This article is the second in a series of articles that focuses on board and card games that geeks will love.
Here is a game that any geek will love from young to old. In fact, I would recommend this game to parents for their children in order to subtly promote critical thinking skills in math and logic.
The game focuses on developing the land around the historical city of Carcassone. The game is played by laying various tiles adjacent to each other. Each player has a limited number of followers that can be placed on the tiles in hopes of scoring points. Also, game-play can be altered through various “expansion packs” which include additional tiles and slight modification of rules (see below for some links).
The rules are easy to learn and should be mastered within the first few game plays. Two player games can typically be completed in under 30 minutes while four or more players may take between 45 minutes to an hour. Even though the rules are simple and there is a moderate amount of luck involved, there is still a great deal of strategy that can be used to win more often in the long run.
A true geek will find the balance of probability, resource management, and graph theory an enticing mix with huge replay value. Personally, I believe every child should be exposed to this game at a young age in order to challenge them in these complex topics while keeping the learning experience fun.
References & Links
- Carcassonne at Amazon.com
- Expansion – Inns and Cathedrals
- Expansion – The River 2 (note: the first river expansion comes with the base game now)
- Expansion – King and Scout
- Expansion – The Count
- Kids of Carcassonne (alternate base game for ages for ages 4+)
As a final note, be aware that there are multiple Carcassone base games so be sure to read the descriptions of expansions carefully to ensure you select a compatible expansion set. For example, you don’t want to buy an expansion for “Carcassonne – Hunters and Gathers” when you have the original game.