Winter Edition The River

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The River for the Winter Edition was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2020 as a mini expansion bundled with the re-release of the Winter Base Game. This edition is called WE2 for short.

This expansion was re-released in 2022 to incorporate some features included in the third edition of Carcassonne (C3): a source with a road, a lake with a monastery as well as a garden and other features not included in the Winter Edition until now. This newest edition is called WE3 for short.

The river embellishes your playing area and makes the starting landscape always varied.

Contents

  • The River WE2: 12 river tiles, each with with a dark back and no symbol.
  • The River WE3: 12 river tiles, each with with a dark back and no symbol.

Rules

Preparation

The River replaces the start tile. When playing with it, return the start tile to the box. Use the river tiles corresponding to your edition of choice.

Set aside the source and lake tiles. Shuffle the remaining river tiles and stack them facedown. Add the lake tile to the bottom of the stack, and place the source tile faceup as the starting tile.

Source WE2
Lake WE2
Source WE3
Lake WE3

Gameplay

Starting with the first player and continuing clockwise one after the other, players place tiles as usual (including the possibility of placing a meeple), with the exception that they must draw tiles from the River tile stack. You must continue drawing from the River stack until it runs out of tiles.

As usual, you must continue the illustration. Furthermore, you must continue the river illustration, and the river cannot turn twice in the same direction because this would create a U-turn.

 Official clarification from the publisher Question: With the U-turn rule when making rivers, does that mean no U-turn ever, or just no immediate U-turns because it will complicate the placement of subsequent river tiles?

Answer: Only immediate U-turns are explicitly forbidden. Naturally, there can also be problems if a straight river tile lies between. Turning river the same way three times should also be considered prohibited.

You may place meeples along the river following the normal rules. So you may place meeples on roads, cities, monasteries and fields (but not on the river itself).

Once all of the river tiles are placed, you continue playing with the normal tiles.

Example 1: Possible layout of The River WE2 with its source at the top end and the lake at the bottom end.
Example 2: Possible layout of The River WE3 with its source at the top end and the lake at the bottom end.

Clarifications for new landscape tiles

The following tiles do not split fields - there is one field on each tile

Winter Edition River I WE Tile A.png
River WE2

Winter Edition River I WE Tile L.png
River WE2

Winter Edition River I C3 Tile L.png
River WE3

The following tile splits fields - there are three field on this tile

Winter Edition River I C3 Tile A.png
River WE3

Fields do not go under small bridges - there are 4 separate fields here

Winter Edition River I WE Tile B.png
River WE2

Winter Edition River I C3 Tile B.png
River WE3

Winter Edition River I WE Tile K.png
River WE2

Winter Edition River I C3 Tile K.png
River WE3

and three fields here, one north and two south.

Winter Edition River I WE Tile H.png
River WE2

Winter Edition River I C3 Tile H.png
River WE3

Tile Distribution

2022 Edition (WE3)

Total tiles: 12
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile A.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile B.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile C.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile D.png ×1
(D)
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile E.png ×1
(W)
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile F.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile G.png ×1
(F)
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile H.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile I.png ×1
(H)
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile J.png ×1
(G)
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile K.png ×1
Winter Edition River I C3 Tile L.png ×1
Several tiles have a small illustration on them. The letters in brackets show which illustration is on each tile:
Feature Garden WE3.png
G | Garden
Feature Farmhouse WE3.png
Feature WaterTower WE3.png
Feature Highwayman WE3.png
Note: The small illustrations of a cowshed, a pigsty and a donkey stable are collectively referred to as sheds or stables.

2020 Edition (WE2)

Total tiles: 12
Winter Edition River I WE Tile A.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile B.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile C.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile D.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile E.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile F.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile G.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile H.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile I.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile J.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile K.png ×1
Winter Edition River I WE Tile L.png ×1