The Catapult (1st edition)
General info and comments
This is the seventh major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces a new aspect to the game.
Time for the yearly fair in Carcassonne! Travelling entertainers arrive in the region, bringing with them their latest acquisition: a catapult, which they use to perform all sorts of reckless yet marvellous stunts. That not everything goes according to plan is hardly worth mentioning ...
New features/things are:
- A catapult
- 4 different action tokens
A Carcassonne expansion is not really a Carcassonne expansion when there are no new tiles, so in the box you also find 12 tiles that represent cities, roads and cloisters in new shapes to help create a much more beautiful landscape.
- 12 new land tiles with fairs
- 24 catapult tokens - 6 tokens of 4 different types
- 1 wood catapult
- 1 ruler
The 12 new land tiles should be mixed in with the other land tiles. The catapult should be put to one side and the ruler placed next to it. Every player then receives one catapult token of each type—a total of four for each player.
Place a tile
When a land tile with a fair  is drawn, it should be placed as usual and the player should fully complete his or her turn. The game is then interrupted for a ‘catapult round’. The player whose turn was just completed selects one of four catapult tokens and hurls it using the catapult. Proceeding clockwise, the other players must then take the same kind of catapult token from their supply and hurl it in the same manner as the first player. Each player may only have one attempt.
The effects of the various catapult tokens are listed below.
After the catapult round all catapult tokens are returned to their owners, and the game continues clockwise from the next player.
The catapult tokens
Knock out - remove followers
The aim is to hit, if possible, other players' followers on the playing field.  Should a follower be hit or touched by this token—whether or not the follower is knocked over—then this follower must be immediately retrieved by its owner and returned to the supply. If several followers are hit by the token they are all returned to their respective owners. Followers belonging to the player who hurled the token must also be retrieved. Furthermore, chain-reactions are allowed: if a follower is knocked over and hits another follower in the process, both must be removed from play.
Seduction - follower exchange
This token only has an effect when it comes to rest on at least one landscape tile on the playing field.  If it does not come to rest on the playing field, it must be returned to the player immediately. If the token comes to rest on the playing field, then the players determine which follower is closest to the token.   In cases which are unclear the ruler should be used to measure the precise distance. The player who hurled the token may then swap this follower for one of his or her own. This exchange may be made with either a follower from the player's supply, or with a follower which is already in play.  The exchanged follower is returned to its owner.
Target hurling - fair contest
With this token, all players must try to hit the fair tile which triggered the current catapult round when it was placed. Whoever hurls the token closest to that fair tile wins the target practice and immediately scores 5 points. If the winner is unclear, the ruler should be used for a precise measurement; in the case of a tie, each tied player earns 5 points.
Catch - one hurls, the other catches
The player hurling the token should place the ruler half-way between him or herself and the player on the left. Then he or she must attempt to hurl the token at least as far as the ruler, while the other player must attempt to catch it. The following situations may arise:
The player on the left must then hurl the token toward the player to his or her left. Repeat until all players have had a chance to be hurler and catcher.
Ignore all the usual Catapult rules, and instead award 5 points immediately to any player who draws a fair tile out of the bag and deploys a follower to it. Note that it must be one of the normal followers—it cannot be a big follower, mayor, or wagon. (Thanks to Johngee.)
Total Tiles: 12
For Icons licensing and explanation please visit Icons page.
- The yellow ground of a fair ends a road. This is slightly different from crossings or bushes, as the wagon cannot cross a fair to the other side, since it is a feature. (modified 10/2013)
- Question: Do the yellow areas split the (green) field in two (tile with cloister and tile with two opposing city segments)? Answer: If the (green) field is disconnected, the fair does split it.
- Question: Can the wagon “drive by” a fair, or rather does a fair split a road at all? Answer: The fair is a “feature,” so the wagon cannot pass through it. (modified 10/2013)
The playing field includes the normal tiles and “starting tiles”. This means that followers on the tiles corresponding to the school, the City of Carcassonne, and Wheel of Fortune can be hit and removed. The special characters such as The Count or The Teacher stay in their area. However, followers on the scoring board should not be taken, as this is chaos. So, the scoring board here does not belong to the playing field. (10/2012)
This would also apply to the tiles of City of Leipzig. So the Knock out token may affect followers both inside and outside the City of Carcassonne, the Wheel of Fortune, and the City of Leipzig. The same happens to followers deployed onto the school tiles. However, the special figures and neutral figures on those tiles will remain undisturbed.
- The RGG edition adds the following clarification: “If it slides off the map, it has no effect!”
The playing field includes the normal tiles and “starting tiles”. This means that followers on the tiles corresponding to the school, the City of Carcassonne, and Wheel of Fortune can be selected and swapped. The special characters such as The Count or The Teacher stay in their area. However, followers on the scoring board should not be taken, as this is chaos. So, the scoring board here does not belong to the playing field. (10/2012)
This would also apply to the tiles of City of Leipzig. So the Seduction token may affect followers both inside and outside the City of Carcassonne, the Wheel of Fortune, and the City of Leipzig. The same happens to followers deployed onto the school tiles. However, the special figures and neutral figures on those tiles will remain undisturbed.
- The RGG rules include an additional restriction indicating that the players should determine which opponent’s is closest to the token. The HiG rules do not include this requirement. This discrepancy may be caused by a mistranslation.
Question: Which figures may be exchanged during "Seduction"?
Answer: Only the follower closest to the token can be exchanged. It does not matter if the follower is yours or someone else's. The designated follower can be exchanged with one of your followers. Followers that can be exchanged in this way are:
- Normal follower
- Big follower
This HiG FAQ has been updated to include followers not listed originally (phantom, ringmaster, abbot). Bear in mind that the follower replacing the designated one has to be a valid one for the destination feature. This applies especially to followers with placement limitations (abbots, mayors, wagons) and features like gardens.
- There are 2 separate field segments on this tile. Only fields can be played to any of the 4 edges of this tile, including the 2 edges with yellow extending to them.
- Only the yellow ground of a fair can separate field segments; thus, the flagpole does not divide the field.