Summary of Rule Sets & Changes

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Base game, major expansions and mini expansions

The following table summarizes the ruleset changes for the base game, major expansions and minis #1 - #7. These changes happened through time as rules were updated or clarified after the initial release and/or included in a Big Box.

Note: Follower (Carcassonne I) and meeple (Carcassonne II) mean the same.

  C1 C2
Pre-Big Box
(HiG)
Pre-Big Box
(RGG / ZMG)
Latest rules
(HiG)
Latest rules
(RGG / ZMG)
Latest rules
(HiG)
Latest rules
(ZMG)
Base Game starting player youngest player decides youngest player decides youngest player decides any method agreed upon by all youngest player youngest player [1]
"small city" rule no yes no no no no
farmer scoring 3rd edition 1st edition 3rd edition 3rd edition 3rd edition 3rd edition
Exp. 2 - Traders & Builders 2nd tile (double turn) drawn immediately drawn immediately drawn after scoring[2] drawn after scoring[2] drawn after scoring[2] drawn after scoring[2]
builders & pigs are followers are followers are not followers are not followers are not followers are not followers
Exp. 3 - The Princess & the Dragon volcano / fairy cannot move fairy cannot move fairy can move fairy can move fairy can move fairy can move fairy
volcano / deployment cannot deploy follower, builder, or pig cannot deploy follower, builder, or pig cannot deploy any figure to the tile [3] cannot deploy follower, builder, or pig cannot deploy follower, builder, or pig cannot deploy follower, builder, or pig
magic portal to unscored feature yes (no in FAQ) no no no no no
princess tile must remove knight or builder must remove knight or builder may remove follower must remove follower may remove follower may remove follower
princess / big follower can only remove if last follower in city (FAQ) same as normal follower (implicit) same as normal follower same as normal follower same as normal follower same as normal follower
the dragon moves before scoring (FAQ) ? before scoring after scoring (RGG) [4] / before scoring (ZMG) before scoring before scoring [5]
Exp. 4 - The Tower towers capture everything everything followers followers followers followers
tower captures followers on towers yes (FAQ) no yes yes yes yes
tower captures own followers no no yes yes yes yes
Exp. 3, Exp. 4. and others last follower is removed builder or pig not removed (FAQ) builder or pig not removed (implicit) builder or pig removed builder or pig removed builder or pig removed builder or pig removed
Exp. 5 - Abbey & Mayor the wagon moves to elegible adjacent feature connected by a road or sharing a surface (i.e. city-inner monastery or city-abbey ) connected by a road or sharing a surface (i.e. city-inner monastery or city-abbey ) connected by a road or sharing a surface (i.e. city-inner monastery or city-abbey ) connected by a road or sharing a surface (i.e. city-inner monastery or city-abbey ) on same tile or on adjacent one on same tile or on adjacent one
Exp. 6 - Count, King & Robber / The Count of Carcassonne In multiple scorings, you can send a follower to Carcassonne when you score 0 points in all of them when you score 0 points in all of them when you score 0 points in all of them when you score 0 points in all of them when you score 0 points in all of them when you score 0 points in at least one of them [6]
Followers in Carcassonne can be redeployed for final scoring from all quarters (implicit) from all quarters (implicit) from all quarters (implicit) from all quarters (explicit by RGG) from market quarter only from market quarter only
Exp. 7 - The Catapult Seduction token players select the follower closest to the token players select the opponent's follower closest to the token [7] players select the follower closest to the token players select the opponent's follower closest to the token [7] N/A N/A
Exp. 8 - Bridges, Castles & Bazaars castle / fairy cannot place fairy on castle (implicit - the fairy is placed on a tile) cannot place fairy on castle (implicit - the fairy is placed on a tile) cannot place fairy on castle [8] cannot place fairy on castle [8] can place fairy on castle can place fairy on castle
Exp. 9 - Hills & Sheep closed farm with shepherd no action no action action "herd flock into stable" is performed automatically no action action "herd flock into stable" is performed automatically action "herd flock into stable" is performed automatically
Mini #2 - The Messengers (Dispatches) message dispatched when a player lands on a dark space when a player lands on a dark space when a player lands on a dark space when a player lands on a dark space when a player lands on a dark space when a player lands on a dark space containing no counting figures from other players [9]
Message #8 - Score a follower and remove it from the board majority is required to score a feature majority is required to score a feature majority is required to score a feature majority is required to score a feature majority is required to score a feature majority is not required to score a feature [9]
Scoring figure used for final scoring any scoring figure scoring follower only [10] any scoring figure scoring follower only [10] any scoring figure scoring follower only [10]
Mini #6 - The Robbers players placing robbers active player and first player to the left with no robber placed all players with no robber placed [10] active player and first player to the left with no robber placed all players with no robber placed [10] active player and first player to the left with no robber placed all players with no robber placed [10]
robber placement and robber movement both optional both optional both optional both optional both optional placement mandatory but movement optional [9]
Mini #7 - Crop Circles adding a follower action optional optional optional optional optional mandatory [9]
adding a follower action on the same tile as another follower on the same tile as another follower on the same tile as another follower on the same tile as another follower on the same tile as another follower on the same feature as another follower [9]

