Mage and Witch (1st edition)

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Mage logo
Expansion symbol

Mage and Witch (Mini #5) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

Magic casters visit the countryside of Carcassonne. While the Mage brings the streets and cities into bloom, the people are rather suspicious of the skills of the Witch.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

Contents

  • 1 wooden Mage figure colored purple
Figure Mage.png
  • 1 wooden Witch figure colored orange
Figure Witch.png
  • 8 new land tiles with mage logo
  • 1 new land tile with crop circle

Rules

Preparation

The landscape tiles with the mage symbol are mixed with the other landscape tiles. The Mage and Witch characters are kept available for use.

Placing a tile

When a player draws a tile with the mage symbol, he or she plays it according to the normal rules.

Placing a meeple

Before placing a follower, the player must place or move the Mage or the Witch character. The player places one of the two characters on any segment of an unfinished city or on any section of an unfinished road (which does not have to be on the tile that was just placed). [1] The Mage and the Witch may not be placed on the same road or the same city. If the Mage or Witch figure to be played is already on a land tile, the player must move it. [2] [3] After that, the active player can place a follower as normal.

One of the magical figures must be placed or moved when a mage tile is placed. If it is not possible to place or move the mage or witch figure (because there are no unfinished cities or roads), the player must remove either the mage or witch from the board, if at least one is on a tile. [4] Otherwise both remain waiting by the scoring t

Scoring a feature

If a road or city with a Mage or Witch is completed, the scoring is affected as follows:

  • The mage gives an extra point for each tile in the completed feature.
  • The witch halves the points (rounded up) for the completed feature.
  • When evaluating a road with an inn or a city with a cathedral that also has the Witch, the feature’s points are calculated using the inn or cathedral and then cut in half. [5]

When a feature with the Mage or Witch is scored, the figure is removed from the board and can be brought back into play when a tile with a mage symbol is played.

Final scoring

In the final scoring, the mage and witch affect scoring of roads and cities as they did during the game.

An unfinished road with an inn and an unfinished city with a cathedral, which normally score 0 points, instead score 1 point per tile at the end of the game when the Mage is on the feature (pennants in the city score 0 points). [6]

The city is completed. The normal value is 20 Points ([8 tiles + 2 pennants] x 2 points each). The Mage awards 8 extra points (the city consists of 8 tiles). RED and BLUE each score 28 points.
Two roads are completed. The road with BLUE consists of 5 tiles. BLUE gets only 3 points because of the Witch [5/2 rounded up]. The road with RED consists of 3 cards. RED gets 6 points due to the Mage [3+3].

The crop circles addition

In each mini, you will find a tile of the 7th mini expansion Crop Circles II. This expansion is playable with only a single tile, but it is best to play with all 6 tiles. [7]

Tile Distribution

Total Tiles: 9 (8 + 1 crop circle)

MageWitch C1-01.png x1
MageWitch C1-02.png x1
MageWitch C1-03.png x1
MageWitch C1-04.png x1
MageWitch C1-05.png x1
MageWitch C1-06.png x1
MageWitch C1-07.png x1
MageWitch C1-08.png x1
MageWitchCC C1-09.png x1

Footnotes

For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.

  1. Icon World Black.png This means that if you complete a city or road with a tile featuring the Mage logo, you cannot place the Mage or the Witch figures on that city or road, since it is no longer incomplete. The tile placement completed the feature before one of the two figures could be placed on it.
  2. Icon Open Book.png If the Mage or Witch is already on a tile and is moved due to placement of a tile with the mage symbol, the figure must be moved to a different feature. (5/2014)
  3. Icon Open Book.png Thus: 1) If neither figure is in play, the active player brings one into play. 2) If both figures are in play, the player moves one of the figures to a different feature. 3) If only one figure is in play, the player chooses one or the other to move – the player may move either the figure that is already in play or the figure that began the turn off of the playing field. In all of these situations, the player may choose to move either the Mage or the Witch. (updated 5/2014; corrected 3/2020)
  4. Icon Double Arrow Black.png The last part of this sentence is from the RGG edition of the rules.
  5. Icon Double Arrow Black.png This additional rules clarification is from the Big Box 4 edition of the rules.
  6. Icon Double Arrow Black.png This additional rules clarification is from the Big Box 4 edition of the rules.
  7. Icon World Black.png Note that the Crop Circle II tiles included in the mini expansions are different from the tiles released in the initial Crop Circles (Crop Circles II) expansion (referred to as "Crop Circles I").