2nd Edition Dark Cities
Second Edition first printing darker cities
The first printed versions of the Second Edition of Carcassonne (2014-2016) featured a darker brown colour to the base for the cities. This was also used for the first two major expansions (Inns and Cathedrals, and Traders and Builders) as well as some of the promotional items available at that time. [According to several posts on Carcassonne Central Forum] KJW requested that this be lightened, and since then all new releases (from The Princess and the Dragon onwards), and subsequent re-printing of the base game and the first two expansions, have featured the lighter coloured cities.
In the example on the right, the two different printings are shown for one of the Cathedral tiles and a couple of adjacent tiles. (Image combined from different versions of PDF of rules for Inns and Cathedrals)
Within the fan community, the darker city version is referred to as Carc 2.0, the lighter city version as Carc 2.1.
Throughout its production history there have been some issues of colour consistency between different expansions and it is something that, as players, we have to try to live with. A few may have aesthetic issues with combining expansions from the two different printings, but the tiles are topologically identical.
Items known to have been produced with darker cities