The Wonders of Humanity

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The Wonders of Humanity expansion contains mega tiles spanning across 5 spaces in various configurations. Each mega tile feature a wonder built by man in different ages. Each of them brings you individual advantages. But everyone can only use one per game. Get a matching wonder quickly to benefit from it as often as possible!

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The Wonders of Humanity expansion contains mega tiles spanning across 5 spaces in various configurations. Each mega tile feature a wonder built by man in different ages. Each of them brings you individual advantages. But everyone can only use one per game. Get a matching wonder quickly to benefit from it as often as possible!

The wonders of humanity have reached Carcassonne. Each of them brings you individual advantages. But everyone can only use one per game. Get the wonder you want quickly to benefit from it as often as possible!

General info and comments

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The Wonders of Humanity was released by Hans im Glück in 2023. The expansion contains wonder tiles spanning across 5 spaces in various configurations. Each tile features a wonder built by man in different ages. The first set contains the following wonders. More sets will come:

  • Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located near Amesbury in southern England (UK).
  • Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue in Rome, Italy.
  • Notre-Dame, a medieval Gothic cathedral built in Paris, France.
  • Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex from the 13th century located in Granada, Spain.

This expansion has cities with clipped buildings.

Contents

  • 4 wonder tiles with Wonders of Humanity (each one counts as 5 contiguous square tiles)
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Notre-Dame
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Stonehenge
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Circus Maximus
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Alhambra

Note: The map printed on the back of the first set of wonder tiles (Stonehenge, Notre-Dame, Circus Maximus and Alhambra) is only relevant for the Carcassonne Game Festival 2023 in Carcassonne.

Map of Carcassonne on the back of the wonder tiles once assembled

Rules

Preparation

We recommend you to play with at least 90 tiles and one additional meeple (e.g. Base game + 1st expansion). [1] Ignore any additional expansion rules.

Example: Setup for 4 players, where two meeples per player are placed next to the 10 space on the scoreboard.
  • Each player takes all 9 meeples in one color. Place 2 meeples in each color next to the 10 space outside the scoreboard.
Note: One of these two meeples is used only to mark your wonder. You can use the large meeple of the 1st expansion or any other figure in that color.
Place a scoring meeple as usual on the 0 space of the scoreboard. All playes start the game with 6 meeples in their supply.
  • Choose 1 wonder tile per player. Place them faceup next to the scoreboard. Discard the remaining wonder tiles, you do not need them for this game.

Note: There are only 4 wonders in the first set. So you can only play with up to four players. However, there will be more sets available, that will allow you to choose the wonders and/or play with more than 4 players.


Placing a wonder tile

There is one wonder for each player. To receive a wonder tile, you must fulfill a condition. This falls under section 3. Scoring a feature described next:

3. Scoring a feature and getting a wonder tile

There is 1 wonder for each player. So you can get a wonder tile only once during the game.

When your scoring meeple reaches or exceeds the space with the meeple pairs (the first time it is the 10 space), you perform the following steps in sequence:

  1. Choose one of the wonder tiles available and place it in front of you. You don't place it on the game board yet (see 1. Placing a wonder tile).
  2. Take your two meeples next to the scoreboard and add them to your supply.
  3. Move all remaining meeples placed next to the scoreboard 5 spaces forward (i.e. the first time next to the 15 space, then next to the 20 space, and finally next to the 25 space).
ATTENTION: You must never move the meeple pairs beyond the 25 space, even if there are more than 4 players. The meeples remain next to the 25 space until they are reached by all other scoring meeples.
Example: You are the first player to reach 10 points, so you first obtain a wonder tile. Then take your meeples next to the scoreboard into your supply. Finally move the meeples from the other players to the 15 space.

Special case: If several players reach the space with the meeple pairs on the same turn, the person whose turn it is chooses which of them will take a wonder tile. After that, the meeple pairs are moved 5 spaces forward as usual. If there are still scoring meeples from other players (who have not taken a wonder yet) on or past the space with the meeple pairs, the person whose turn it is decides again who will take the next wonder, and so on.

1. Placing a wonder tile

If there is a wonder tile in front of you, you do not draw a tile, but instead place your wonder tile according to the usual placement rules. [2] Once you have placed it, you have to mark your wonder with one of the 2 meeples that you obtained along with the wonder tile. To do so, place the marker meeple in the center of the wonder (not on a city, road or field). This marker meeple remains there until the end of the game. For a better distinction from other meeples, you can put the marker meeple upside down.

Note: In the very rare case that there is no way to place the wonder tile correctly, you draw a tile that you must immediately place so that you can immediately place your wonder tile (on it) afterwards. If this is not possible either, the tile is removed from the game (even if it would have fit) and you draw another tile, and so on. You do not place a meeple on the additionally drawn tile.

2. Placing a meeple on a wonder tile

After you have placed and marked your wonder, you may immediately place up to 2 meeples on different unoccupied features (city, road, monastery or field) of this wonder tile. You may also place only one or no meeples. If you place 2 meeples, they may also be placed on the same square. [3]

Example: You place Alhambra and you then place a meeple upside down on the wonder. Then you place a meeple in the city and another meeple on the unoccupied road on the wonder tile.
3. Scoring a wonder

Each wonder has its own function that can earn you points. Some wonders give you points during the game, while others give you points at the end of the game. [4]

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Notre-Dame

During the game (not during the turn in which you place the Notre-Dame wonder tile), if you place a meeple on one of the 8 tiles surrounding a monastery, you immediately score 3 points. It is irrelevant if the monastery has a monk or not. [5] Even if several monasteries are adjacent to the tile where the meeple is placed, you will "only" receive 3 points. [6]

Example: You place your meeple on this tile and immediately score 3 points.

