Over Hill and Dale Base Game

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A clever tile-laying game for 2 to 5 players, ages 7 and up.

Take in the magnificent scenery of this vast countryside by hiking a trail surrounded by fruit trees, wheat fields, and sunflowers! You'll be unable to resist the juicy apples and sweet strawberries you'll find along the way.

This rustic new variant of Carcassonne is alive with interesting decisions and intriguing tactics. Gathering a fine harvest, traveling far and wide, and taking care of your animals is reward enough, but it might just win you the game!

Components and Setup

Welcome to Carcassonne – Over Hill and Dale! These instructions will gently guide you through the rules of the newest variant of the classic Carcassonne. After reading this short rulebook, you will be able to teach it to and play it with your friends. Soon you will be enjoying a refreshing new Carcassonne experience.

First you must set the game up, but that is a simple task. As we guide you through the setup, we will briefly explain the various components.

The 73 Land tiles depict paths and fields, surrounding lush meadows. Animals are also found on many of these tiles.

A tile depicting a field with a harvest symbol
A tile depicting a path
A tile depicting a path and animals

One of the 73 Land tiles has a blue back. This is the start tile, from which every game begins.

Start tile with blue back
Normal tile with yellow back

There are 5 tokens each of apples, strawberries, pumpkins, sunflowers, and grain. In addition, there are 8 happy scarecrows.

Front of 6 different tokens, and back

Place the start tile in the center of the table. Shuffle the remaining tiles facedown. Then split them into several piles and place them around the table, so that each player may reach a pile. Sort the Harvest tokens and place them at the edge of the table.

Start tile
Several piles of land tiles
OverHillDale StartTokens.jpg

Then we have the scoreboard, which is also placed at the edge of the table. Next to it, place the 5 50/100 tokens. You will need these later, once you have scored at least 50 points.

Scoring Token front and back
Scoretrack

There are 25 meeples, 5 each in yellow, red, green, blue, and black. Additionally, in each colour, there are 2 stables. Each player begins with 4 meeples and 2 stables. These form the supply of each player.

Place the 5th meeple of each player colour on the 0 space of the scoreboard. All meeples and stables not used by the players can be returned to the box.

Meeples
Stables

Goal of the Game

Before we begin explaining the rules: what exactly is Carcassonne – Over Hill and Dale all about? What is the goal of the game? Turn by turn, the players place Land tiles. In doing so, they build paths and fields filled with fruits and vegetables.

Your meeples can become wanderers and farmers, and you will build sturdy stables in the meadows. Doing so will score you points both during the game and at the end of it. In the end, whoever has the most points wins!

Let's begin!

Gameplay

Carcassonne – Over Hill and Dale is played in clockwise order. The youngest player begins. As with each player who follows,the active player performs the actions of a turn in the described order. Then it is the turn of the next player in clockwise order, and so on. Let us explore the actions, and the order in which they are performed. We will do so with the tiles depicting paths, fields, and stables. What actions are there?

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1. Place a tile : A player must always draw exactly 1 new Land tile, and place it so that it connects to at least 1 previously placed Land tile.

OverHillDale 2 PlaceMeeple.jpg

2. On the placed tile ... :

2a) ... place a meeple OR
2b) ... place a stable.
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3. Score points :

3a) The player must perform all scoring triggered by the placement of the tile.
3b) In addition, the player may wander with a meeple to score points.

The Paths

1. Placing a tile

The tile you drew has 3 paths that emerge from a junction. You add it to the existing landscape.

Note how these Land tiles connect to one another.

You have placed the red bordered tile. The path connects to another path, and the fields connect to other fields. Perfect!

2a. Placing a meeple as a wanderer

Now that you have placed the tile, you may place a meeple as a wanderer on one of its paths. However, you may only do so if there are no wanderers already on the path.

The path is not yet complete, so for the time being, no points are scored (action 3), and play passes to the next player in clockwise order.

The next player draws a Land tile and places it. Your wanderer is already on the path to the left of the junction. Therefore, your opponent may not place his own meeple on that path. Instead, he chooses to place a meeple as a farmer in the field of the tile he just placed.

It is usually good to place a meeple, but never mandatory. You can always choose not to place one.

You place a meeple as a wanderer on the left path of the tile you just placed. As there is no other meeple on this path, this is not a problem.
As the path is already occupied, the blue player chooses to place his meeple as a farmer on the field instead.

3. Scoring points

Whenever a path is closed on both ends, it is scored. Paths will end in junctions, fields, or by forming a closed loop. Now we check if anything needs to be scored. Huzzah! We score the road, because both ends of it are closed.

It doesn’t matter who placed the tile, your path is now complete and you score points for it. How many points do you score? Each tile in your completed path scores you 1 point.

Because your path consists of 3 tiles, you score 3 points.
You take the wanderer that just scored you 3 points and return it to your supply. The blue meeple stays in play, as its field is not yet complete.

