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General info and comments

Cardcassonne is the official card game of Carcassonne, it was designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and Karl-Heinz Schmiel, illustrated by Claus Stephan, and released in 2009.


  • 4 Scoring tracks in 4 colors (yellow, red, green, blue)
They form a winding scoring track from 1 to 100.
Scoring tracks
Note: The colors of the scoring tracks are not related to the colors of the followers.
  • 5 large followers in 5 colors
  • 5 small followers in 5 colors
Card-bigmeeples.png Card-meeples.png
  • 5 chests
  • 5 tiles 100/200 (back side)
Card-chests.png Card-scoretokens.png
  • 140 cards
  • 30 cards per color consisting of:
person cards building cards animal cards
8 each 5 each 3 each 5 each 9 each
Card-bluecard1person.png Card-bluecard2person.png Card-bluecard3person.png Card-bluecardbuilding.png Card-bluecardanimals.png blue cards = city
yellow cards = cloister red cards = road green cards = field
Card-yellowcards.png Card-redcards.png Card-greencards.png
  • Jokers: 2 (dragon and fairy)
  • 4 animals
  • 4 buildings
  • 5 scoring cards
Card-dragoncard.pngCard-fairycard.png Card-wildanimalcard.png Card-wildbuildingcard.png Card-scoringcards.png Points for animal cards

Points for city cards
  • 1 rule booklet
  • 5 blank cards (not used in the game)


Overview and goal

By skillful placing of cards and protecting card series’, the players earn points.

At game's end, the player with the most points wins the game.


Place the 4 scoring tracks at the end of the table, one above the other, as shown below, to form a continuous scoring track from 1 to 100. They should be placed so their “open” sides face the table where players will play their cards.

The players will place cards next to these open sides such the card colors match the opening colors.

Each player chooses a color and takes:

  • 1 large follower in his color Card-redbigmeeple.png
  • 1 small follower in his color which he places next to the 1 on the scoring track Card-redmeeple.png
  • 1 chest Card-chest.png
  • 1 scoring card Card-scoringcard.png

With fewer than 5 players, place unused scoring cards, chests, and followers back into the box along with the blank cards.

The players choose one player to be the dealer.

Shuffle the remaining 130 cards several times and place them on the table as a supply. Subsequently, the dealer draws the top-most card and places it next to the opening matching its color. He continues in this way until he has placed 10 cards. If he draws a joker, he places it in the row of his choosing.

The dealer now gives each player cards from the supply, depending on the number of players. This is also done at the beginning of each round:

# of players cards per round # of rounds
2 players 6 cards 10 rounds
3 players 5 cards 8 rounds
4 players 5 cards 6 rounds
5 players 4 cards 6 rounds

Each player takes the cards and holds them secretly in his hand.

The dealer drew these 10 cards and placed them on the matching rows. Yellow row = Cloister row, Red row = Road row, Green row = Field row, and Blue row = City row. In this example, there were no field cards drawn. Please remember: the player colors do not correspond to the card colors or rows.

Playing the game

Round start

Cardcassonne is played over several rounds. Each round begins with the player to the left of the dealer and continues clockwise around the table. A round ends when all players have placed all their hand cards, have placed their large followers, and have executed the scoring. Each player, on his turn, must choose to execute one of the following two actions, either:

■ Place one card or
■ Place his large follower.

Place one card

The player places one of his hand cards at the beginning of an empty row or next to the last card previously placed on a non-empty row. The player follows these rules:

  • He must place his first card in each round face down.
  • He must place each further card in the round face up.
  • He must place the card in the row that matches the color of the card (except for face-down cards, see mismatched rules section).
  • He may place a joker (animal joker, building joker, dragon, or fairy) on any row.
  • He may never place a card between cards already placed.
Black plays a red card and places it on the red row.
Blue also plays a red card and places it next to the red card just placed by black.
Green plays a green card and places it next to the last card on the green row.
Place his large follower

The player places his larger follower at the end of a row. With it the player claims the cards behind it in the row for himself. The claim is only for the cards from the follower to the scoring track or another large follower, whichever comes first.