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Stonehenge

If you complete one or more occupied roads during your turn (not when playing the Stonehenge wonder tile itself), you immediately score 3 points for each road you complete (even if you don't have a meeple on the road yourself). After that, you score the road as usual. [7]

Example: You complete a road with a meeple on it. You immediately score 3 points. After getting these bonus points, the scoring will proceed as usual and Yellow will receive 4 points for the road (4 tiles x 1 point).

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Circus Maximus

At the end of the game, depending on the number of players, you will receive points for each meeple of another color in still uncompleted cities:

2 players:      4 points
3-4 players:      3 points
5+ players:      2 points
Example: Detailed view at the end of the game: In the game with three players you get 6 points for the yellow knights (2 meeples x 3 points) and 3 points for the blue one (1 meeple x 3 points). You do not get any points for your own meeple.

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Alhambra

At the end of the game, you score 4 points for each of your farmers, regardless of whether they score any other points.

Example: Detailed view at the end of the game: You receive 8 points for your farmers on the board (2 farmers x 4 points).

Important!

  • At the end of the game, you first score the wonders that score at the end of the game. After that, you continue with the normal final scoring.
  • Each wonder tile counts as 5 individual normal tiles. Accordingly, the roads and cities can consist of more than one tile. You must take this into account during the scoring. Stonehenge and Notre-Dame each have a road that spans across 2 tiles. The Alhambra has a city that spans across 3 tiles, and the Circus Maximus has a city that spans across 4 tiles.[8]

The wonders in detail

Wonders Of Humanity C3 Wonder Image 01.png     Notre-Dame

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a Roman Catholic church. It was built between 1163 and 1345 and is one of the earliest Gothic church buildings in France. It stands in the historic center of Paris on the Seine island of Île de la Cité. On April 15, 2019, it suffered severe damage from a major fire. Shortly after, the French Parliament decided to reconstruct it true to the original.


Wonders Of Humanity C3 Wonder Image 02.png     Stonehenge

The monument is a megalithic structure of the Neolithic period. It is located near the river Avon near Amesbury in southern England, and was erected in several sections (over several hundred years) starting at least in 3000 BC. Various hypotheses exist about the occasion and purpose of this highly elaborate monument. Stonehenge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.


Wonders Of Humanity C3 Wonder Image 03.png     Circus Maximus

First built in stone as a permanent installation, construction began around 31 BC. With a total length of about 600 meters and a width of 140 meters, the Circus Maximus was the largest circus in ancient Rome. So it was even larger than the Colosseum and until modern times the largest stadium in the world. Chariot races were held in it until the 6th century. Its capacity is said to have been up to 250,000 seats in the meantime, although this is only based on a story. More likely are - still very impressive - 150,000 seats.


Wonders Of Humanity C3 Wonder Image 04.png     Alhambra

On the Sabikah Hill in Granada, Andalusia, Spain, stands the Alhambra City Castle. The castle complex in the Moorish style of Islamic art is about 740 meters long and 220 meters wide. Especially the Nasrid palaces with their gardens, the medina and the Renaissance palace of Charles the Fifth are significant for the Alhambra today. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.

Tile distribution

Total tiles: 4
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Notre-Dame, Monastery
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Stonehenge
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Circus Maximus
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Alhambra

Footnotes

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  1. Interpretation from the Community The initial version of the rules suggested playing with more than just the basic game tiles (about 90+) by adding any tiles you wanted (more basic game tiles or from the (mini) expansions, without applying their rules).
  2. Interpretation from the Community A wonder tile can be placed adjacent to another wonder tile. There is no limitation affecting their placement beyond the usual rules.

     Official clarification from the publisher Question: Can a wonder tile be placed adjacent to another wonder tile (edge-to-edge or corner-to-corner)?

    Answer: Yes, it's possible. (10/2023)

  3. Interpretation from the Community This means you may occupy any two different features on the wonder tile even if they are in the same square.
  4. Notorious rule difference among editions or publishers This sentence was removed from the first revised rules, so the effect of the wonders start on your next turn after placing it:
    Starting with the turn in which you place and mark your wonder, you can use it to score points.
  5. Notorious rule difference among editions or publishers This sentence missing in the original English rules was finally added in the third revised rules released in 10/2023.
  6. Interpretation from the Community This sentence was updated in the second revised rules released in 10/2023.
  7. Interpretation from the Community This paragraph was updated in the first revised rules released in 10/2023.
  8. Interpretation from the Community Some wonder tiles include multiple cities spreading across multiple square spaces. Each space should be counted like a separate tile. The following images illustrate the number of road and city tiles to consider for each wonder tile as well as the intended field connectivity. Blue circles represent connected fields and red circles represent separated fields.
    Note: The die-cutting of the wonder tiles may affect field connectivity due to production variations. If playing with wonder tiles diverging from the intended field connectivity, players will have to agree on the field connectivity to apply.
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    Stonehenge
    • One 2-tile road that forks into two open segments (top left and center)
    • One 1-tile city (top right)
    • Two 1-tile roads (bottom center and right)
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    Notre-Dame
    • One 2-tile road with one open segment, which forks and ends at the monastery and the wonder (top and middle)
    • One 2-tile city (bottom left and center)
    • One 1-tile road (bottom right)
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    Circus Maximus
    • One 4-tile city, the upper and lower parts are connected by a tiny city strip (left top-to-bottom and center middle-to-bottom)
    • Two 1-tile roads (middle and bottom right)
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    Alhambra
    • One 3-tile city (left top-to-bottom)
    • Two 1-tile roads (bottom center and right)