Carcassonne and its expensions and variants.
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I bought a 3 days ago the Carcassonne basic set (see item #1) and I'm thinking about getting expensions. I'd like to get your feelling on how each change the game and which one would you buy as a first expansion and why.

I usually play the game only as a 2 player game, but I may (and hopefully will) play with a larger group.

If you know of any other variants or expansions available, feel free to add them to this list.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
The basic set, this is the one I bought.
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: The River II [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The River II
The River II, I've read somewhere that it caused a problem with the farmers.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne: Die Katharer [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Die Katharer
I may have a bit of difficulties finding this one, but I'm currious if anybody has played with it and could share with us!
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:489]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
My understanding is that this one is a variation of the basic set, but is it interresting?
 
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals
This one was the reason why I wanted to start this geeklist, I'm thinking that it may be the best first expansion to get, but I'm not sure yet.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: King & Scout [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: King & Scout
With so little tiles to add, how does this one change the rules?
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:591]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle
This is just like Hunters and Gatherers, another variant of the game, right?
 
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:671]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The City
Same here?
 
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2193]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery
Here as well? I'd be tempted to buy this one though, but I'm not sure how this one work really, it's really rated bellow Carcassonne
 
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon
My wife would probably like this one, she's fond of fantasy type of games and litterature. Again, how does this change the game? I'm a bit worried that the game may be drasticly different.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: The River [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The River
Is it still possible to get this expansion? Is it worth having River II and this one, or just one or the other?
 
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 4 – The Tower [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 4 – The Tower
I'm not sure if I want this one, what is it? OK, I know it won't be available until next year, but what good would be a Carcassonne list if not all the information is on it?
 
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13. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders
Just like the Princess and the Dragon expansion, I'm a bit worried about the changes to the game it may bring.
 
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14. Board Game: Die Steinmauer (fan expansion for Carcassonne: Die Jäger und Sammler) [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked]
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This one is clearly for Hunters and Gatherers, Is it worth the time to print it and try to put it together?
 
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Count of Carcassonne [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The Count of Carcassonne
Another small expansion
 
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16. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1624]
Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant
This is a variant of Carcassonne.
 
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17. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2193]
Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery
The new edition available exclusivly from FunAgain games. Played my first game last night. Rather interesting. Strategy seems very different from the regular game.
 
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18. Board Game: Travel Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:2810]
Board Game: Travel Carcassonne
This may be redundant, but.....
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19. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 5 – Abbey & Mayor [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 5 – Abbey & Mayor
Can't wait to get it!
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