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


Various promotional editions.


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

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

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

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

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


Limited edition: Base game, Crop circles

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


10th Anniversary

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

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


Saint Nicholas Scoring Board

This variant is 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.

Rules for the Saint Nicholas Scoring Board

You will get an extra turn right after your Scoring Phase, and before the next player's turn, if your scoring meeple lands on or crosses:

  • Space number 6 as last player
  • Space number 24 as first player

Limited Special Edition 2018

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.


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

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

Big Box 2 was released in 2008.


Big Box 3

Big Box 3 was released in 2010.


Big Box 4

Big Box 4 was released in 2012.


Big Box 5

Big Box 5 was released in 2014.


Big Box 6

Big Box 6 was released in 2017.



The following bundles have been released.

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

This bundle was released in 2005.


Bundle: Base game, Tower

This bundle was released in 2007.


Bundle: Base game, Catapult

This bundle was released in 2012.


Bundle: Base game II, Inns and Cathedrals II

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

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

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