):
  * That feeling you get when you realize your meeple is trapped for the duration of the game..but you're only 10 tiles into the game...then you realize your monk is trapped too.
  * Your Carcassonne Collection has been eaten by termites.
  * Discovering your complete Carcassonne collection is in fact missing an obscure long out of print, mini-expansion that was only given to people with the same name as you; that attended a Bakery in Essen at 8am; 2 years before you were born.
  * Drawing all the RFRF tiles sequentially;
  * Realizing although there's a thousand places to put the fffc tile at the end of the game, none of the are going to let you win
  * Still having 6 meeple in your hand when you place your last tile
  * You opponent's ability to draw precisely the tile they need immediately after you required them to need it.

News and Events / Welcome Tournament
« on: July 03, 2015, 07:44:13 AM »
Sorry for the spam. I'd like to put a post here so that anyone passing through who isn't logged in can see the news on the Recent Posts section on the main page.

Carcassonne Central will be holding a 'Welcome' tournament very soon to encourage new members to join the forum and get used to playing online and arranging challenges.  The only caveat for joining is that you have not played in a tournament here before.  If you're not a member of the forum you can sign up and get some more information from the League Forum:

I'd like to propose a new 'welcome' tournament for players who are new to the forum and have not entered a tournament here on Carcassonne Central before.

I think it's a good way for new members to learn the ropes and get used to scheduling games and learning to use JCloisterZone.

I'd like to get an idea how many people would be interested in taking part and I'm very open to suggestions.

The format will be dependent on the number of players.  Possibly a simple knock-out with a Repêchage; maybe 3/4-player games; maybe groups like the expansion leagues are played.

I suspect we will focus on the basic-game, but maybe include 1-small expansion or mini-expansion (again I'm open to ideas).

Currently the only entry requirement is that you have NOT entered a tournament or league on Carcassonne Central before.

Let me know below, if you're interested!

The tournament has started!

Current Player Stats: 26th July

Group 1
lomdr - Colorado  - 2/5
franks  - Alberta - (late starter) - 0/5
Curt194 - UK - 1/5
Safari - Germany - (late starter) - 1/5
Merlin_89 - Poland - 2/5
Halfling - UK - 0/5

TOTAL: 3/15 games

Group 2
toastytoast - UK - 1/5
Lukey-Dukey - 0/5
Koremu - UK - (late starter) - 0/5
Rich_The_Fish - UK - 2/5
Piklach - USA - 0/5
Ailurus - Netherlands - 1/5

TOTAL: 2/15

Riding on the success of the UK Championships, some of us thought it would be a nice idea to organize a Carcassonne Central Meetup Event (CCME for short)

It's all pretty simple:

1) See who wants to come.
2) Organize/Pick a date (probably a Saturday) most of us can make.
3) Find a venue which is reasonable for us all to get to.
4) Turn up and play Carcassonne all day.
5) Cake?
6) Beer?

The Date is Confirmed:   31st October - Shadow Games -

Rugby  10am - 5pm

Confirmed Attendees:  Me, Dan, Curt, Rich The Fish, Piklach, JT Atomico

Basically Wooden will be attending the meetup -
They're bringing prototypes and if you're thinking about placing an order you might be able to pick it up there and save on postage :)

Check the Poster Out below!

The cheapest place to park for the day is opposite the council house on Evreux Way, Rugby CV21 2DT. It is about £3.50 a day and is open for 24 hours. Failing that then I would use the John Barford car park, CV21 2SL which is £5 for up to 11 hours. Both of these are less than a five minute walk to the shop.

ORIGINAL POST - please ignore
I've picked 3-semi random dates later this year, at different times during the month; so maybe people can let us know if they would like to come & if they can make any of these dates:
  • 26th September 2015
      Danisthirty, Decar, JT Atomico, Koremu, Curt 
  • 17th October 2015
      Danisthirty, Decar, JT Atomico, Koremu, Curt 
  • 7th November 2015
      Danisthirty, Decar, JT Atomico, Koremu, Curt 

Possible Alternative Date:

August (28-29) - Jungleboy

I'm open to suggestions too; but trying to keep it simple for now.

Decar - Cardiff
Danisthirty - Reading
JT Atomico - London
Curt - London/Cambridge
Koremu - West Yorkshire
Rosco - Cumbria

- Current Mid Point

The Marketplace / WTS: Russian Nobles and Tower - Single Count Tile
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:15:05 AM »
I've got one more box of The Russian Count looking for a good home.

Box is unopened and contains the following:

1 Count of Carcassonne Tile
1 Tower
Dragon & Princess
The Tower
Crop Circles 1
River II
Cult Shrines

Postage from Russia was quite expensive, but if you're interested send me a PM.  I'll happily ship it anywhere.

