Cathedrals in Germany

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The Cathedrals in Germany mini expansion contains 6 tiles featuring well-known cathedrals in Germany. These cathedrals will provide new ways of scoring and will benefit the roads connected to them as well.


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The Cathedrals in Germany mini expansion contains 6 tiles featuring well-known cathedrals in Germany. These cathedrals will provide new ways of scoring and will benefit the roads connected to them as well.

This mini expansion, containing 6 well-known cathedrals in Germany, gives the players the opportunity to gain a respectable number of points with the help of archbishop and highwaymen/travelers. [1]

General info and comments

C2 Punchboard
C3 Punchboard
Expansion symbol

Cathedrals in Germany (Kathedralen in Deutschland) was released for the 2nd edition (C2 for short) by Hans im Glück in 2020. A version in the 3rd edition (C3 for short) was released in 2023.

It was originally released for the first edition (C1 for short) in 2016.

Contents

  • 6 new land tiles showing cathedrals in Germany.

Each of the 6 cathedral tiles has 3 or 4 road segments starting from the cathedral. [2]

Rules

Preparation

Shuffle the six new land tiles showing the cathedrals with those from the base game. This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne base game and its rules still apply.

Gameplay

1. Placing a tile

When you draw a land tile showing a cathedral, place it according to the normal rules.

2. Placing a meeple

After placing a land tile showing a cathedral, you may place one of your meeples on it according to the normal rules. You may place it on a road, in a field, or on the cathedral as archbishop.

3. Scoring a feature
Scoring a closed road

When you complete a road leading directly to a cathedral your highwayman/traveler gives you 2 points for each road tile the road consist of. [3] [4]

Special rule when scoring a road

Unlike the rules of the base game, for a road starting and ending on the same land tile showing a cathedral, you count and score each road segment separately.

Example 1 - Scoring a completed road: You get 10 points for the closed road. On the land tile showing a cathedral you count both roads segments separately.
Scoring a cathedral

The cathedral itself can only be scored once all roads leading to it are closed. The archbishop gives you points for all these roads - 1 point for each road tile, in fact. The 3 or 4 road segments on the cathedral tile are counted separately. [4]

Note: A road starting and ending at the cathedral, is counted as one road, which will be scored once. [5]

Example 2 - Scoring a completed German Cathedral: You get 8 points for the finished cathedral (Two closed roads: 1x worth 5 points and 1x worth 3 points). Blue gets 6 points for the closed road.

After scoring, you take your meeple back, as usual.

Final Scoring

At the end of the game unfinished roads leading to cathedrals and unfinished cathedrals give you points. Highwaymen/travelers and archbishops give you one point for each road tile leading to the cathedral (road segments on German Cathedral tiles are counted separately.) [4] [6]

Example 3 - Scoring an uncompleted German Cathedral: You get 6 points for the uncompleted cathedral (Three uncompleted roads: 1x worth 3 points, 1x worth 1 point -the road segment on the German cathedral tile- and 1x worth 2 points). Blue gets 2 points for the uncompleted road.

Other expansions

This section contains additional information about the interactions with other Carcassonne expansions.

Exp. 1 - Inns & CathedralsExp. 1 - Inns & Cathedrals

Official clarification from the publisher When using Inns and Cathedrals, for each closed road with an Inn [7] that leads to a cathedral, you get 3 instead of 2 points for each road tile, and 2 points instead of 1 for your archbishop. [8] Unfinished roads at the end of the game are still worth 0 points. This applies to the highwayman/traveler as well as the archbishop. [4]

Example 1 - Scoring a completed German Cathedral with inns: You get 13 points for the finished cathedral with inns (Two completed roads: 1x worth 10 points for the inn and 1x worth 3 points). Blue gets 6 points for the completed road.
Example 2 - Scoring a completed German Cathedral with inns: You get 18 points for the finished cathedral with inns (The completed roads: 1x worth 8 points for the inn, 1x worth 2 points, and 1x worth 8 points). Blue gets 12 points for the completed road with the inn.
Example 3 - Scoring an uncompleted German Cathedral with inns: You get 5 points for the uncompleted cathedral (One completed road and one uncompleted road: 1x worth 5 points and 1x worth 0 points for the inn). Blue gets 0 points for the uncompleted road with an inn.
Example 4 - Scoring an uncompleted German Cathedral with inns: You get 12 points for the uncompleted cathedral (Two completed roads and one uncompleted road: 1x worth 8 points for the completed road with the inn, 1x worth 2 points for the other completed road, and 1x worth 2 points). Blue gets 2 points for the uncompleted road.

Exp. 3 - The Princess & the DragonExp. 3 - The Princess & the Dragon

Official clarification from the publisher When using The Princess and the Dragon the dragon eats the archbishop when the dragon moves onto a land tile showing a cathedral.

Exp. 6 - Count, King & RobberExp. 6 - Count, King & Robber

Interpretation from the Community German Cathedrals are not monasteries and cannot be challenged by a shrine.

 Interpretation from the Community Question: If you play with German Cathedrals and Shrines, do the German Cathedrals act as a kind of monastery?

Answer: No, there is no interaction as there is between monasteries/cloisters and cult places.

