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Carcassonne is a popular board game that was first published in 2000 by the German board game company Hans im Glück. It is a tile-placement game that can be played with two to five players, with each game typically lasting between 30 minutes to an hour. The game is set in the medieval French city of Carcassonne, with players taking on the role of medieval landowners who are attempting to build and expand their territories by strategically placing tiles and followers.

The game is made up of a set of 72 land tiles, each with different features such as cities, roads, fields, and monasteries. These tiles are randomly placed on the table to form the game board, with each player taking turns to draw and place one tile at a time. The objective of the game is to score the most points by strategically placing followers, called meeples, on the tiles to claim ownership of cities, roads, fields, and monasteries.

In Carcassonne, each player starts the game with a limited number of meeples, which can be placed on a tile to claim ownership of a feature. For example, a meeple placed on a city tile can claim ownership of that city and earn points as it is completed. Similarly, a meeple placed on a road tile can claim ownership of that road and earn points for each completed segment. Meeples placed on fields can also earn points at the end of the game if they are adjacent to completed cities.

One of the unique features of Carcassonne is the ability to strategically place meeples on tiles that are already claimed by other players. This can lead to competitive gameplay as players attempt to block their opponents from completing their features and earning points.

The game also includes a number of expansion sets, each of which adds new tiles and gameplay mechanics. Some of the expansions include the ability to place builders to speed up the completion of cities or the ability to place barns to score points for completed fields.

Overall, Carcassonne is a fun and engaging board game that combines strategic tile placement with competitive gameplay. Its simple rules and mechanics make it easy for new players to learn, while its depth and replayability make it a favourite among experienced board gamers. Whether you’re a casual player or a serious board gamer, Carcassonne is a game that is sure to provide hours of entertainment.

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