I have a Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers tile tattoo !
So after the kind advice of those on here my friend and I last night purchased 2 of the 2-player starter sets, with my friend taking the Imperial deck and dice and I taking the heroes. Looking at the neutral cards I assumed we'd both keep all of our neutral deck each, but the rules state that the heroes get some and the Imps the others. After counting the cards I've realised that the Imps get one extra villain card and one less neutral card.
I know neutral cards are usable across both factions but some seem more tailored toward the Imps and others toward the Rebels with their art and captions.
How have others split these? I'm thinking we'll just go with splitting them as the rules say to make it even then grow our decks from there?
You should be able to go online and buy a lot of "good" common cards from all three sets for 5 cents apiece also.