The Markets of Leipzig
General info and comments
During the Middle Ages the town of Leipzig (lat. Lipsia) was the crossing point of the trading roads Via Regia and Via Imperii, which caused the emergence of numerous markets in this region. In the year of 1507 Leipzig became a staple town. Thus, all merchants passing through the town had to place their goods on the staple place and offer them for sale.
The Leipzig trade fair, which provides its logo as the symbol for this expansion, has its origins in the Middle Ages.
- 4 double Land tiles with the city of Leipzig, to be used as an alternative Start Tile
- 13 additional meeples in different colors in some versions
Place the Land tiles in a way that the four quarters lie next to each other and form the town of Leipzig (lat. Lipsia). Rightly, the signpost for Francofortum points to the west, the one for Stettinum to the north, Vratislavia to the east and Roma to the south. For the game, however, it is insignificant in which order the tiles are placed. This setup replaces the start tile.
If possible give an extra meeple to each player as meeples might run low easily in this variant.
Because this expansion was developed for the Carcassonne basic game the rules stay the same. You can play "The Markets of Leipzig" along with other expansions as well, however, there will be no official rules for these combinations.
Placing a tile
The rules stay the same.
Placing a meeple
The rules stay the same.
Scoring a feature
Each of Leipzig's quarters has one road which starts at its gate. All roads which are connected to these roads offer the possibility of sending one of your meeples to Leipzig. This counts as well for roads which are not directly connected to Leipzig, but are connected through a village. 
If you complete a road which leads to Leipzig, and you have the majority, you can choose to:
- Score the road and you get the points
- Send your meeple from the road to Leipzig and score 0 points for the road
- If you have more than one meeple on the road you are allowed to send one of them to Leipzig. With the other(s) you can, however, score the points for the road. If you send a meeple into the Wainwrights Quarter you will get the bonus points (see below) immediately.
- If more than one player has the majority, each one can decide on his own whether he wants to send the meeple to Leipzig or if he takes the points.
- The road on the double Land tiles counts merely as one road in a road scoring.
You move the meeple to any one of Leipzig's quarters (it does not have to be the one where the road ends) and the meeple will remain there until the game ends. You may only have one of your meeples in each quarter of Leipzig. Meeples of more than one player are allowed in each quarter - the meeples are simply stacked.
When you have a meeple in a quarter of Leipzig it will score you bonus points in specific scoring phases - either during the game, or at the end.
Scoring during the game
|Wainwrights quarter: Each road that is scored with your majority, you get 1 bonus point for each tile.|
|Coiners quarter: Each city that is scored, in which you have a knight (even if you do not have the majority), you get 3 points for each coat of arms.|
|Bookbinders quarter: Each monastery that is completed (which may be scored by you, other players, or nobody ) you get 4 bonus points.|
The bonus points for these 3 scorings count only for completed roads, cities and monasteries. In the final scoring at the end of the game you get no bonus points in these cases.
| Tanners quarter: When scoring fields at the end of the game , in addition to the usual points for cities, you get 2 points for each shed and each farm in the field if you have the majority of farmers there.
Note: The town of Leipzig counts as a completed city when scoring the fields.
Total Tiles: 4
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- The expansion was first released as a limited edition of total 600 examples: the 1st 300 examples at the "modell hobby spiel" in Leipzig from the 29th of September to the 1st of October 2017, and the 2nd 300 examples at the Spiel'17 in Essen from 26th to 29th of October 2017. This limited version was signed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and the CEO of Leipzig's trade fair center (Messe Leipzig) and contain 13 Followers/Meeples. A more general version is also available which only contains the four tiles.
- This means would mean roads connected through a small village but also a house, crossroads, a road junction or trees.
- Majority for scoring is counted before deciding whether to send to Leipzig. If, by sending a meeple to Leipzig, a player loses the majority, he still scores the points.
- It also means that you get bonus points from Coiners/Bookbinders quarters if, by placing one tile, you finish one of your cities/monasteries and send a meeple there.
The original rules do not refer to unoccupied monasteries explicitly but it is a similar case to a castle scoring an unoccupied monastery.
As indicated in Exp. 8 - Bridges, Castles and Bazaars, points are tallied for all completed features, even unoccupied ones. However, generally nobody scores (receives those points) for an unoccupied feature.
- Players do not get the bonus points when an abbot is removed/scored before the monastery is completed - only when the monastery is completed.
- The rules are clear about the Tanners quarter when playing with the basic game, where fields are only evaluated at the end of the game. However, as there are expansions that may score fields during the game, it is an open question if the Tanners quarter should be applied in such cases. If applied, this bonus would affect the early evaluation of fields in expansions such as Abbey and the Mayor and The Messages (Dispatches). No clarification is currently available.