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The people of the north have always been famous for their journeys of discovery and experienced numerous adventures. Now it's up to you to follow in their footsteps.

General info and comments

Carcassonne Map-Chips was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2019.

It is a mini-expansion with different rules for each Carcassonne Map. In the case of Carcassonne Maps - Nordics, players can discover some Nordic highlights and explore them with the help of their tiles.

Contents

  • 30 Map–Chips (10 each in purple, light blue, and orange.)
Carcassonne Map-Chips
Map-Chip back side

It is recommended to play with 115–125 tiles, e.g. from the Big Box: Base game (72) + 1. exp. (18) + Mini 4 to 7 (30) = 120 tiles.

Rules

Preparation

Use 2 of the 3 possible starting spaces of choice.

Example: Starting space

Shuffle all 30 Map-Chips facedown. Then place two of them facedown on each marked space.

Example: Space for 2 map-chips

Gameplay

1. Placing a tile

Waves

Spaces with wavy lines can be seen on the map. You can't place a landscape tile on these spaces.

Example: A square with waves, where no tile can be placed.

Collecting chips

If you place your tile next to a pre-printed city, immediately take the map-chips lying there. It doesn't matter whether you place a meeple or not. You get points immediately according to the numbers on the map-chips. Afterward, you put the chips in your personal supply.

Example 1: You place your tile next to Oslo. You get 2 map-chips that are worth 3 points.

Discover Nordic highlights

You can't place a land tile onto a highlight. But you can place any tile next to it. Like at a border square, all features are closed at the side of the highlight. When a highlight is discovered at one side, you can't automatically place tiles at the other sides (unlike a printed city).

Example 2: Nordic Highlight
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

If you are scoring a road, you can upgrade it, by using your map-chips. For every color you use, you get 1 additional point per tile. You can use 1 chip per color per scoring. Afterward, the used chips are removed from the game.

Every highlight is bordered with one of the 3 map-chip colors. Because of that, you will get 2 instead of 1 point for each tile of a road to a highlight. If you use map-chips with other colors, you get 1 more point per color for each road tile. The colors which border the highlight can be used several times.

The ferry routes are counted, independent from their length, as 1 road tile and can be improved by map-chips as usual.

Example:
1 You close the road to Santa Claus Village.
2 You use a light blue and a purple chip, to have all 3 colors (the village is bordered by orange, so you don't need an orange chip).
Because you have 3 different colors, each road tile is now worth 4 points for you. You get 12 points total for this road.
Since Blue is also on this road, but didn't use any chips, Blue only gets 2 points per tile, so 6 points total.
Final Scoring

At the end of the game, you can't upgrade any of your roads, neither with chips nor by the highlights.

Tile distribution

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The highlights

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Faddersbøl Mølle is a so-called Holland mill, which, as the name suggests, was developed in Holland. The mill was built in 1859. Today, the landscape is shaped by the many high windmills in this area. The mill was used by the farmers of this area to grind their grain.
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Gotland is a Swedish island and historical province. It’s the second-largest island in the Baltic Sea. The island got its name from the German tribe of the “Goths”. Today Gotland is a famous holiday destination. Gotland is known for its species-rich natural landscape. Especially the birdlife and the diversity of orchids are to be highlighted.
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The Imatrafall is a waterfall in the city Imatra. The Vuoksi river falls here, over 500 meters, in a narrow granite canyon 18 meters deep. Since 1929 the falls are used for energy production and the water redirected. Only at certain times, the locks are opened, and the old river gets flooded. The Imatrafall is one of 27 official “nature landscapes” of Finland.
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Inarijärvi is a lake in the Lapland part of Finland. The lake is the third-largest lake in Finland. The deepest point of the lake is 92 meters deep. Because of its more than 3000 islands, it seems like a labyrinth of water roads, instead of a stretch of water.
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The Kebnekaise, at 2097 meters tall (north peak), is the highest mountain of Sweden. Previously the glaciated south peak was higher than the north peak, but in 2018 because of glacial melt, the south peak became smaller than the north peak.
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Old Tjikko is an approximately 9550-year-old Norway spruce, which grows in the mountains of the Swedish province Dalarna. Old Tjikko is the oldest living individual clonal tree. The stem gets estimated at some hundred years. The tree as a whole, survived much longer, by regrowing a new stem, from the still-living root system.
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Santa Claus Village is an amusement park in Rovaniemi, in the Lapland part of Finland. It was opened in 1985. In the middle of the village is a white line showing the arctic circle from 1865. Today the arctic circle is about 700m further north. Santa Claus has an office in the village, where you can meet him during his office hours.
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The Svartifoss, in English “black waterfall”, because of the color of the surrounding rocks, is at Skaftafell national park in the southeast of Iceland. Der Stórilækur (big creek) falls over a rock edge, which is surrounded by basalt columns like organ pipes, and keeps flows in the Vestragil (west canyon).
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The Tromsdalen Church (also called Arctic Cathedral) is an Evangelical Lutheran Parish, Seaman's Church, and a Tromsø city landmark. The cathedral was created by the architect Jan Inge Hovig and built from 1964 to 1965.
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Trollforsen is one of the biggest rapids in Europe. It’s in the Norway community Arvidsjaur. For a distance of 800m, the Piteälven river flows between rocks and over cliffs and overcomes a considerable difference in altitude. The nature forest around is full of creeks, little lakes, and swamps.