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Carcassonne: Safari Available To Preorder From Z-Man Games

Oct 22, 2018

Travel to the African savanna and experience the classic tile-laying game with a new twist in Carcassonne: Safari!  Pre-order your copy through Z-Man Games or your local retailer today.

The lion roars from the shadows of the baobab tree as the zebra darts past. The ground shakes with the thunderous footballs of elephants. Looking through your binoculars, you zoom in on the towering giraffe slowly lowering its neck to the edge of a pool of clear water. The watering hole is key to survival under the sweltering African sun. You wait patiently, excited to see even more animals on your safari.

From the mischievous monkey to the proud lion, many different species of animal roam the African savanna. With 72 land tiles and 50 animal tiles, you and your fellow safari-goers will have a lot of ground to cover to see the diverse wildlife scattered around the plains. Climb the baobab tree to get a birds-eye view, walk the trails and spot the animals hiding in the bush, blaze new trails with the ranger vehicles, and dig watering holes where wildlife can peacefully gather.

As you explore the savanna, many different animals will cross your path. Keep a sharp eye out! A wider variety of animals along a completed trail will score you more points. Once a path is complete, check how many different animals are present. Spotting a giraffe, monkey, elephant, and zebra is a wide variety of creatures and will score ten points. Clever tile placement to provide more variety in your exploration across the savanna will be key to victory. Whoever spots the most animals will amass the most points and be declared the winner!

Z-Man Games Announces Carcassonne Expansion 9: Hills and Sheep

Sept 2, 2018

Grow your flock, gain the high ground with hills, and cultivate a vineyard in Carcassonne Expansion 9: Hills & Sheep! Pre-order your copy of the ninth expansion for the classic tile-laying game at your local retailer.

Carcassonne Expansion 9: Hills & Sheep will be $17.99 and release in Q4.

The shepherd carefully watches over his flock as they wander through the fields. Over time the flock can grow but be careful; if you wait too long to return your flock to the stable, wolves may attack! After placing a tile with a field, you may choose to place a shepherd and immediately draw a token from the cloth bag. Drawing a sheep token will increase your flock. However, if you draw a wolf token the flock will scatter. Press your luck to grow your flock for additional points.

Get a better view with the hills and gain the advantage from the high ground. Hill tiles are elevated with another tile facedown beneath them. When scoring, the meeple on the hill will break a tie and claim the points. Add thriving vineyards to grow wine around a monastery and increase its value. Watch out for sabotage from your opponents! Only a completed monastery can claim the bonus points from the vineyards.

The world of Carcassonne expands with new characters: The Count, King and Robber

April 3, 2018

Return to France again with the sixth expansion for the legendary Carcassonneavailable for pre-order from Z-Man Games  or from your local retailer.

New characters and starting points provide a fresh start for the classic tile-laying game. Choose to begin your adventure with the grand city itself, Carcassonne. Or wander along the edges of a new, winding river. Combine the new river tiles with those from the base game for a more complex river design.

CLAIM THE CITY OR THE ROADS

Will you be a benevolent ruler? Only a king can rule the largest city. Help your kingdom grow and claim the crown. The new king tile grants bonus points to the holder of the largest city. Want to travel a different path? Journey the land, mapping out the roadways and claiming the longest road for bonus points with the robber.

CONTROL THE KINGDOM

The city of Carcassonne has four main areas: the castle, market, cathedral, and blacksmith. The mysterious count starts in the castle but can manipulate the districts as he moves around the city. When adding a follower to the city, you can sway the count and move him to a different district. Think carefully with your placement. The count’s location in a new district frees trapped followers for future turns while also blocking other followers from moving.

CHALLENGE THE MONASTERY

Explore a new role with the heretics. Challenge the monks by building shrines and disrupting the monastery. When placing a shrine adjacent to an occupied monastery, a challenge occurs. Race to complete your feature and take the precious points for yourself.

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New Carcassonne Game Now Available on Steam and Android

Dec 3, 2017

Round Up Your Meeples and Conquer a Medieval Landscape – Asmodee Digital Releases Award-Winning Tile Game Carcassonne for PC, Mac and Android

Asmodee Digital, leaders in digital board game entertainment, today announced the Steam launch of Carcassonne, the digital version of the award-winning tile-laying board game, for PC and Mac, along with an all-new version of the game for Android mobile devices.

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/598810/Carcassonne__Tiles__Tactics

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.asmodeedigital.carcassonne

Carcassonne presents an all new, 3D version of the classic game. Two to six players take on the roles of founders of the region as they build roads, abbeys and cities in online asynchronous multiplayer gameplay.

Simple to pick up but challenging to master, the new Carcassonne presents players with endless opportunities for tactical play. Within minutes, players will find themselves in tough situations – determining where to put their last meeple, whether to use tiles to expand the city, or to hinder their opponent. Players place only one tile each round, and have the option to place one meeple on it. Each game develops differently, full of boundless possibilities, and the quick-fire nature of the game ensures that Carcassonne always runs at a brisk pace.