I've been looking at the Winter Edition Tiles implemented in JCZ and I think there is a small (unless you're a farmer) mistake:

JCZ uses the same tiles as this picture:

From BGG:

Note that the top right CRrf tile has 3 fields in Abbey and Mayor, but only 2 in the Winter Edition.

Leagues (including expansion leagues) / CC Ladder - Volunteers Needed
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:14:46 PM »
I've been investigating other ways we could find partners to play Carcassonne and I've hacked together some PHP-code for a Ladder Tournament System.  I'm thinking this would run alongside the weekly & league games organized here at Carcassonne Central.  It's a continuous ladder so there's no end-date season etc.

It lets you register [don't put in your good passwords],
Maintains a League/Ladder/Pyramid for all the players.
Lets you challenge people 3 places ahead of you on the ladder.
Sends you both emails with your addresses so you can work out when to play.
Gives you 7 days (configurable) to record your game.
Records all the results for people to see.

Does some other bits and pieces.

Bear in mind,  It's rudimentary, buggy, some of the text is totally wrong, some URLs might break.

I'm looking for some BRAVE volunteers who are willing to give it a go:

I have some caveats:
Generally, with less members, I'd like challenges to be made and played sooner than 7 days.
It's likely to all go wrong, so dont get upset if results are misrecorded/lost or what not.

So if you're willing to give it a go - let me know and I'll send you to the URL.

General / Ordering Russian Carcassonne Tiles
« on: April 01, 2015, 07:06:15 AM »
I've had many people ask me how to get hold of The Russian Carcassonne Tiles:

Given the very expensive postage (and VAT charges), it's definitely cheaper to consolidate orders.

I may be ordering again soon so:

If you're interested - please let me know plus which Country you're from and I'll investigate how much it will all cost; or what the cheapest approach will be.

You may also want to consider:  Russian versions of: Hunters & Gatherers, The Castle and Wheel of Fortune.

Interested Parties:

Decar - WoF - UK
Guy - Carcassone City- UK
Ratz65 - Carcassonne City - Germany


SRBO- Carcassonne City -Netherlands
Khonnor - Carcassonne City - Netherlands

General / Preparation for UK Championships
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:56:16 AM »
Most of you already know that The UK Championships is on Sunday 31st May 2015, that's not long now!:

I'm not entirely sure if I can make it yet; but I know I need as much practice as I can get, in order to beat the first round.

The first three rounds are usually 4-player games of the base 72-tile set.

The strategies for 4 player games are very different from two player games (which most championships do); I'd like to make it a regular thing, so I can get my skill level up in preparation.

If you're based in the UK and want some practice; maybe we can set a suitable time.

But, if you're not based in the UK; you're still very welcome to help us out, but the times may be slightly worse for you!

No doubt we can sort something out for everyone!

Happy 4-player Carcassonne!

Interested Parties:
Decar - UK
Danisthirty - UK
Mr Numbers - Latvia
jungleboy - Switzerland
Rosco - UK

Edit: Changed to Three Rounds not two...doh!

General / Cross Over Games
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:38:28 PM »
Saw this on the carcassonne-forum and thought it was worth sharing with non-german speaking players, who may have missed it:

It's such a great idea!

General / Carcassonne in Japan
« on: January 01, 2015, 04:26:57 AM »
It looks like Carcassonne is taken pretty seriously in Japan, I just wondered if any of the completionists here had seen these:

Looks like they're out of print now, but they're two "Carcassone Strongest Teaching" books containing Championship Rankings and Tactics and various other things that are lost in translation!

This looks like the official site:

I just thought the manga take on the artwork was fun so wanted to share!

Anything Else / Happy 2015!
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:32:28 PM »
I know some of you are already celebrating, but just wanted to wish everyone a happy 2015!

I hope this year has brought you and your familes good tidings.

I'd also like to thank everyone's hard work on this forum.  There's so many people all willing to help each other, specially when looking for those hard to find tiles :D but also those people sharing their creations.

I'm sure 2015 is going to be fantastic carcassonne year!

JCloisterZone FAQ, Suggestions & Bug Reports / New Screenshot Feature
« on: December 23, 2014, 04:09:42 AM »
I'm working on a simple screenshot feature in JCloisterZone, which will capture the entire game board and control panel and save it as a PNG to a specified directory.

I know lots of people like to capture their games and I thought it would be helpful not having to zoom out and printscreen and paste/crop etc.

I've got the basic feature working, I'd like to know if anyone else had any thoughts, or what it should/could capture?

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