Cathedrals in Germany

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Cathedrals in Germany (Kathedralen in Deutschland) was released by Hans im Glück in 2020. It was released for the first edition 2016.

This mini expansion, containing 6 well-known cathedrals in Germany, gives the players the opportunity to gain a respectable number of points with the help of archbishop and highwaymen.

Contents

  • 6 new land tiles showing cathedrals in Germany.

Each of the 6 cathedral tiles has 3 or 4 road segments starting from the cathedral. [1]

Rules

Preparation

Shuffle the six new land tiles showing the cathedrals with those from the base game. This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne base game and its rules still apply.

Gameplay

1. Placing a tile

When you draw a land tile showing a cathedral, place it according to the normal rules.

2. Placing a meeple

After placing a land tile showing a cathedral, you may place one of your meeples on it according to the normal rules. You may place it on a road, in a field, or on the cathedral as archbishop.

3. Scoring a feature

Scoring a closed road

When you complete a road leading directly to a cathedral your highwayman gives you 2 points for each road tile the road consist of. [2] [3]

Special rule when scoring a road

Unlike the rules of the base game, for a road starting and ending on the same land tile showing a cathedral, you count and score each road segment separately.

Example 1 - Scoring a completed road: You get 10 points for the closed road. On the land tile showing a cathedral you count both roads segments separately.
Scoring a cathedral

The cathedral itself can only be scored once all roads leading to it are closed. The archbishop gives you points for all these roads - 1 point for each road tile, in fact. The 3 or 4 road segments on the cathedral tile are counted separately. [3]

Note: A road starting and ending at the cathedral, is counted as one road, which will be scored once. [4]

Example 2 - Scoring a completed German Cathedral: You get 8 points for the finished cathedral (Two closed roads: 1x worth 5 points and 1x worth 3 points). Blue gets 6 points for the closed road.

After scoring, you take your meeple back, as usual.

Final scoring

At the end of the game unfinished roads leading to cathedrals and unfinished cathedrals give you points. Highwaymen and archbishops give you one point for each road tile leading to the cathedral (road segments on German Cathedral tiles are counted separately.) [3] [5]

Other expansions

Symbol InnsCathedrals C1C2.png Inns and Cathedrals

  • Icon Open Book.png When using Inns and Cathedrals, for each closed road with an Inn [6] that leads to a cathedral, you get 3 instead of 2 points for each road tile, and 2 points instead of 1 for your archbishop. [7] Unfinished roads at the end of the game are still worth 0 points. This applies to the highwayman as well as the archbishop. [3]

Symbol PrincessDragon C1C2.png The Princess and the Dragon

Symbol CountKingRobber C1C2.png Count, King & Robber

  • Icon World Black.png German Cathedrals are not monasteries and cannot be challenged by a shrine.

 Icon World Black.png Question: If you play with German Cathedrals and Shrines, do the German Cathedrals act as a kind of monastery?

Answer: No, there is no interaction as there is between monasteries/cloisters and cult places.

Symbol MageWitch C1C2.png Mage & Witch

  • Icon World Black.png The Mage (see Mage and Witch) should consider the actual number of road tiles as usual including the German Cathedral tiles. Therefore road segments on German Cathedrals are not considered separately.
Example - Scoring a complete road with the Mage: You completed a 4-tile road looping back to a German Cathedral. The Mage is on the road too. You will score a total of 14 points:
  • (3 road tiles segments + 2 road segments on German Cathedral tile) x 2 points = 5 x 2 points = 10 points
  • 4 tiles x 1 point for the Mage = 4 points

Symbol Leipzig C2.png Markets of Leipzig

  • Icon World Black.png The Wainwrights quarter bonus (see The Markets of Leipzig) should consider the actual number of road tiles as usual including the German Cathedral tiles. Therefore road segments on German Cathedrals are not considered separately.