Follow these rules also:

  • Once placed, the follower remains until the next round-end scoring.
  • Several followers may be placed in a single row.
  • The player who is the last to place his follower laying-down [1] in a round becomes the dealer for the next round.
  • The player gets the cards he claims with his follower at the round-end scoring.

Once a player has executed one of the two actions, his turn is over and the next player takes his turn.

Black, Green, and Red place their large followers: Black claims the 4 cards on the field row. Green claims the 4 cards on the city row. After three more cards are placed on the city row, Red places her large follower there to claim those 3 cards after the green follower.

Scoring the cards

When all players have played all their hand cards and placed their large followers, each player takes the cards he has claimed with his large follower and takes back his large follower. Each then scores by moving his small follower along the scoring track. When a player passes 100, he takes a 100 tile, and will turn it one to 200 if he passes 200 points.

The claimed cards are taken (from the rows from bottom to top). Cards not claimed remain in their rows and should be moved close to the scoring track if cards between them and the track are taken. Face-down claimed cards are turned face up. Cards claimed by players are scored as follows by the players.

Card-titleperson.png Person cards (1-3)

Multiply the sum of the values of the numbers on the cards by the number of cards to get the person card score. The player records the score by moving his small follower along the scoring track. The player returns the scored cards to the box.

Red scores the following
3+1+1 = 5
Red has 3 person cards
5 x 3 = 15 points
Card-animaltitle.png Animal cards

Players who have claimed animal cards group them by animal type and score them as described in the example below:


Red has 2 sheep cards among his claimed cards. He puts them face up in his play area and records the 6 points on the scoring track. The animal cards remain in his play area.
2 cards = 6 points
At the end of a later round, Red claims 2 more sheep cards and 1 animal joker. He places them next to his other sheep cards in his play area, giving him 5 sheep cards. Now he scores 14 points and records them on the scoring track by moving his small follower.
5 cards = 14 points

If the player claims animal joker card(s) without any animal cards in his play area, he scores 3 points for each. As soon as he claims animal cards, he must allocate the animal joker card(s) to one kind of animal card. If a player has animal cards in his play area, but does not add to that animal type in a round, he does not score that type this round.

Card-buildingtitle.png Building cards

Players who claim building cards put them face down under their chests. These cards are scored at game end. The players may not look at the cards under their treasure chests during the game. Building jokers are also placed under the treasure chests and scored at game end.

Red claims 1 building joker and 2 building cards. It puts them under his chest.
Card-jokertitle.png Joker

The dragon and fairy cards immediately score 10 points each, which the player records on the scoring track. These cards are then returned to the box.

Color mismatched cards

Only possible with cards placed face down

If a player claims a face down card that does not match the color of the row it is in, it is handled in the following manner:

For each person card claimed in a false color, the player immediately records 10 points on the scoring track and returns the card to the box.

For each animal or building card claimed in a false color there are two possibilities:

  • He immediately records 10 points on the scoring track and returns the card to the box, or
  • He places the animal card in his play area and scores points accordingly;

He places the building card under his chest.

Round end

The (new) dealer deals each player new cards according to the table above and the next round begins.

Game end

The game ends immediately when the card supply is exhausted. Any cards that remain unclaimed are returned to the box.

Final scoring

The players score their building cards. Each player takes the cards he claimed during the game from under his chest.

Players score for each group of 2 to 4 different building cards.

Thus, the players score the following points:

  • 1 single building card 0 points
  • 2 different building cards 5 points
  • 3 different building cards 15 points
  • 4 different building cards 30 points

The building joker can be used for each building card.

Players record their building card scores on the scoring track.

Red scores a total of 65 points for his building cards. Group A = 30 points, group B = 30 points, group C = 5 points, and group D = 0 points

The player with most points wins the game.

If players tie with the most points, the player among those tied with the most building cards is the winner.



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  1. Notorious rule difference among editions or publishers Devir rules in Spanish state that the player who is the last to place his follower should put it laying down.