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Base game (1st edition)
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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2000

A clever tile-laying game for 2 to 5 players aged 8 and above by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede

The city of Carcassonne in southern France is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players take their chances with their followers in the cities, cloisters, farms and on the roads around Carcassonne. The development of the land is in their hands, and the skillful deployment of the followers as thieves, knights, monks and farmers is the path to success.

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Carcassonne is a tile-based German-style board game for two to five players, designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede. It was originally released, in Germany, by Hans im Glück in 2000 for this first edition and in 2014 for its second edition. The English edition was released by Z-Man Games in United Kingdom and by Rio Grande Games in America.

The city of Carcassonne in southern France is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players take their chances with their followers in the cities, cloisters, farms and on the roads around Carcassonne. The development of the land is in their hands, and the skillful deployment of the followers as thieves, knights, monks and farmers is the path to success.
River (1st edition)
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OEM version
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There are two River Expansions:

In 2014, HiG's Big Box 5 included a version of River I (sometimes referred to as River III) with some minor additions that tied in with Hills & Sheep.


Inns and Cathedrals (1st edition)
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Rio Grande Games
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Inns and Cathedrals was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2002. The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol and had the name "Die Erweiterung" and not "Inns and Cathedrals".

This expansion is the first major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces a few new aspects to the game.

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Inns and Cathedrals (originally Wirtshäuser und Kathedralen in German), or The Expansion (originally Die Erweiterung in German) for its first published edition, is the first major expansion for Carcassonne. It was originally released, in Germany, by Hans im Glück in 2002 for this first edition and in 2015 for its second edition. The English edition was released by Z-Man Games in United Kingdom and by Rio Grande Games in America.

This expansion introduces a few new aspects to the game.

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The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol

Traders and Builders (1st edition)
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Traders and Builders was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2003.

This is the second major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces a few new aspects to the game. They introduced some new tiles that brought new things with them.

New features/things are:

  • Trade Good Tokens
  • Pigs
  • Builders

A Carcassonne expansion is not really a Carcassonne expansion when there are no new tiles, so in the box you also find 24 tiles that represent cities, roads and cloisters in new shapes to help create a much more beautiful landscape. The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol.

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Traders and Builders (originally Händler und Baumeister in German) is the second major expansion for Carcassonne. It was originally released, in Germany, by Hans im Glück in 2003 for this first edition and in 2015 for its second edition. The English edition was released by Z-Man Games in United Kingdom and by Rio Grande Games in America.

This expansion introduces 24 new tiles that represent cities, roads and cloisters in new shapes, Trade Good Tokens, Pigs, and Builders

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The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol.

The Princess and The Dragon (1st edition)
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The Princess and The Dragon (P&D) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2005. The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol.

This is the third major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces a few new aspects to the game. This expansion introduces you to the world of fantasy, the land of fairy tales and where knights fight big dragons.

New features/things are:

  • The dragon
  • The fairy
  • The princess
  • A magic portal


The Tower (1st edition)
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The Tower was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2006. The tiles of the first German editions had no expansion symbol.

This is the fourth major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces a new aspect to the game. With this expansion you can build high towers from which you can capture opposing players' followers, and hold them for ransom or wait for a one-for-one exchange.

New features/things are:

  • Towers

A Carcassonne expansion is not really a Carcassonne expansion when there are no new tiles, so in the box you also find 18 tiles that represent city segments, road segments and cloisters in new configurations plus the addition of tower foundations which will help create much more than a beautiful landscape.


Abbey and the Mayor (1st edition)
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Abbey and the Mayor (Major Expansion #5) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2007


Count, King and Robber (1st edition)
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Count, King, and Robber was the sixth major expansion for Carcassonne and was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2007.

This expansion represents a collection of (parts of) several smaller expansions which had been independently released at different times (2003-2005). The information for these smaller expansions is included here as a part of this large expansion, rather than individually with their own page. This is the most reasonable way to obtain each of the small expansions, although the individual small expansions may become available, from time-to-time, on the second-hand market. Because each part truly functions independently (and the publisher even recommends against playing with River II and Count of Carcassonne at the same time), each is described separately, and each tile distribution will be at the end of the respective subsection rather than at the end of the entire section. Only Heretics and Shrines was never published before and was introduced with this extension.

Small Expansions included :-


The Catapult (1st edition)
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The Catapult was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2008.

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
  • Fairs

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.


Bridges, Castles and Bazaars (1st edition)
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Bridges, Castles and Bazaars was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2010.

This is the eighth major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces some new aspects to the game. Travelling traders arrive in the land and organize bazaars, in which haggling is considered an art. At the same time, engineers are expanding the road network with modern bridges, and small castles are being built everywhere to defend the region.

New features/things are:

  • Bridges
  • Castles
  • Bazaars

A Carcassonne expansion is not really a Carcassonne expansion when there are no new tiles, so in the box you also find 18 tiles that represent city segments, road segments and cloisters in new configurations plus the addition of bazaars which will help create much more than a beautiful landscape.


Hills & Sheep (1st edition)
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Hills & Sheep was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2014.

This is the ninth major expansion for Carcassonne and introduces some new aspects to the game.

The Shepherds in the meadows throughout Carcassonne wait peacefully until their entire flock of sheep gathers around. However, they have to be careful that a wolf doesn’t show up before they have led their flock safely into the stable. In the hills, you can take control of lands once thought lost. In addition, many a monk is always happy to have a vineyard near his cloister.


The Wheel of Fortune (1st edition)
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The precise status of this set is difficult to define, as it is both a stand-alone game and an expansion. That is, it contains enough pieces and figures to be used instead of the basic game, but it could also be used along with it. For example, it contains a scoreboard and 40 followers in 5 colors. Those who consider it to be ‘too much of a stand-alone' game might consider just using the 19 tiles with Wheel of Fortune icons. The rules are identical to the basic game, except for those noted below.

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The Wheel of Fortune was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2009.

It was later included in Big Box 5 in a slightly revised format.