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The Grim Reaple!


This is a variant for the game Carcassonne. It introduces the Grim Reaper of meeple, and so I call it the Grim Reaple. I have been trying to figure out what to do with the two blank tiles I got in a Carcassonne expansion. I hope you like it.



I made two graveyards. The graveyard tile with the black boarder is similar to an Abbey tile; the graveyard tile completes the section(s) it touches and can be put just about anywhere in the game. Unlike the Abbey tile, the graveyard does not need to be surrounded on four sides to be used. The other is a simpler graveyard with a road going through it. It has to be placed using the usual tile-laying rules.

When the grave yard tile is laid, the Grim Reaple comes into play. The Grim Reaple reaps one meeple. This is done in a certain order. First, the Reaple takes the closest robber on a road that touches the grave yard. If there is no robber, then the Reaple takes a knight or mayor from a city that is contingent to the graveyard or is connected to the graveyard by road. If there is no knight or mayor in a city connected to the graveyard, then the Reaple takes a monk from a cloister or abbey that is contingent to or in the same field as the grave yard. Lastly, as a professional courtesy to a meeple that uses the same tool of the trade, and a monk is not present in a contingent cloister/abbey, the Reaple takes a farmer from a field that touches the graveyard.

In the case of two meeples being equal distant from the graveyard, the player that placed the graveyard tile determines which meeple is removed from play and returns to its owner. Once the Grim Reaple takes a meeple or it is determined there are no meeples to be taken, the Reaple is removed from play.

Variant on variant: The Grave Digger

If playing with the dragon, the player placing the graveyard tile can place a meeple on the graveyard tile as the grave digger one the same turn the tile is placed. This is in addition to playing the Grim Reaple. Each time the dragon takes a meeple, the owner of the grave digger scores one point. Like other meeples, the grave digger can be removed by the dragon. The player of the grave digger does not score a point when her grave digger is taken by the dragon.

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That is a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for posting it.
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Muuuuuuhahaha -- I love it! More Carcassone screwage!

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Cool... I assume you measure distances by simply counting tile hops?

And this is actually a variant, even if you have to DIY the tiles You should post a link in the Carcassonne game forums!

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johngorno wrote:
Cool... I assume you measure distances by simply counting tile hops?

And this is actually a variant, even if you have to DIY the tiles You should post a link in the Carcassonne game forums!

Gorno


Yes, count the tiles away from the graveyard if there is a dispute of which meeple is closer.

Thanks for mentioning the Carcassonne game forums. I'll put it there also.

I was thinking of contacting Carcassonne Central and asking if one of the designers over there can do the artwork for the tiles. Then I will ask to have it put on as an expansion on their site. The contributers and designers over at CC do some amazing artwork. It looks as good as or better than the game-publisher's tiles. I'm no artist--I'm just a geek with a lot of ideas. meeple
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Awesome!!!
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Nice. So where do we acquire this "killer" piece... whistle

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Ashitaka wrote:
Nice. So where do we acquire this "killer" piece... whistle

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I was wondering if/when someone was going to ask. I made it. The scythe came off of a D&D miniature called "Skeletal Reaper". A little exacto saw action and viola! A little more saw action and there were grooves for the scythe on the Grim Reaple's arm and base. You can buy the mini at about any FLGS or OLGS for close to a dollar.

I had also cut the skeletal face off of the mini, but my missus didn't like the looks of the face when I put it on the meeple. As she usually has a better eye for those sorts of things than I do, I left it off. I just didn't want it to look like a black meeple picks up the scythe and says, "uh-huh, uh-huh...look at me! I'm the Grim Reaple!" (followed by dork laughter) I'm pleased how it turned out though.

Maybe with a little GG persuasion, I could be swayed to making some Grim Reaples for fellow BGGers. whistle Only problem is I don't have any more blank tiles if those are wanted also. Of course, interested parties could send me blank Carcassonne tiles. If interested, send me a geekmail.
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Not only is that a cool looking piece, it seems that your custom rules really fit the game quite well!! Fantastic job!
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IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS ITEM IS UP FOR BID ON THE AUCTION TO HELP CICI.

Please help out this little girl and her family by making a bid on this or other items in the auction.

Thanks,

Victor
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SPOOOKY

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Not only freaking hilarious but your 'expansion rules' actually sound like the Grim Reaple would add decent new aspect to the game...better than some of the official ones * cough catapult cough....cough count cough*

great work
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