So You're New To Caracassonne?
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Alot of new users come to this site and ask about this wonderful game, they are full of questions. Is the big box worth it? What expansions should I get? Should I get Carcassonne or one of the other variations? And there are plenty more that get asked.

What I hope to do with this list is to give some of my opinions to answer many of these questions. I hope this can be a definative geeklist for those new to Carcassonne and help as much as I can.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:161] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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The Base Game

This is where it all begins. Caracassonne a tile laying game. It brings alot of people to this site all the time, it was the game that got me into boardgaming and eventually got me to this site.

Alot of people have come to BGG and have been asking about the Big Box. In my opinion its very hasty and expensive to rush in and get this if your not sure about the game. My suggestion is to try this first, and if you like it, you can buy more expansions or even buy the Big Box and give your old copy to someone else. Theres no point to buying every expansion to this game when you havent even played it first.

In my opinion the best way to go about it is, play the base game and play it til death. Then when it starts feeling dry and repetitive, start adding expansions. Which expansions? Well each expansion is different and its upto you to work out which one is for you and your group.

Dont take my words as gospel these are just my opinions, research by reading the reviews and session reports on this very site. Also ask questions youll find there are many friendly people on this site ready to answer them all.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: Die Katharer [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - Die Katharer

Positives
-Its adds a new way to make a big castle a pointless endevour
-Makes farming more profitable

Negatives
-The price you will pay for it nowdays does not make this game worth it at all
-Makes farming maybe a bit too profitable, especially when used with The river 2 and traders and builders, the amount you can score for finished castles get a bit out of hand.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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The First Expansion

Positives
- Adds a 6th player to the game, I havent played with this many yet but im glad I can use the grey pieces for myself
- It adds a large meeple which adds a tiny bit more conflict, not much to affect the gameplay at all
-It adds the score cards for 50 and 100 which makes keeping score with the scoreboard a make easier affair
-Adds extra tiles to give more building options
-Roads become more valuable because of the inn tiles
-Castles can gain lots of points with the addition of the cathedral tiles

Negatives
-There arent very many negatives I can think of. For me its the lack of added depth its more just adding width to the game.
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne: King & Scout [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - King & Scout

Positives
-Adds the longest road and biggest castle points at the end of the game
-Also adds some quite nifty tiles
-Great If you have Hunters and Gatherers as well, because the scout tiles are an addon for it.

Negatives
-Really doesnt add much for the money you pay
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Count of Carcassonne [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - The Count of Carcassonne

Positives
-Great for +4 players
-It actually adds a bit more friendliness to the game. It does this by the way if you help someone finish a scoring opportunity, you are able to get yourself into the castle, which allows better scoring opportunites later.
-This new mechanism it adds a new layer of tactics and long term planning.

Negatives
-The need for many players to make it worth while can make it pretty useless when you play with only 2 or 3 players
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Mini Expansion [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - The Mini expansion

Positives
-A great fix for the river, makes it alot harder to simply build around the river to make one huge farm by adding a road at the end of the spring.
-Adds alot more interesting pieces to use.

Negatives
-12 tiles isnt much for the price you will have to pay for it.
-There are no rules for this, which leaves a bit of confusion about the 'grass tile'
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - The Princess & the Dragon

So far this expansion has changed the game the most, there is differing opinions is its for the better or worse

Positives
-Adds a way to remove meeples from the board
-With the dragon clever placement can remove many of your oppenents
-The princess can remove enemies from a huge castle allowing you to get all the points
-Adding a new scoring method with the fairy

Negatives
-Having to constantly add a point each turn is very frustrating, it definatly shows the need for only one person to do the scoring
-This expansion adds so much aggression to the game
- Doesnt play so well with only 2 players

For me the fantasy doesnt come into it, I dont think adding a dragon and a fairy matters it still fits the theme of castles, knights princesses etc etc.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne: The River [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - The River I

Positives
-Adds more variety in the startup
-Its speeds up the spread out of the game
-Makes it much harder for there to be one huge farm
-Comes free with all the new Carcassonne base games

Negatives
-For what it is it does a job perfect, but for the price you dont get many additions.

-But when it comes with the base game there isnt really a negative I can come up with.
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne: The River II [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - The River II

Positives
-Adds more variety in the startup
-Its speeds up the spread out of the game
-Makes it much harder for there to be one huge farm
-In My opinion much better than The River 1, adds alot more variety and works well with the other expansions. For example the pig farm makes scoring farms more profitable, the volcano is the starting place for the dragon in the Princess and Dragon Expansion.

Negatives
-For what it is it does a job perfect, but for the price you dont get many additions
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 4 – The Tower [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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As of yet unplayed and not owned. Once I get it I will update this with my positives and negatives
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Carcassonne - Traders & Builders

Positives
-Adds the builder which allows the player to have another turn
-The pig allows farming to be more profitable
-Adds more tile options, which is always a great thing
-It adds goods to fight over and get more points at the end of the game
-My favourite thing is the cloth bag, makes everything much easier

Negatives
-Again I cant find much wrong with this expansion, again it just adds more of the same great stuff without completely changing the game
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:442]
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As of yet unplayed and not owned. Once I get it I will update this with my positives and negatives
 
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13. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:547]
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As of yet unplayed and not owned. Once I get it I will update this with my positives and negatives
 
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:599]
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As of yet unplayed and not owned. Once I get it I will update this with my positives and negatives
 
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1937]
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As of yet unplayed and not owned. Once I get it I will update this with my positives and negatives
 
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I thought I would make a place for geeklists, there are some great ones.

Here are some:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17001

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16450

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/5247
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