Halflings

The following table summarizes to evolution of the rules for Halflings and their impact on double-sizes tiles. See the full detail here.

Rules Updates
Feature Tile occupying a space Carcassonne I rules from 2014 Clarifications from 10/2015 Carcassonne II rules from 2020
Road / City   Scored per tile Scored per tile Scored per tile
1 square tile 1 tile 1 tile 1 tile
1 triangular tile 1 tile (1) 1 tile 1 tile
2 triangular tiles 2 tiles → counted as 1 tile (1) 2 tiles 2 tiles
1 part of double-sized tile N/A (2) 1 tile 1 tile (3)
Monastery   Scored per occupied space Scored per tile Scored per occupied space
1 square tile 1 tile → 1 occupied space 1 tile 1 tile → 1 occupied space
1 triangular tile 1 tile → 1 occupied space 1 tile (4) 1 tile → 1 occupied space
2 triangular tiles 2 tiles → 1 occupied space 2 tiles (4) 2 tiles → 1 occupied space
1 part of double-sized tile N/A (2) 1 tile (4) 1 tile → 1 or 2 occupied spaces (5)
  • Note:
    • (1) There was no explicit mention in rules. It was assumed that triangular tiles on the same space were considered counted as 1 tile as an adaptation of the scoring rules for monasteries. This may be the result of a misinterpretation.
    • (2) Double-sized tiles were released a year later so no provision for double-sized tiles is made in the rules from 2014.
    • (3) Not covered in the rules, but aligned with the interpretation of the rules from 2020 and the clarifications from 10/2015.
    • (4) Triangular tiles and double-sized tiles were counted as individual tiles for monasteries.
    • (5) Not covered in the rules, but change consistent with monastery scoring by occupied space from 2020. It would override the clarifications provided in 10/2015.

Footnotes

For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.

  1. Icon World Black.png The ZMG rules of the base game mention the "first player" without explaining how it is decided. However, the Big Box 6 rules are re-aligned with the HiG rules and indicate the first player is the youngest one.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Icon World Black.png The second part of the double turn happens in step 4B, after step 4A. See Order of Play.
  3. Icon Open Book.png As noted in the rules, a player may deploy a barn, play a tower piece, or place a follower on the Wheel of Fortune.
  4. Icon World Black.png It seems a mistranslation by RGG of the original HiG rules. Big Box 3 written rules indicate the dragon moves after scoring but the turn sequence summary instructs to move the dragon before scoring. The written rules have been considered to have precedence in this matter.
  5. Icon World Black.png A misinterpretation concluded the dragon moves after placing the tile.
  6. Icon World Black.png This discrepancy may be the result of a mistranslation by ZMG of the original HiG rules.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Icon World Black.png The discrepancy may be caused by a mistranslation by RGG.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Icon Open Book.png An official clarification reverted the rules stated in Big Box 3 that allowed the fairy to be placed by a follower on a castle. The reason stated is that the fairy has to be placed on a tile.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Icon World Black.png The discrepancies in the Big Box 6 rules can be due to a mistranslation by ZMG of the original HiG rules.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Icon World Black.png ZMG mistranslated the rules for the boxed version and kept the same version in Big Box 4 and Big Box 6.