Tile distribution

Total Tiles: 6


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The cathedrals in detail

Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Cologne cathedral counts among the biggest gothic cathedrals in the world. Its foundation stone was laid down in the 13th century but it was finished only in the 19th. Today, Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. www.Koelner-dom.de


Frauenkirche (Munich, Bavaria)

Frauenkirche (Munich, Bavaria)

The Frauenkirche in the capital of Bavaria was built in the late Gothic style. As early as 1494 it was consecrated as place of worship. With its towers that stand at almost 100 meters tall it is characteristic of the skyline of Munich. www.muencher-dom.de


Dresden Cathedral (Saxony)

Dresden Cathedral (Saxony)

The Frauenkirche in Dresden was built in baroque style between 1725 and 1743. During WWII it was badly hit by Allied air raids and collapsed in the morning of February 15th, 1945. Rebuilding began in 1994 and was completed 11 years later. www.frauenkirche-dresden.de


St.Michael's Church (Hamburg)

St.Michael's Church (Hamburg)

The protestant main church, Saint Michael called "Michel" ("Mike"), is the most famous church in Hamburg and a landmark of the Hanseatic town. It counts as most important baroque church in northern Germany and is dedicated to the archangel Michael whose huge bronze statue stands above the main portal. www.st-michaelis.de


Ulm Minster (Baden-Wurttemberg)

Ulm Minster (Baden-Wurttemberg)

The Ulm Minster was built in Gothic style and has the tallest church tower in the world (161.5m). Its foundation stone was laid in 1377 when Ulm was still mostly catholic. Today it is Germany's biggest Protestant church building. www.ulmer-muenster.de


Aachen Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)'

Aachen Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)

During a period of 600 years, 40 German kings were crowned in Aachen Cathedral - its construction started in 796. In 1978 the cathedral was the first German cultural heritage to be included in UNESCO's world heritage list. www.aachenerdom.de


Footnotes

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  1. Icon Open Book.png Authors Note: Of course, the real cathedrals are located within their cities. We wanted to make the distinction since cathedrals already played a part in the first expansion Inns and Cathedrals. Thus, the cathedrals in this expansion are standing in the fields and fulfill their own function. We are also aware that no cathedrals and archbishops exist in the Protestant church. We simplified the names for easier reading. Thank you for understanding.
  2. Icon World Black.png German Cathedrals do not stack when scoring roads.

     Icon World Black.png Question: If a road starts at one German Cathedral and ends at a different German Cathedral is the scoring of the road still 2 points per road tile?

    Answer: Yes, still 2 points per road tile. German Cathedrals do not stack.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Icon World Black.png The following table summarizes the various scoring cases. Take into account that road segments on a German Cathedral are counted separately and get the same points as any road tile:
    Feature Completed normal road Completed road with Inn(s) Uncompleted normal road Uncompleted road with Inn(s)
    Scoring during the game
    Road leading to Cathedral 2 points / tile 3 points / tile
    Archbishop on G. Cathedral 1 point / tile 2 points / tile
    Scoring after the game
    Road leading to Cathedral 1 point / tile 0 points / tile
    Archbishop on G. Cathedral 1 point / tile 2 points / tile 1 point / tile 0 points / tile
  4. Icon World Black.png This note included in the 1st edition was omitted in the new edition.
  5. Icon Open Book.png This paragraph has been updated to reflect the original meaning of the HiG rules. The official clarifications provided indicated that:
    • Highwaymen on unfinished roads are scored as usual, that is, taking into account the majority.
    • Archbishops on unfinished cathedrals get 1 point per tile from all the finished and unfinished roads leading to the cathedral.
    In any case, road segments on the cathedral tile are counted separately for road starting and ending at the cathedral. (4/2016)
  6. Icon Open Book.png Inns do no stack: If more than one Inn is present on a road, the road still scores 2 points for each road tile.
  7. Icon Open Book.png Archbishops score 2 points per road tile on a finished road with an Inn both during the game and after the game. (4/2016)