This is where the scoreboard comes in. Whenever you score points, you keep track of them by moving your scoring meeple forwards. Continuing our example, we move your scoring meeple 3 spaces forward.

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After each scoring, the meeple that was just scored is returned to your supply.

Turn by turn, you will score more and more points. Once you have completed a lap around the scoreboard and crossed the 0 space, take a 50/100 tile and place it in front of you with the 50 side up. If you manage to make it around the scoreboard a second time, flip the tile over to its 100 side.

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With the following action, you can score even more points with a path!

3b. Hiking with a wanderer

Under certain conditions, you can now hike with your meeple.

One of your meeples must be on a path. In step 1, you must place a tile to extend this path. Then you mayhike this path with your meeple, if and only if you did not place a meeple (or stable) during step 2.

You choose a direction for your wanderer to move, and then have it hike in that direction. You score 1 point for each tile your wanderer moves onto.

In doing so, your meeple may cross other player's meeples. However, your meeple may not stop on a tile where there is another wanderer (i.e., meeple on a path). Mark these points on the scoreboard.

Important rules:

  • You may not cross a junction.
  • When you place a tile that finishes a path (thereby triggering scoring), you may not move a meeple on that path before scoring occurs. You may only score points for a given path once per turn.
  • You may only hike on your own turn. When another player extends your path, you may not choose to hike.
  • You may only choose to hike with one wanderer per turn (even when you extend several paths at once).
You have placed this tile, thereby extending a path where you have a meeple. Your wanderer may now take a hike.
Your meeple hikes across 2 tiles (the presence of the blue wanderer is irrelevant). You score 2 points.

The Fields

1. Placing a tile

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Like always, you draw a tile and place it so that it extends the existing landscape. Naturally, fields must connect to other fields.

2. Placing a meeple as a farmer

Next, check if there is already a meeple in the field. If there aren't any, then you may place a meeple as a farmer in that field.

You have skillfully placed this tile to extend an existing field. As it is unoccupied, you can place a meeple there.

3. Scoring points

Scoring points for a completed field

On your next turn, you draw this tile. Fortunately, it fits your field perfectly. As luck would have it, it even completes the field.

Whenever a field is completely surrounded by meadow and has no holes, it is considered to be complete. Because you have a meeple in this completed field, you now score points for it. Each tile in the completed field scores 2 points.

You score 6 points for a field of 3 tiles.

Harvest tokens on a completed field

Not only do you score points for a completed field, you also gain Harvest tokens. The Harvest tokens are awarded at the same time as points are.

As the owner of the field, you gain 1 corresponding Harvest token for each harvest symbol in the completed field. You keep these collected Harvest tokens facedown in front of you (of course, you may look at your tokens during the game). You will score points for them at the end of the game.

After you have scored your points and collected your Harvest tokens, you return the meeple in the completed field to your supply.

Please see Multiple meeples on the same feature to read how the tokens are awarded when there are multiple farmers in the same completed field.

For the pumpkin and grain symbols, you receive 1 Pumpkin token and 1 Grain token.

The Stables

1. Placing a tile

Like always, you draw a tile and place it so that it extends the existing landscape.

2b. Placing a stable

You begin the game with 2 stables in your supply. Stables can only be placed on a meadow depicted on a tile you just placed. If there are several sections of meadow, you may choose which one to place it on. Don't forget: You must decide between placing a meeple, placing a stable, or hiking with a wanderer. You can only perform one of these three actions.

When placing a stable, you must follow one important rule: you may only place a stable on a tile if none of the 8 tiles surrounding it (orthogonally or diagonally) have a stable on them. This rule is only for stables, not for meeples!

Once a stable is placed, it remains there until the end of the game, at which time it may score you points.

It is recommended that you place stables on and bordering tiles with many animals. Each animal is worth 1 point at the end of the game.

There are no stables on the 8 tiles surrounding the red stable.

3. Scoring points

No points are scored for stables while the game is being played. Stables are only scored at the end of the game (see Game End and Final Scoring). At that time, players will score 1 point for each animal on the tiles surrounding their stable.

Summary

1. Placing a tile

  • The Land tile that you draw must be placed so that it extends the existing landscape (i.e., the illustration).
  • In some very rare cases, it may be impossible to place a drawn tile. In those cases, simply place the tile in the box and draw a new one.

2. Placing a meeple or a stable

  • You may only place a meeple or stable on the tile you just placed.
  • You may not place a meeple/stable in a feature already occupied by another meeple/stable.
  • You must follow the important stable placement rule: there may not be a stable on any adjacent tile.

3. Scoring points or hiking with a wanderer

  • A path is complete when both ends lead to a junction, a field, or form a closed loop. Each tile in a completed path is worth 1 point.
  • You may hike when you extend a path, without completing it, occupied by your own meeple. However, you must not have placed a meeple or stable in the same turn. For each tile that the wanderer hikes to, score 1 point.
  • A field is complete when it is completely surrounded by meadow and has no holes. Each tile in a completed field is worth 2 points, and each harvest symbol is worth 1 Harvest token.
  • Scoring always occurs at the end of a player's turn. All players with meeples in newly completed features have the opportunity to score points.
  • After each scoring, return meeples on completed paths/fields to the players' supplies.
  • If there are multiple players in a scored feature, the player with the most meeples is awarded the full points, and all other players score nothing. When more than one player has the most meeples in a scored feature, all tied players score full points.

