Saturday, March 31, 2018

Player's Diary #5 - Star wars insert

Carcassonne: Star Wars spin-off expansion is coming just next wednesday, including few words regarding the expansion with grim Kylo Ren himself. Today I would like to introduce a little trick how to fit all tiles from expansion and base game into base set box without any additional inserts.


Right part is made from standard insert folded in half, while left part is made from expansion's insert.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Carcassonne accessories - GeekMod Insert

Carcassonne collection can get quickly out of control. Even after purchasing first few expansions, carrying and storing may become a problem.  Moving each expansion in separate box means carrying a lot of air.  Following solution allows to fit base set with few expansions in base set's box. Following pictures show tiles from old edition bit they are compatible with new edition considering size.

Let's start from the beginning.

Assembly



All contents before assembly

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strategy 101 #2 - Blocking is easy

Blocking is placing  your tiles next to opponents features, in a way that they cannot be finished. Each tile may be defined by it's edges configuration. If there is road, city or field on each edge. If to complete the city, player needs some tile, with configuration that so noty exists, such city is blocked and meeples occpying it, are trapped.

There is no tile to fit in space 1, so neighboring city, cloister and road are blocked. Red player blocked purple player with tile number 2.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Player's Diary #3 - Carcassonne für Zwei unboxing/review

Just few days ago I have received Carcassonne for 2 (2017), which re-implements Carcassonne Travel, which was published back in 2007. Following post was intended to be just a quick unboxing text with some photos, but I came into conclusion that this edition is purely about components. Unboxing is in fact a review. If you are one of those two board gamers, not familiar with what Carcassonne base game is, then you can find dozens of reviews online. Rules are exactly the same here. Last remark is even more important, because currently only German version is available.

Game is stored in solid metal tin


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Golden rules #5 - Make points not landscape

Make points, not landscape

This is common mistake for beginner players. They tend to choose placement of their tiles based on visual arrangement of landscape over strategical benefit. It may be itching to fill that one empty spot that is missing to create a beautiful map of roads, cities and fields. Consider if it will give you the most points in the end.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Expansion 1: Inns & Cathedrals

Is there even a point to write this review? Just buy it and have a nice day!

There is considerable chance that you have this expansion already, because it is part of Big Boxes or often sold bundled with the base game. If you are still reading this let's go through description of this expansion, because there can be only one answer for question "to buy or not to buy" and it has been already given. 
I'll be providing some strategy advises later, so bare with me anyway.

New edition box cover

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Watch it played - Carcassonne

Rodney Smith has helped me many times with his videos. There are precise, well prepared and simply professional. I'm confident that he can help you if you are looking for how to play Carcassonne.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Player's diary #2 - My thoughts on insert making

Insert making is so boring. So this time I decided to spice things up a bit and make it as fast as possible (without cutting myself). This made me thinking about some things that you may not hear in insert making tutorial online.

Do not use glue

All tutorials tells you to use glue. Use 3mm wide double side tape, believe me.

- No mess,
- No smell or toxic fumes,
- No spills or leaking,
- No pins necessary,
- It holds tight from the first second,
- Easy to apply,

Use proper knife