The Courier (Fan Expansion)
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General info and comments
The Courier fan-expansion was released by Carcassonne CZ forum members Matisek, Bumsakalaka and Snearone.
There are many abandoned roads, towns or monasteries and gardens. The Courier brings good news to those who decide to improve these places.
The tiles and rules files are available here, expansion is also playable only with Courier ✎ figure:
- C2 version will be available on Carcassonne CZ forum (please register to access):
- 6× landscape tiles with a letter symbol (optional)
Shuffle the new landscape tiles in with the rest of the tiles and stack them normally. Place the Courier to the side for now - it doesn't belong to any player.
No tiles variant
Place the Courier to starting tile.
1. Placing a tile
2. Placing a meeple
You may place a meeple according to the usual rules.
3. Scoring a feature
The Currier figure and a letter symbol does not affect scoring of finished features.
4. End of turn - The Courier Move - Receiving a thank-you message
If the player's meeple, placed in this turn, meets all of the following conditions:
- stands at the end of the turn in an unfinished feature such as a city, road, monastery, or garden
- stands on a tile with the Courier OR stands horizontally or vertically to the tile on which the Courier stands,
then the Courier figure is moved to that meeple and the player receives a thank-you message from the Courier for the unfinished feature, which score you points as in the final scoring of the game.
A farmer placed in a field cannot receive a message from the Courier because he is on a feature that cannot be completed and scored during the game.
- * 03/2023 Allowed to play expansion only with the Courier figure without expansion tiles, which are optional now.
- * 03/2023 Fixed conditions for receiving a thank-you message and a new rule to put the Courier figure back into play when it is eaten by a Dragon and a No tiles variant is played.
This Expansion Selector allows you to pick what expansions (or parts of them) to use in the reference pages of WICA. According to your selection, the Order of Play and Scoring sections will be adapted. This way, you can customize WICA to suit your game without any hinderance from the expansions left out.
As hinted above, the expansions combining multiple elements permit a fine-grain selection of its elements. For example, you can choose the abbey tiles and the wagon from "Abbey & Mayor" and to leave out the barn and the mayor.
2. Use Guide
The selector has several tabs and below there is an area that lists the current selection at all times, no matter the tab displayed.
You can click on any tab label to go to the desired tab. Additional clicks on a selected tab will collapse it and expand it back in order to access the selector when needed. Switching to another tab will expand the selector automatically.
The following sections describe the tabs and their functionality.
2.1. "Expansions" tabs
The first three tabs from the left allow you to pick expansions in full or partially when possible.
- Major expansions: lists all official major expansions by HiG.
- Minor expansions: lists all official minor expansions by HiG and some of their licensed equivalents.
- Other expansions: lists the rest of licensed and unofficial expansions as well as those Print & Play and Cut & Play expansions released by HiG.
These tabs show a listing of expansions where each label is preceded by a checkbox to allow its selection and deselection if full.
Those expansions with various components show a clickable "[+]" symbol after them when closed or "[–]" when open. In the latter case, all the components are displayed and can be selected and deselected individually.
Each tab has a text label in accordance with the format "Group (X/Y)" in order to identify the set of expansions listed (indicated by Group), the number of expansions selected (represented by X) and the total number available (represented by Y).
2.2. "Quick Selectors" tab
This is the fourth tab from the left. It allows you to choose from a predefined list of available expansions sets. This tab contains the following elements:
- A dropdown list and a "Select Expansions" button: They allow you select and load a predefined expansion bundle, such as a Big Box or all the expansions for the New Edition.
- The "Clear All" button empties your current with one click.
- The "Select All" button selects all the expansions available with one click.
2.3. "Filters" tab
This is the fifth tab from the left. It allows you to choose what Carcassonne editions are displayed and your preferred edition. The editions considered are the 1st Edition (C1), the New Edition (C2+C3), and the Winter Edition (WE), which is included in a creative way if some of its expansions are of interest.
The tab displays two panels:
- "Show Editions" panel: it contains a checkbox for each edition available (C1, C2+C3 and WE.) The selector will show the expansions belonging to the checked editions only. For example, if the 1st edition (C1) checkbox is selected, expansions such as "The Wheel Of Fortune" or "Halflings" will be eligible in the Expansion Selector, otherwise they will not be available for selection. At least one edition has to be selected, thus they cannot be deselected at the same time.
- "Preferred Edition" panel: it contains a set of radio buttons for the 1st Edition (C1), the New Edition (C2+C3) and the Winter Edition. The radio button selected will indicate the Expansion Selector which edition has precedence over the other when:
- Describing the Game Reference, the Order of Play, the Scoring rules and Game Figures: If there are differences between editions, the preferred edition rules and wording will be displayed. For example, the movement of the dragon will be displayed in different steps in the Order of Play depending on whether C1 or C2+C3 is selected.
- Displaying graphics in the Scoring sections: For expansions available in both editions, the images shown will correspond to the selected edition. Images from an expansion only existing in one edition will not change.
The radio button for an edition will be enabled only if such an edition is available, that is, it is selected in the "Show Editions" panel.
It also includes a checkbox with the label "Mark rules adaptations": If checked, all the rules displayed in the Game Reference, the Order of Play, and the Game Figures not corresponding to the preferred edition will be highlighted.
This tab shows a label similar to "Filters (C1/C2+C3/WE) #" that lists all the editions selected in parentheses and one of them is underlined, indicating that it is the preferred one. The hash sign "#" is present if rules adaptations are highlighted.
This is the current tab displayed with help information about the Expansion Selector.
✎ General rules
If more than one Meeple (e.g. Normal Meeple, Large Meeple, Abbot, Mayor, Wagon, Ringmaster, Phantom, ...) has been placed or moved in a turn and meets the condition for receiving a thank-you message from the Courier, then the Courier moves to whichever Meeple was placed or moved first, and that player receives a thank-you message from the Courier, even if this player is not the active player.
The Courier is moved even if the Meeple meets the condition for receiving a thank-you message and would score 0 points, e.g. an incomplete city with a Cathedral Inns & Cathedrals ✎ .
A Meeple placed on a feature that can be completed and scored during the game can receive a message from the Courier.
Also, a Meeple moved on the game board from one feature to another can receive a message from the Courier.
A Meeple placed on a larger tile (double tile, etc) can meet the condition for receiving a thank-you message when at least one part of a feature on tile where a Meeple is placed is horizontally or vertically to the tile on which the Courier stands.
A Meeple placed on a feature that cannot be completed or scored during the game cannot receive a message from the Courier.
A meeple moved on the same feature during the game cannot receive a message from the Courier.
Support figures (e.g. Builder, Pig, Shepherd, etc.) and neutral figures (e.g. Fairy, Dragon, etc.) cannot receive a message from the Courier.