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Driver 8
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I'm looking for pick up one of these games, but I'm not sure which. I used to own the vanilla version with a few of the add on expansions, but I'd much rather have one complete game. I'm torn between...

Hunters and Gatherers
Gold Rush
South Seas
New World
or maybe there's another I don't know about.

I'm not a fan of Ark of the Covenant, which brings me to my main criteria: easy to understand/remember scoring system. I want something that my 8 year old son can understand. He likes to play games on his own, playing with all colors, so I'd like him to have something to play around with, even if he doesn't include everything. I have an idea in mind for which I might like, but I'd like to hear what others think too. Thanks!
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I just got H&G today. From everything I've read, I have a feeling it's going to be the Carc for me.
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I haven't played the rest, so I don't know. But I don't know how you could beat plain ol Carcassonne plus a couple expansions. You can fit it all in one box, so it's pretty much just one complete game. And as far as I remember, I thought the scoring was simplified in Ark of the Covenant, with sheep vs wolves for field scoring, which is usually what messes with people.
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The Castle

Feel free to ridicule

Simple tile placement and scoring rules (even for Carcassonne), bonus tiles, and I find the walls encourage some cutthroat play (depending on who you're playing against).
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Eddie the Cranky Gamer
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Hunters and Gatherers is great. But The City is my favorite Carcassonne.
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I have not played any of these but Hunters and Gatherers. That said, I like it. The scoring is more complex than base Carc by a smidgen, but it's got other things that are a little better.

And I can't recommend The Castle. It's the worse Carc version I've played.
 
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smallville247 wrote:
I haven't played the rest, so I don't know. But I don't know how you could beat plain ol Carcassonne plus a couple expansions. You can fit it all in one box, so it's pretty much just one complete game. And as far as I remember, I thought the scoring was simplified in Ark of the Covenant, with sheep vs wolves for field scoring, which is usually what messes with people.


Maybe what would've helped with the original plus expansions, is if I would've printed out a cheat sheet to remind myself of the effects of the added bits. I agree that the sheep vs wolves was easy to score. It was the movement of the ark I didn't like. That and the 'cross' scoring of the temple, which was a little cliché in my opinion.
 
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The Castle

Feel free to ridicule

Simple tile placement and scoring rules (even for Carcassonne), bonus tiles, and I find the walls encourage some cutthroat play (depending on who you're playing against).


Well, it IS a Knizia design after all
 
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John Breckenridge
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Discovery has the advantage of providing a player reference card to explain how everything scores. Its scoring is weird compared to other Carcassonnes, but not that strange if it's the only one you've got.
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I have H&G and South Seas and recommend both. Plus, South Seas is so colorful!
 
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I enjoy the basic Carcassonne, thus mixing and matching with whichever expansion my kids choose !
 
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I've only played H&G (really fun!) and New World (not good, Surveyors keep kicking your pieces off the board).
 
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Richard Would
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My favourite is Ark out of them all which given that you have said you do not like that one is not much use as advice!
 
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When I read about Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers it makes me think it has favor over the original in some crowds because it has extra features that are sort of like including and expansion right within the main game.

Driver 8 wrote:
or maybe there's another I don't know about.

My own preference is for Carcassonne: The Discovery. Scoring is not simply about how large a feature grows, rather it may be connected to objects found in neighboring features.

Additionally, there are fewer pawns that then must be carefully budgeted. In connection with that the pawns my even be withdrawn early for reduced scoring.

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No love for New World? It seems more tactical and the artwork is beautiful.
 
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Driver 8 wrote:
No love for New World? It seems more tactical and the artwork is beautiful.

I have very limited exposure, but I get an impression that the Surveyors turn what I otherwise associate as a casual atmosphere of this series into something more frantic that has to race for completion of features against the Surveyor advancement.

 
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TVis wrote:
Driver 8 wrote:
No love for New World? It seems more tactical and the artwork is beautiful.

I have very limited exposure, but I get an impression that the Surveyors turn what I otherwise associate as a casual atmosphere of this series into something more frantic that has to race for completion of features against the Surveyor advancement.



It seems to me that New World is the one that's the most different from the others, so it rubs some people the wrong way. I mean they bring their previous Carcassonne experience into it, I don't know. Maybe if they had never played any other Carcassonne titles before, they wouldn't have a problem. I think I'll give it a shot.
 
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The Castle

Feel free to ridicule

Simple tile placement and scoring rules (even for Carcassonne), bonus tiles, and I find the walls encourage some cutthroat play (depending on who you're playing against).
Castle isn't just best with 2 players, it's only for two. Knizia did a great job of keeping the important bits from the original (which means having to explain that your merchants (farmers) are gone for the rest of the game), and ditching what wouldn't work in his version--matching roads, yes; matching building tiles, no.

+1 for Carcassonne: The Castle.
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For me the base game with Inns and Cathedrals expansion is great. I have Hunters and Gatherers and it is nice for a change and it is really fun but I wouldn't trade the base game for it.
 
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This one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne
 
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Mine too.

But i would have never gone there if it wasn't for [url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne_(board_game)[/url]
 
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My fav is the original, closely followed by Souths Seas.

The original plus a few of the many expansions really makes the base game so much more interesting, plus it's quite fun to pick random expansions every play or so.

South Seas is a little more aesthetically vibrant and scoring is easier, so its one which I get out with the not-so-boardgame-savvy family members.
 
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