Bards of Carcassonne (Fan Expansion)
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Bards visiting Carcassonne are welcome guests, for their melodic rhymes based on folksongs and poetry from the past entertain the young and old, the rich and poor.
General info and Downloads
The Bards of Carcassonne fan-expansion ✎ for Carcassonne Base Game ✎ was released by Carcassonne Central member Trebuchet (CarcC) and redesigned as The Bards by Carcassonne Central member Snearone.
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- 7 new land tiles featuring a lute symbol (Lute tiles).
- 7 mote tokens
Shuffle the new land tiles in with the rest of the tiles and stack them normally. Place the note tokens aside. These tokens are not owned by anyone.
1. Placing a tile
Whenever you draw a Lute tile (featuring the lute symbol) place it normally. You must then take a note token and place it on any unoccupied feature on the Lute tile. The note tokens can be placed on all features including fields.
When a note token cannot be placed because all features are occupied, the tile must be placed elsewhere on the board.
2. Placing a meeple
You may place a meeple, as per the normal rules, after the note token is placed. However, a meeple cannot be placed on the same feature where the note token has just been placed in this turn. 
When a note token can only be placed on one remaining unoccupied feature (this can occur after joining the tile to occupied features), a meeple cannot be placed on the tile.
3. Scoring a feature
Cities and roads:
When you complete a city or road with a note token, you score 1 more point per tile than usual. In the advanced variant note tokens stack. You score 1 more point per note token per tile than usual.
Unfinished cities and roads:
Unfinished cities and roads with at least one note token score no points at the end of the game.
At the end of the game, you score 1 more point per completed city in the field. In the advanced variant note tokens stack.
This Expansion Selector allows you to pick what expansions (or parts of them) to use in the reference pages of WICA. According to your selection, the Order of Play and Scoring sections will be adapted. This way, you can customize WICA to suit your game without any hinderance from the expansions left out.
As hinted above, the expansions combining multiple elements permit a fine-grain selection of its elements. For example, you can choose the abbey tiles and the wagon from "Abbey & Mayor" and to leave out the barn and the mayor.
2. Use Guide
The selector has several tabs and below there is an area that lists the current selection at all times, no matter the tab displayed.
You can click on any tab label to go to the desired tab. Additional clicks on a selected tab will collapse it and expand it back in order to access the selector when needed. Switching to another tab will expand the selector automatically.
The following sections describe the tabs and their functionality.
2.1. "Expansions" tabs
The first three (or four) tabs from the left allow you to pick expansions in full or partially when possible.
- Major expansions: lists all official major expansions by HiG.
- Minor expansions: lists all official minor expansions by HiG and some of their licensed equivalents.
- Other expansions: lists the rest of licensed and unofficial expansions as well as those Print & Play and Cut & Play expansions released by HiG.
- Fan expansions: lists some fan-made expansions. This tab may not be available in some cases.
These tabs show a listing of expansions where each label is preceded by a checkbox to allow its selection and deselection if full.
Those expansions with various components show a clickable "[+]" symbol after them when closed or "[–]" when open. In the latter case, all the components are displayed and can be selected and deselected individually.
Each tab has a text label in accordance with the format "Group (X/Y)" in order to identify the set of expansions listed (indicated by Group), the number of expansions selected (represented by X) and the total number available (represented by Y).
2.2. "Quick Selectors" tab
This is the fourth tab from the left. It allows you to choose from a predefined list of available expansions sets. This tab contains the following elements:
- A dropdown list and a "Select Expansions" button: They allow you select and load a predefined expansion bundle, such as a Big Box or all the expansions for the New Edition.
- The "Clear All" button empties your current with one click.
- The "Select All" button selects all the expansions available with one click.
2.3. "Filters" tab
This is the fifth tab from the left. It allows you to choose what Carcassonne editions are displayed and your preferred edition. The editions considered are the 1st Edition (C1), the New Edition (C2+C3), and the Winter Edition (WE), which is included in a creative way if some of its expansions are of interest.
The tab displays two panels:
- "Show Editions" panel: it contains a checkbox for each edition available (C1, C2+C3 and WE.) The selector will show the expansions belonging to the checked editions only. For example, if the 1st edition (C1) checkbox is selected, expansions such as "The Wheel Of Fortune" or "Halflings" will be eligible in the Expansion Selector, otherwise they will not be available for selection. At least one edition has to be selected, thus they cannot be deselected at the same time.
- "Preferred Edition" panel: it contains a set of radio buttons for the 1st Edition (C1), the New Edition (C2+C3) and the Winter Edition. The radio button selected will indicate the Expansion Selector which edition has precedence over the other when:
- Describing the Game Reference, the Order of Play, the Scoring rules and Game Figures: If there are differences between editions, the preferred edition rules and wording will be displayed. For example, the movement of the dragon will be displayed in different steps in the Order of Play depending on whether C1 or C2+C3 is selected.
- Displaying graphics in the Scoring sections: For expansions available in both editions, the images shown will correspond to the selected edition. Images from an expansion only existing in one edition will not change.
The radio button for an edition will be enabled only if such an edition is available, that is, it is selected in the "Show Editions" panel.
It also includes a checkbox with the label "Mark rules adaptations": If checked, all the rules displayed in the Game Reference, the Order of Play, and the Game Figures not corresponding to the preferred edition will be highlighted.
This tab shows a label similar to "Filters (C1/C2+C3/WE) #" that lists all the editions selected in parentheses and one of them is underlined, indicating that it is the preferred one. The hash sign "#" is present if rules adaptations are highlighted.
This is the current tab displayed with help information about the Expansion Selector.
✎ General rules
- * 24 March 2023 Release of Bards C2 / Bards C1 by Snearone with revisit of rules.
- * 24 March 2013 Final release of Bards of Carcassonne by Trebuchet (CarcC)
The Bards C2
The Bards C1
Bards of Carcassonne C1
For Icons explanation and licensing please visit Icons page.
- ↑ The player may not place his meeple as a knight on a city if the note token was placed on that city segment, he may not place his meeple as a thief on the road if the note token was placed on that road and he may not place his meeple as a farmer on a field when the note token was placed on that particular field.