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Variants are different versions of Carcassonne game that share the same set of rules.


Various promotional editions.


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10 cut-n-play tiles for Carcassonne in the Second Edition style introduced in 2014 that were hidden on the bottom of the gift box "Hans im Päckchen" given at out Essen 2014. No meeples were included.

Carcassonne Demo-Spiel

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Promotional mini game version of Carcassonne contained in the 999 Games 25th anniversary box in 2015. The game is for two players and contains 20 smaller tiles and 8 smaller meeples in red and blue (4 of each). No score track is provided, and all base game rules apply, except farmers. Also released by Hans im Glück in a German edition.

Limited Editions

Limited Edition 2003

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The Limited Edition was released in 2003, and is considered by some as Big Box 0 or, at least, the precursor to the Big Box series.


Limited edition: Base game, Trader and Builder

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This limited edition was released by Hans im Glück in 2004, and was supplied in a metal box.


Limited edition: Base game, Princess and Dragon

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This limited edition was released by Hans im Glück in 2006.


Limited edition: Base game, Crop circles

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This limited edition was released by Hans im Glück in 2009.


10th Anniversary

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Hans im Glück released the 10th Anniversary Edition of the game in 2011 packaged in a giant blue meeple-shaped case to mark the 10th Anniversary of Carcassonne.

Müller Exklusiv-Edition

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This was sold exclusively by the German trade company Müller from 2013. It was packaged in a metal box.


Saint Nicholas Scoring Board

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The Saint Nicholas Scoring Board is a variant based on a scoreboard for Carcassonne II that was sold by exclusively on Saint Nicholas Day in 2016. It was a limited edition of 150 items.

Two scoreboard spaces are marked with stickers:

  • Space number 6 has a Santa Claus hat.
  • Space number 24 has a Christmas tree.

The scoreboard is signed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede.

See the rules here

Limited Special Edition 2018

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This was sold exclusively by CundCo from 2018. This was a special edition of the Carcassonne game in the form of a medieval book. The product was handcrafted using natural materials like vegetable tanned leather and hand-made paper.The edition was strictly limited to 100 copies with 80 copies available for sale to Carcassonne fans. Each copy was individually numbered, and accompanied by a certificate of authentication.


Carcassonne Maps

With Carcassonne Maps, HiG offer a new possibility to play Carcassonne. It is designed for the New Edition.

You can use your tiles and meeples in a country, build cities with real names and influence the course of important roads. There are also new ways to score points, e.g. by winning the rating of a big city or by connecting roads to neighboring countries.

The map consists of high-quality, strong, linen-embossed paper and has the size A1. The map is delivered rolled up and the purchaser is recommended to flatten it by "bending against" before use or to press it flat again under a few books. Alternatively, it can also be attached to the table with a removable adhesive tape (crepe, for example). The latter also has the advantage that it is not moved accidentally.

The map requires players to use their own game material from the base game and some major expansions, so it is not a standalone product but a complement to play a variant of the base game with extra tiles.

Further maps with other countries are planned.

Carcassonne Maps - Germany

Carcassonne Map - Germany

Carcassonne Maps - Germany is the first release of the Carcassonne Maps series. It was released in 2019 and provides a map of Germany.

In order to play this variant, players need 114 tiles. The publisher suggests to get them from:

Additionally 10 meeples per player (including 1 scoring meeple) are also needed.

See the rules here

Big Boxes

Carcassonne Big Boxes are a good (and usually cheaper) way for players wanting to get started with the game of Carcassonne as they typically contain a copy of the base game and a number of major, and sometimes minor, expansions. These have been released every few years, with a slightly different set of expansions each time. The following Big Boxes have been released.

Big Box

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The first Big Box was released in 2006.


The German edition of Big Box did not include The River (thanks to kettlefish)

Big Box 2

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Big Box 2 was released in 2008.


Big Box 3

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Big Box 3 was released in 2010.


Big Box 4

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Big Box 4 was released in 2012.


Big Box 5

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Big Box 5 was released in 2014.


Big Box 6

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Big Box 6 was released in 2017.



The following bundles have been released.

Bundle: Base game, Traders and Builders, Princess and Dragon

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This bundle was released in 2005.


Bundle: Base game, Tower

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This bundle was released in 2007.


Bundle: Base game, Catapult

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This bundle was released in 2012.


Bundle: Base game II, Inns and Cathedrals II

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This bundle was released in 2016.



Carcassonne Travel Edition


The Travel Edition was released in 2007.

The tile size of the Travel Edition is smaller than the regular game, so it is not possible to add any expansion for the regular game, except The Phantom expansion. Meeples, too, are smaller than normal.

The game includes a bag for the tiles that is printed with a scoring table.

Carcassonne for 2

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Carcassonne for 2 was released by Hans im Glück in 2017.

It is a two-player version of Carcassonne that comes in a small metal box. There is no score track.


  • 48 landscape tiles (subset of the standard base game)
  • 12 meeples in two colours - 6 each in red and blue


Various variants for Carcassonne spin-offs.

Winter Digital Download

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In 2011, prior to the release of Winter Carcassonne, this was made available for download, for personal "print and play", from the Hans im Glück web site. The intent was for the files to be printed onto stickers and then stuck to regular Carcassonne tiles. Style-wise it was based on the First Edition artwork, with a covering of snow. This edition contained the standard set of 72 tiles and standard rules. Once Winter Carcassonne was released in 2012, the download version was withdrawn.


  • 72 land tile images in a 6 page PDF file