Launching today on Steam for PC and Mac, Carcassonne is available at the discounted price of $9.99 for a limited time and comes complete with two popular expansions – The River and The Abbot – to further enhance in-game options.

In addition, Asmodee Digital’s new Android version of Carcassonne has been released with exciting new features, including beautiful new artwork, 2D and 3D perspective, pass-and-play mode, updated AI (three different AI behaviors thoroughly tested by Hans im Glück: Easy Neighbor, Fierce Egoist, and Risk-Taker) and asynchronous online play (cross-platform compatible with Android and Steam), including ranked games and leaderboards. It will be available at the discounted price of $1.99 for the first 30 days after launch and comes with the The Abbot expansion.

The game will continue to be developed with already many projects underway:

  • Additional expansions coming after launch include Inns & Cathedrals, Traders & Builders and Princesses & Dragons.

  • For all the Carcassonne pros, a Champion AI will be released for free within the next few months.

Carcassonne Big Box Available NOW

Oct 28, 2017

The Carcassonne Big Box, available NOW from ZMan Gamescombines the 2001 Spiel des Jahres winner with eleven eclectic expansions to create the perfect starter set for you to enter the world of Carcassonne. Along with the base game, you get the Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders expansions, plus nine mini-expansions that add their own unique twists to the game.  Altogether, the Big Box contains more than 150 landscape tiles for you to build with.

During a game of Carcassonne, the development of the landscape surrounding this beautiful city in southern France is in your hands. With the base game, you add landscape tiles representing streets, cities, monasteries, and meadows to the board and claim those features with your meeples to score points. But with only a handful of meeples at your disposal, you must carefully decide when to place your meeples to outsmart your opponents and score the most points.

Each of the game’s numerous expansions have introduced new types landscape tiles and even more meeples to add variety to the game. Within the new Big Box, you can build ferries across lakes to extend your roads, deploy robbers to leech points from your opponents, and much more. Every expansion gives you even more options for building the landscape surrounding Carcassonne and allows you to take a fresh approach to the game every time you play.

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Z-Man Games Announces Carcassonne Big Box Set

August 6, 2017

Positioned along vital trade routes across southern France, the countryside surrounding the fortified city of Carcassonne is a hub of activity. Noble knights patrol the city streets keeping the peace as merchants peddle their wares in the market. Outside of town, robbers prey on unsuspecting travelers while monks and farmers live a seemingly idyllic life in the country.

For seventeen years, players have been able to explore this vast landscape in Klaus Jurgen-Wrede’s Carcassonne , the 2001 Spiel des Jahres winner. Each game transports players to medieval France where, using just tiles and some wooden meeples, they create an entire world brimming with possibilities. With its simple yet engaging gameplay, Carcassonne has captivated audiences from around the world since its debut in 2000.

Now, new and experienced Carcassonne players alike can get their hands on the latest version of the Carcassonne Big Box!

Containing the original game, and packed with eleven expansion titles, the Big Box highlights the Carcassonne experience! It is the perfect collection for Carcassonne fans and anyone who wants to bring this bestselling game to the table with as much variety as possible. Dive into the world of Carcassonne and discover everything it has to offer with the Carcassonne Big Box!

Carcassone goes Under the Big Top In A New Expansion!

July 25, 2017

It’s the Greatest Show On Earth! Z-Man Games has released the 10th expansion for Carcassonne, Under the Big Top, where the focus is on scoring points through interactions with adjacent tiles.

Included in Under the Big Top ($20 retail) are 40 new tiles, animal tokens, ringmaster meeples, and a wood big-top piece. Circus tiles give points both to the meeples on them and to those on adjacent tiles. Acrobat tiles score multiple meeples, with new ones stacked in a pyramid when tiles are placed adjacent. And ringmaster meeples are placed as normal but score bonus points for adjacent circus and acrobat tiles.

The tent has been pitched outside of town and the performers are ready to thrill the crowd with their death-defying stunts. A new world of excitement awaits in Under the Big Top, the tenth expansion for award-winning tile-laying game Carcassonne. Capturing the thrill of the circus, this expansion incorporates twenty new Land tiles and two new follower types into the Carcassonne library. Players can use them to attract people from all over the countryside to view their menagerie of animals or witness their feats of death-defying skill. Just like the daring risks that circus performers take, Under the Big Top gives players plenty of opportunities to score big points—if they can draw in the crowds!

Carcassonne enters a new era with a new edition

September 20th, 2014

Carcassonne enters a new era!

Nearly 15 years after it’s original release by Z-Man Games, Carcassonne is back with an entire new look and luster. This new edition – nicknamed Carcassonne 2.0 – has been entirely redesigned, inside and out.

With new amazing cover art by our very own Chris Quilliams and beautifully designed tiles by Anne Pätzke, Carcassonne will appeal to newcomers and die-hard fans alike. Fear not, the back of the tiles remain the same, so this edition is fully compatible with previously released expansions.

This edition includes the River expansion as well as a new mini-expansion: The Abbot.