Mini #5 - Mage & WitchMini #5 - Mage & Witch

Interpretation from the Community The Mage (see Mage and Witch) should consider the actual number of road tiles as usual including the German Cathedral tiles. Therefore road segments on German Cathedrals are not considered separately.

Example - Scoring a complete road with the Mage: You completed a 4-tile road looping back to a German Cathedral. The Mage is on the road too. You will score a total of 14 points:
  • (3 road tiles segments + 2 road segments on German Cathedral tile) x 2 points = 5 x 2 points = 10 points
  • 4 tiles x 1 point for the Mage = 4 points

The Markets of LeipzigThe Markets of Leipzig

Interpretation from the Community The Wainwrights quarter bonus (see The Markets of Leipzig) should consider the actual number of road tiles as usual including the German Cathedral tiles. Therefore road segments on German Cathedrals are not considered separately.

Fan Expansions

General comments:

Interpretation from the Community Check out the following fan expansions that include German Cathedrals in the rules.

Bards of CarcassonneBards of Carcassonne
COVID-19COVID-19
The WellsThe Wells

Tile distribution

Third edition C3

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The cathedrals in detail

Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia) Cologne Cathedral
(North Rhine-Westphalia)

Cologne cathedral counts among the biggest gothic cathedrals in the world. Its foundation stone was laid down in the 13th century but it was finished only in the 19th. Today, Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
www.Koelner-dom.de


Frauenkirche (Munich, Bavaria) Frauenkirche
(Munich, Bavaria)

The Frauenkirche in the capital of Bavaria was built in the late Gothic style. As early as 1494 it was consecrated as place of worship. With its towers that stand at almost 100 meters tall it is characteristic of the skyline of Munich.
www.muencher-dom.de


Dresden Cathedral (Saxony) Dresden Cathedral
(Saxony)

The Frauenkirche in Dresden was built in baroque style between 1725 and 1743. During WWII it was badly hit by Allied air raids and collapsed in the morning of February 15th, 1945. Rebuilding began in 1994 and was completed 11 years later.
www.frauenkirche-dresden.de


St.Michael's Church (Hamburg) St.Michael's Church
(Hamburg)

The protestant main church, Saint Michael called "Michel" ("Mike"), is the most famous church in Hamburg and a landmark of the Hanseatic town. It counts as most important baroque church in northern Germany and is dedicated to the archangel Michael whose huge bronze statue stands above the main portal.
www.st-michaelis.de


Ulm Minster (Baden-Wurttemberg) Ulm Minster
(Baden-Wurttemberg)

The Ulm Minster was built in Gothic style and has the tallest church tower in the world (161.5m). Its foundation stone was laid in 1377 when Ulm was still mostly catholic. Today it is Germany's biggest Protestant church building.
www.ulmer-muenster.de


Aachen Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)' Aachen Cathedral
(North Rhine-Westphalia)

During a period of 600 years, 40 German kings were crowned in Aachen Cathedral - its construction started in 796. In 1978 the cathedral was the first German cultural heritage to be included in UNESCO's world heritage list.
www.aachenerdom.de

Footnotes

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  1. Interpretation from the Community Meeples on roads are called highwaymen in C2, and travelers in C3. We are keeping both names to cover both editions.
  2. Official clarification from the publisher Authors Note: Of course, the real cathedrals are located within their cities. We wanted to make the distinction since cathedrals already played a part in the first expansion Inns and Cathedrals. Thus, the cathedrals in this expansion are standing in the fields and fulfill their own function. We are also aware that no cathedrals and archbishops exist in the Protestant church. We simplified the names for easier reading. Thank you for understanding.
  3. Interpretation from the Community German Cathedrals do not stack when scoring roads.

     Interpretation from the Community Question: If a road starts at one German Cathedral and ends at a different German Cathedral is the scoring of the road still 2 points per road tile?

    Answer: Yes, still 2 points per road tile. German Cathedrals do not stack. (3/2016)

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Interpretation from the Community The following table summarizes the various scoring cases. Take into account that road segments on a German Cathedral are counted separately and get the same points as any road tile:
    Feature Completed normal road Completed road with Inn(s) Uncompleted normal road Uncompleted road with Inn(s)
    Scoring during the game
    Road leading to Cathedral 2 points / tile 3 points / tile
    Archbishop on G. Cathedral 1 point / tile 2 points / tile
    Scoring after the game
    Road leading to Cathedral 1 point / tile 0 points / tile
    Archbishop on G. Cathedral 1 point / tile 2 points / tile 1 point / tile 0 points / tile
  5. Interpretation from the Community This note included in the 1st edition was omitted in the new edition.
  6. Official clarification from the publisher This paragraph has been updated to reflect the original meaning of the HiG rules. The official clarifications provided indicated that:
    • Highwaymen/travelers on unfinished roads are scored as usual, that is, taking into account the majority.
    • Archbishops on unfinished cathedrals get 1 point per tile from all the finished and unfinished roads leading to the cathedral.
    In any case, road segments on the cathedral tile are counted separately for road starting and ending at the cathedral. (4/2016)
  7. Official clarification from the publisher Inns do no stack: If more than one Inn is present on a road, the road still scores 2 points for each road tile.
  8. Official clarification from the publisher Archbishops score 2 points per road tile on a finished road with an Inn both during the game and after the game. (4/2016)