Monday, February 20, 2017

Basic rules by "The Rules girl"

This blog was never supposed to be about basic rules of Carcassonne. Although this short movie about rules is so good that I just have to share it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Carcassonne accessories - Swan Panasia sleeves

Please be advised, what you are going to see is for hard core Carcassonne freaks. By using it you are risking being a laughing stock for your friends.

I hope you have never experienced in person what happens if some liquid spills over Carcassonne tiles. They suck water like a sponge and are wasted in a blink of an eye. Another thing is that your Carcassonne tiles are shuffled before every game. Some people like to pick their random tiles from some bag, which makes them wear out even faster. Maybe you are just a storage freak like me, who will not play a game until all cards are sleeved and all sheets laminated. Well, here is something to answer your call.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Golden rules #4 - To share or not to share

To share or not to share

2 player game

It is almost always better to block other player feature than share it. If you join with other player to level his advantage, do not expand shared feature after that, this is a waste. If you invest your resources to join to opponent feature, try to steal it.

2+ player game

It is always good to share. If  you share one feature with one player and different one with other, you get advantage over both of them. 

Observe other players, if you play with them regularly, you should know which are willing to share and which will get into food fight.

If other two players are sharing the city, try to block them.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Strategy 101 #1 - Big cities against small cities

Without doubt cities are the main source for points. On the other side there are few traps waiting for reckless player. Cities can be hi-jacked by other player. If you do not finish them till end of the game, you get only half of points. Finishing them can be fairly easy blocked. Let's take a look at some pros and cons of building big and small cities.

Small cities - pros

  • Can be occupied with just one meeple, which quickly goes back to your pool.
  • You can get free points.
  • There is little danger that this city won't be finished till end of the game.
  • Building many small cities next to your field, gets you additional points.
  • Opponents have less time to steal or block your city.

Small cities - cons

  • Building many small cities next to your opponents field gives him a lot of points. If you build two tiles city, this gives you just one point advantage.
  • Building many small cities at the same time may lead to situation where you need same tile to finish few of them.

Big cities - pros

  • You get a lot of points, finishing one big city often means winning the game.
  • No matter which city tile you get, you usually can attach it to your city.
  • No matter how big city is it still gives same amount of points for a field

Big cities - cons

  • You have to invest tiles not only to develop cities, but also to protect from blocking and stealing.
  • It is easier to block or steal. You loose a lot of investment in such case.
  • Big city usually joins few fields, so this gives few opportunities for enemy farmers.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Go digital #1 - Carcassonne for Android

UPDATE 2018-02-23

As of beginning  of 2018 following app is no longer available due to licencing issues.  It has been replaced by another application published by Asmodee digital. New application is available here.

In "Go Digital" series I introduce many ways to play Carcassonne on digital devices. If playing from time to time with your friends is just not enough. As always as I assume that the reader has basic knowledge of Carcassonne rules.

I would like to start this series with a short review of an official Carcassonne App for Android. It is available here.


With the base price of the app we get possibility to play base set with free expansion The River II. As an in-app purchases available are: Second base set, Inns and Cathedrals, Traders and Builders, Crop Circles and The Festival. The app can be associated with your google account so your purchases can be restored in case of reinstalling. It has not been expanded for over a year now, so it is doubtful that we get any more content.

There is quite few options for beginners. Easy game mode rules out farmers. App can show broken tiles and show reference of remaining tiles in the stack. There is a very short manual, but it is quite confusing for players who did not play Carcassonne before.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tales from the (battle)field #4

The are many discussions about when put your first farmer, but this not the time to discuss those. Please take o look how blue ended up, by placing his two farmers early in the game. He turned his two meeples into just 9 points.

Golden rules #3 - Do not put all your eggs in one basket

Do not put all your eggs in one basket

One of the ways to play Carcassonne is to build your projects in a way that putting one tile expands two project giving you more points. On the other hand it jeopardize ending both of them, because your opponent can block you. Please look at the example below. Blue was asking for trouble. He needed to fill spot number 1, but Red forbid that by putting tile on spot number 2, successfully blocking blue and trapping three of his meeples.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Golden rules #2 - Know your tiles

Know your tiles

You may have heard about tile counting. That will be a topic of a different strategy post. You should spend few minutes going through a list of tiles that came up with your Carcassonne manual.

You may notice that there are few combinations that do not exist. You will not find tiles like CFRF or CCFR. Knowing that will help you finish your projects and prevent others from finishing theirs. In Tails from the (Battle)Field you may find many cases when this knowledge helped to overcome the opponent.

Please take a look at the following example. Blue player cannot finish cloister, city and a road because of one tile which is missing in base set (you can find such in expansion).

Golden rules #1 - Save your last meeple

Save your last meeple

Do not use your last meeple unless you get one back with the same move.

No matter how big is this city for which you are fighting.

No matter how hard you have fought for this huge field.

No matter how long is the road you expand.

Save your last for last/last but one move. There are a lot chances for freebies along the game, do not miss out on them. It is really frustrating to miss a chance for free 4 points from a city because you lack free meeples. On the other hand it is very satisfying to control the game, due to your opponent running out of meeples.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tales from the (battle)field #3

A new city starts to develop in four player game. Red does not know at the moment that he starts something big.

Yellow tries to have piece of the cake.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tales from the (battle)field #1

Green and Red build a mega city without getting into food fight. Blue is trying to join.

Red is trying to take over control over city.

Tales from the (battle)field #2

Three players in a 4 players game are participating in one big city. They can all potentially get a lot of point from mega city, leaving Green behind.