Russian Promos (1st edition)
General info and comments
The Russian Promos were originally released in 2013, and extended in 2016.
The original two tiles were created by the Russian distributor of Carcassonne (Hobby World) and were given to local tournament participants (2013) and top-6 tournament finishers (2015). In 2016 two new tiles were added and it was a present for the participants of the Russian national Carcassonne league in 2016.
They are actual printed tiles (unlike the stickers on tiles used for La Porxada). However, they were not produced by HiG, and they have an extremely limited distribution. Thus, at this time they are considered a “semi-official” expansion. They will not be found in the consolidated tile reference section.
- 4 new land tiles
- A coaster
- A drawstring bag with a scoreboard on one side
Mix the 4 new tiles with the rest of the Carcassonne tiles.
Playing the Game
The normal rules of Carcassonne remain the same.
Baba Yaga’s Hut
This tile from 2013 represents Izbushka, Baba Yaga the witch's legged hut.
The person who places this tile may place a follower on Baba Yaga’s hut. That meeple becomes Baba Yaga! This tile acts as an “anti-cloister.” At the end of the game, the player scores 1 point for each empty tile space surrounding Baba Yaga’s hut.  The hut itself is worth 1 point.  If Baba Yaga’s hut is completely surrounded, the follower is returned to the player’s supply and the player scores only 1 point.
The Choice of Bogatyr
This tile from 2013 represent the hero Bogatyr at a crossroads. He stands before a stone that reads:
- Go to the left, and you will find death
- Go to the right, and you will lose your horse
- Go straight, and you will lose yourself
This tile contains 2 distinct roads. One road is a continuous road with 3 branches and no junctions. The other road terminates in a junction at the stone. This tile contains 4 field segments.
This tile from 2016 represents Solovei Razboynik "Nightingale the Robber" from the Russian folktale "Ilja Muromez".
If followers occupy a road that goes through the Solovei Razboynik tile (or they occupy roads that are connected to that tile later on in the game), players must move them onto the tile. The followers then remain on the tile until the end of the game. Nevertheless during his/her turn, instead of placing a follower, the player may return 1 follower from the Solovei Razboynik tile into his/her supply.
This tile from 2016 represents Vodyanoy, a kind of ghost, that lives in water.
When a player places this tile adjacent to one or more tiles on the board, all followers from the adjacent tiles are moved onto the Vodyanoy tile. Followers remain on that tile until the end of the game and get -2 points each during final scoring.
Total Tiles: 4
The back side of the tiles of this expansion show a "K" instead of a "C" reflecting the Russian spelling of "Carcassonne".
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- Note that there must be at least one tile adjacent to this one, so the maximum number of empty spaces is 7.
- In 2013, the maximum number of points available for this tile was 7; the tile itself did not give a point. This was changed for the 2015 rules. Thus, the maximum number of points that can be scored is now 8.