The Barber-Surgeons

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One of the new buildings.

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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2018 during Essen Spiel.

With this mini-expansion, you'll send your Meeples to the barber surgeon's. A bathhouse had several purposes during the Middle Ages. You could take a bath sharing the latest gossip, as well as enjoying a highly professional medical treatment. Of course, your Meeple will be enjoying his time in the bathhouse, so he won't be able to help you. To get him back there are various possibilities...

With this expansion you can score more points when scoring cities or roads with bathhouses, but your meeples can be attracted by bathhouses forcing them to stay there.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below. You can combine it with other expansions - but at your own risk – that is, there will be no official rules for these combinations.

Contents

  • 6 new Land tiles with bathhouses marked with expansion symbol.

Rules

Preparation

Shuffle the 6 Bathhouses tiles and select as many as needed according to the number of players.

Number of players  2 3 4 and more
Bathhouses  4 5 6

Now, shuffle the right number of Bathhouse tiles with the rest of the Land tiles. Put the unneeded Bathhouse tiles back into the box.

Scoring bathhouse points

1. Placing a tile

When you draw a Bathhouse tile, you place it according to the normal rules.

2. Placing a meeple

After having placed a Bathhouse tile, you may place a Meeple according to normal rules, that is, you may place him on a road, in a city or on a field. However, you cannot place the Meeple on the bathhouse itself.

Example: You place the tile with the bathhouse and put a Meeple in the city.

3. Initiate scoring with bathhouse

Having finished a city with a bathhouse, you score as usual. In addition to the normal points, the owner of the city gets the number of points shown on the banner (3, 4 or 5). If there are several bathhouses in a scored city, add all the bathhouse points in it.

The same applies to roads with bathhouses.

Example: You finish and score a city. You get a total 9 points (6 points for the 3 city tiles and 3 points for the bathhouse).
Final scoring

Bathhouses will provide no bonus points to features scored after the game. [1]

Visiting a bathhouse after scoring

3. After scoring a feature

If there is only one Meeple involved in scoring a feature [2] and if there is at least one free bathhouse, instead of returning the Meeple to your hand, you must place your Meeple sideways in (any) one of the free bathhouses (or in the only free bathhouse) immediately after the scoring. You score the feature as usual before doing so.

Example: After scoring the small city, you place your Meeple in the bathhouse.

Respect the following rules:

  • A bathhouse is free if there is no Meeple in it
  • If there are several free bathhouses, you can choose in which one you place your Meeple
  • If there are several Meeples involved in scoring a feature, all Meeples are returned to the players' supply (even if all Meeples belong to one player) - no meeple is placed in a bathhouse
  • If there is no free bathhouse, you get your Meeple back
  • If there are several features scored (by placing one single land tile) you have to consider the order in which the features are scored - the player who placed the land tile decides the order in which the scoring is carried out, as this may affect which meeples are placed in free bathhouses (if applicable).
Final scoring

No meeples will be moved to any free bathhouse during the final scoring. [3]

Leaving the bathhouse

There are two possibilities to get back a Meeple that has been placed in the bathhouse.

1. Completing a bathhouse

Getting back a Meeple from the bathhouse for free.

If a player places the last Land tile surrounding a bathhouse (the same way you complete monasteries), the Meeple placed in the bathhouse can be taken back immediately and for free. The returned meeple does not score any points when returned.

Example: Blue surrounds the bathhouse completely with his Land tile. You can take your Meeple back.

Note!

  • If you place a Meeple in a bathhouse which is already surrounded by 8 Land tiles, you cannot get him back for free.
  • If you realize that there is still a Meeple in a bathhouse which was completely surrounded in a preceding round, you are not allowed to take him back for free anymore.

2. Buy your meeple back

To get back your Meeple you can also pay with points. The number of points you lose depends on the number shown on the respective bathhouse (3, 4 or 5). Move your Meeple back on the scoring board. You are allowed to have less than 0 points.

Example: You take your Meeple back to your stash after having paid 4 points (as indicated by the Bathhouse tile). You move your Meeple 4 points backwards.

You can buy a Meeple back after having placed a land tile. You are allowed to place this Meeple in the same round.

If a Meeple leaves the bathhouse, the bathhouse is free again and ready to welcome another Meeple. [4]

Clarifications for new landscape tiles

Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 01.jpg

The bridge does not end the roads displayed on it, nor does it combine them; the road with the bathhouse continues from left to right, while the other continues from top to bottom. The roads split the field into four separate fields.

Tile distribution

Total Tiles: 6

Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 01.jpg x1
Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 02.jpg x1
Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 03.jpg x1
Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 04.jpg x1
Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 05.jpg x1
Barber-Surgeons C2 Tile 06.jpg x1


Footnotes

For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.

  1. Icon World Black.png The rules only consider the bathhouse bonus when scoring completed roads and cities. Incomplete features would not get bathhouse bonus points.
  2. Icon World Black.png This rule would only affect actual meeples: normal meeples, large meeple, abbot, wagon, mayor, ringmaster, and phantom. Other player's figures on the playing area are not considered: pig, builder, barn, and shepherd.
  3. Icon World Black.png The rules consider this action applies when scoring features completed during the game as a result of a tile placement.
  4. Icon World Black.png This other meeple can be any meeple from any player, even the same meeple that just left the bathhouse.