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Carcassonne Maps - Germany

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Carcassonne Maps - Germany was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2019. It is a variant for the new edition that offers players a new possibility to play Carcassonne by placing tiles on a map of Germany. Hans im Glück suggests some rules variations, but encourage players to design their own too.

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Carcassonne Map - Germany
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In addition, you need:
  • Land tiles: It is recommended to play with about 110-120 tiles. Preferably, you use the basic game tiles and 2 expansions. If you choose for example the basic game with Exp. 1 - Inns and Cathedrals and Exp. 2 - Traders and Builders, you'll play with (72 + 18 + 24 =) 114 tiles. It might be helpful to play without the additional rules and meeples of the expansions and to use only the tiles in the beginning.
  • Meeples: If possible, each player should play with 9 instead of 7 meeples (+ 1 meeple on the scoring board) [1]


Rules

Preparation

There are 3 start-squares: Rostock in the North, Erfurt in the centre and Stuttgart in the South (with a darker margin). You should start with at least 2 start-squares. Take the starting tile (with the darker backside) and another random tile and place both of them on two start-squares. You start your game by placing your first tile next to these tiles.


 
Rostock start space in the north
 
Erfurt start space in the middle
 
Stuttgart start space in the south

The general rules stay the same, and some new rules are added. However some of them are only variants and ideas which you can apply but don‘t have to.

(Note: to make it easier to read we will be using the words large city and town even if those words do not always represent reality.)


1. Placing a tile

You’re only allowed to place a tile on a printed square. As usual, you have to place a tile next to an already placed one.

 
Example 1: You place a compatible tile next to the starting tile (in Rostock.)

Large cities

On squares with printed large city tiles (Hamburg, Berlin, Hannover, Ruhrgebiet, Frankfurt und München) you cannot place tiles. As soon as you place a tile next to a city tile it is connected. From now on, everybody can place a tile next to the city tile.

 
Example 2: You have connected Berlin in the West with a compatible tile. From now on, everybody is allowed to place a card on the adjacent squares.

Towns

Squares with towns (with a small house, for example Bremen, Saarbrücken, Nürnberg,... ) count as normal squares. You are allowed to place tiles according to the general rules. You find some variants in section Variants below.

Border squares with adjacent city or road

Wherever there are cities or roads printed on the "border" of the map you have to place a compatible tile.

 
Example 3: The roads and city on the border are connected with compatible tiles.

Border squares without connection

The "border" of the map is neutral which means that you are allowed to place your tile the way you want if there are no preprinted towns or roads.

 
Example 4: In this case, it doesn’t matter how you place your tiles (with regard to the border.)


2. Placing a meeple

After having placed a tile you are allowed to place a meeple according to the general rules.


3. Scoring a feature

Large cities

If you complete a large city you score according to the general rules. Preprinted large city tiles are scored in the same way as a normal city tile. Coats of arms [2] give bonus points.

 
Example 1: Berlin is completed. As the owner, you get 20 points (6 tiles + 4 coats of arms [2 points per coat of arms.])

Border squares with adjacent city or road

Roads which end on the border are automatically completed there. Preprinted roads or towns are scored as normal tiles. Coats of arms give bonus points.

 
Example 2: Your road is completed (it ends in Denmark.) You get 8 points. (4 points for 4 road segments and 4 points for the coats of arms.)
 
Example 3: Your city is completed. You get 10 points. (3 city tiles + 2 coats of arms [2 points per coat of arms.])

City or road on the border

A city, road or field placed on the border (next to clouds or the sea) is seen as completed. You score them according to the normal rules.

Monastery on the border

You aren’t required to place 8 adjacent tiles to complete and score a monastery next to the border. Only the surrounding squares (also the diagonal ones) have to be filled with tiles. However, only real tiles as well as preprinted large city tiles are scored [3]

 
Example 4: You score your monastery on the border. You get 5 points (1 point for the monastery and 1 point each for the adjacent tiles [4].)

Final scoring

As usual, city tiles and coats of arms of cities or roads which haven’t been completed score only 1 point each.

 
Example 5: You get 4 points for the uncompleted road (3 for the tiles and 1 for the coat of arms.)

Variants

Towns

You can try using the following additional rules for the town squares:

  1. Placing a tile on top of a town grants you one instant extra turn. This can only be done once within one draw.
  2. Placing a tile on top of a town costs 2 points.
  3. When scoring a road, you get 2 bonus points for each town which is still visible and touches your road (horizontally or vertically.)

Tile distribution

Total Maps: 1

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Footnotes

For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.

  1.   If you need additional meeples: you can order everything you need in the Cundco.de webshop.
  2.   The English manual released by Cudco.de used "emblems" instead of "coat of arms" throughout the rules. We are using "coats of arms" for the sake of consistency with the New Edition.
  3.   Printed tiles containing city and road segments abroad are not taken into consideration when scoring a monastery. Therefore, monastery scoring only takes into consideration:
    • Regular land tiles, as per the normal rules
    • Printed large city tiles that may be adjacent to the monastery
    Thus features on the border of the map consider printed tiles differently when scoring (also shown in the table below):
    • Roads consider regular tiles and printed road segments abroad.
    • Cities consider regular tiles, printed large city tiles and city segments abroad .
    • Monasteries consider regular tiles and printed large city tiles.
    Feature Regular Feature Tile Printed Large City Tile Printed Feature Segment Abroad
    Road
    City
    Monastery
  4.   This example was updated by the publisher on April 3rd 2019. In the original example, the monastery was not completed since the tile adjacent top right was missing. Moreover, as the monastery had only 3 adjacent tiles, it was scoring 4 points (1 point for the monastery and 3 points for the adjacent tiles.)