(Note: How can there be more than one meeple in a feature? To find out, read the examples below.)

Multiple meeples on the same feature

Multiple meeples on a path

The tile you drew can extend the path. However, there is an opponent's meeple on that path, so you couldn't place your own meeple there. Instead, you decide to place your tile like so, leaving the paths separated.
On a later turn, you draw this tile and place it here to connect the two separate paths. This connected path now has 2 wanderers. When this path is completed and scored, you and your opponent each score 4 points.

Multiple meeples in a field

You hope to steal the yellow player's field, and place a tile and a meeple as a farmer like so. This is allowed, because the field on the newly placed tile is not connected to any field already occupied by another farmer. On a later turn, if you draw a suitable tile, you can connect all three fields, and outnumber yellow’s 1 farmer with your 2 farmers.
You're in luck! You drew the perfect tile and place it to connect the three separate fields into one big field. Because you have the most farmers in this field, you alone gain the 10 points and 5 Harvest tokens for this completed field. Then both players take their meeples back.

Distribution of Harvest tokens among multiple farmers

As previously explained, you receive 1 Harvest token for each corresponding harvest symbol in a completed field.

If more than one player has the most farmers in a completed field, then the Harvest tokens are distributed as follows:

  1. First, gather all the Harvest tokens that will be awarded from their respective supplies.
  2. Then all players tied for most farmers in that field take turns taking Harvest tokens. Start with the player who placed the tile to complete the field, or (if this player is not one of the tied players) the first tied player clockwise.
  3. This continues until all the awarded Harvest tokens have been taken. It is possible that some players will receive more Harvest tokens than others.
You place the tile with a pumpkin symbol, and complete the field. Gather the 5 Harvest tokens, as they are depicted in the field. As it is your turn, you take the 1st token. Then yellow takes a token, and so on. In the end, you receive 3 tokens. yellow receives 2.

Game End and Final Scoring

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and the same is true for Carcassonne – Over Hill and Dale. 'Tis a pity, but now we must determine the winner. The game ends after the turn of the player who placed the last tile. Then we proceed to final scoring, after which the winner will be known to all!

Once the game is over, you score points for the following:

Paths

Each incomplete path is worth 1 point per tile, just like during the game.

Fields

Each incomplete field is worth 1 point per tile, which is half the points. Harvest tokens are not awarded during final scoring!

Stables

For each stable, count the animals on the tile the stable occupies and the 8 tiles that surround it. Count every animal (rooster, cow, horse, sheep, and pig) on these 9 tiles. Each animal is worth 1 point.

Harvest Tokens

Each Harvest token is worth 1 point (even the scarecrow). In addition, each set of 5 different fruit tokens (1 each of apple, strawberry, pumpkin, sunflower, and grain) is worth an additional 5 points. Scarecrows may be used as wild tokens, replacing any 1 fruit in a set.

You have a stable in this meadow. Although it wasn't completely surrounded by tiles, there are still 9 animals. You score 9 points.
You have collected 12 Harvest tokens - you score 12 points. You can make 2 sets of fruit with these 12 tokens. You completed the second set with the help of 2 scarecrows. You score 2 x 5 = 10 points. Altogether, you scored 22 points from Harvest tokens.

The Winner

Move your scoring meeple forward on the scoreboard to mark the points you are awarded during final scoring.

Whoever has scored the most points is the winner!

If there is a tie for the most points, the players rejoice in a shared victory! Congratulations!

Tile Distribution

Total Regular Tiles: 73

Note: Tiles with multiple versions have various distributions of animals and harvest symbols.

OverHillDale Tile 01.jpg x11
OverHillDale Tile 02.jpg x8
OverHillDale Tile 03.jpg x5
OverHillDale Tile 04.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 05.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 06.jpg x7
OverHillDale Tile 07.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 08.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 09.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 10.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 11.jpg x3
OverHillDale Tile 12.jpg x4
OverHillDale Tile 13.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 14.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 15.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 16.jpg x3
OverHillDale Tile 17.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 18.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 19.jpg x4
OverHillDale Tile 20.jpg x3
OverHillDale Tile 21.jpg x2
OverHillDale Tile 22.jpg x4
OverHillDale Tile 23.jpg x1
OverHillDale Tile 24.jpg x1

Total Tokens: 33

OverHillDale Token Apple.jpg x5
OverHillDale Token Strawberry.jpg x5
OverHillDale Token Pumpkin.jpg x5
OverHillDale Token Sunflower.jpg x5
OverHillDale Token Grain.jpg x5
OverHillDale Token Scarecrow.jpg x8


Footnotes

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