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Besiegers Cathars Siege (1st edition)

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Spielbox Issue 5 2004
Carcassonne Almanach (2005)
Box Cult, Siege & Creativity
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The Cathars (Die Katharer) was originally released in Spielbox in 2004 and republished in Carcassonne Almanach in 2005.

Siege (part of Cult, Siege, & Creativity) was originally released by Rio Grande Games in 2008.

The Besiegers (Die Belagerer) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2013.

During the 11th and 12th centuries, a new religion called Catharism developed in southern France. The Roman Church decreed that this religion was heretical. By the beginning of the 13th century Carcassonne had become a stronghold of the Cathar religion. After unheeded warnings and the murder of a church legate, Pope Innocent III initiated a crusade against the Cathars. The besieging of Carcassonne in 1209 marked the start of 40 years of continuous war.


The Cathars
The Besiegers

The Cathars expansion of 4 tiles was initially released in Spielbox in 2004, and because of its rarity, it has become one of the most sought-after Carcassonne expansions. Copyright prevented The Cathars from being reprinted by anyone except Spielbox, so Rio Grande Games developed Siege to be able to publish tiles with the same function. The four tiles in Siege have the same functional layout as the tiles in The Cathars, but the artwork is entirely new. Thus, Siege is effectively a reprint of The Cathars with updated artwork. The rules for Siege are also almost identical to those for The Cathars; the only difference involves escape from a besieged city (see rules below).


Ultimately, Hans im Glück recognized the popularity of The Cathars and published The Besiegers in 2013 to allow players to be able to obtain this element of Carcassonne again. The rules are identical to those of The Cathars, but the geography of the Besiegers tiles and the tile artwork are all new. Interestingly, the 2014 version of the Besiegers rules includes the note: “This mini-expansion appears in the 2004 Spielbox magazine under the name 'The Cathars’ (with only 4 tiles).” This seems to indicate that this expansion is considered a reprint rather than a new expansion, even though the tile features are different between the two sets.

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Castles in Germany (1st edition)

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Castles in Germany (Burgen in Deutschland) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2015. The rules show another expansion symbol than the tiles. It is assumed that this was changed at the last minute and forgotten in the rules or vice versa. The castles in Germany of the second edition show the same symbol as shown in the rules of the first edition.

This mini-expansion, featuring 6 well-known castles in Germany, allows the players to become lords and ladies, earning extra points for their famous estates.

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Cathedrals in Germany (1st edition)

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Cathedrals in Germany (Kathedralen in Deutschland) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2016.

This mini expansion, containing 6 well-known cathedrals in Germany, gives the players the opportunity to gain a respectable number of points with the help of archbishop and highwayman.

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Crop Circles (1st edition)

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Crop Circles I was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2010.

Crop Circles II (Mini #7) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

The Crop Circles I expansion was an independently packaged expansion which was also included in some versions of the German base game of Carcassonne. The Crop Circles II “expansion” is considered #7 of the mini-expansions released in 2012, but it does not exist as an independent set. Rather, one tile was packed with each of the preceding 6 mini expansions.

The rules for Crop Circles I and Crop Circles II are functionally identical. The version of the rules specific to Crop Circles II can be found on the HiG website, as it is not packaged with the tiles themselves.

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Darmstadt Promo (1st edition)

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Darmstadt Promo was originally released by Darmstadt Spielt (20 year anniversary) in 2014.

Darmstadt Spielt has been held in the Darmstadtium Science and Congress Center since 2010.

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The Ferries (1st edition)

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The Ferries (Mini #3) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

Some roads lead to small lakes around Carcassonne. There ferries are operated, connecting some roads at times and other roads at other times. This results in new challenges for robbers.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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The Festival (1st edition)

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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2011 to mark the 10th Anniversary of Carcassonne. [1]

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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The Flier (1st edition)

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The Flier (Mini #1) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

As resourceful hobbyists, the players want to achieve the dream of flying, one of the oldest dreams of mankind, and try out their newly developed wings. Flight length and landing are somewhat unpredictable, however.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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Games Quarterly 11 (1st edition)

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The Games Quarterly #11 expansion was originally released in Games Quarterly in 2006 [2]

As advertised, the GQ11 expansion does contain “never-before seen tile configurations,” with the exception of the tile with a river and two city segments, which was previously available in The River. Most of these “new configurations” are trivial enough, such as the removal of a pennant or trade good, or a mirror-reversal of another tile. However, two of the tiles deserve more comment.

The spring tile is obviously intended as a replacement for those included in The River and The River II. One of the common criticisms of those two expansions is that they lead to larger farms, and part of the reason is the farm goes all the way around the spring, officially at least. [3] However, the spring tile included here has a road leading away from the spring, and so divides the farm. [4]

No matter how many spring tiles you have you should still only use one to form a single river. [5]

It should be noted that, officially, the FFFF tile is not a pig-herd tile (see The River II for more details). This has been confirmed by Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games, the producer of this expansion. [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] It may be possible to use the tile as if it were a pig-herd tile, but this would be a house rule, rather than an official rule.

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The Goldmines (1st edition)

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Goldmines (Mini #4) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

GOLD! The excitement is great and many are coming to claim the precious metal for themselves. All accounts will be settled at the end.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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Halflings (1st edition)

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The designers of Halflings took a gamble by changing the tile shape, which departs completely from the base game concept. We are far from judging whether this experiment was a success, yet we feel obliged to make a few statements.

All through WikiCarpedia we follow the facts and official clarifications but it is nearly impossible in the case of Halflings as it is unsupported by the publisher, HiG. Due to its unique nature, it is even hard to work out a comprehensive set of rules that provides answers to all the open issues that may arise when interacting with other expansions.

In the end, please be warned that, while playing Halflings, you may come across situations that are not addressed here, not because we are not aware of those situations, but because we were not able to find answers within official clarifications. In such cases, feel justified to make house rules and have fun!

Spielbox Issue 5 2014 (Halflings I)
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Halflings were originally released in Spielbox and by Hans im Glück in 2014

The Halflings (or “Half & Half”) mini-expansion is available in two versions. One version is available in the 5/2014 issue of Spielbox magazine (www.spielboxshop.de) and these tiles are marked with the pentagon symbol. The second version was available at the Hans im Glück online shop (www.cundco.de) and these tiles are marked with the “C” Follower symbol. Therefore, it is possible that in the examples that follow, tiles may be shown that are not a part of the “Half” set you may own.

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Little Buildings (1st edition)

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Little Buildings (The Houses) was originally released in Spielbox in 2012

This mini-expansion has been developed primarily for the Carcassonne basic game.

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Mage and Witch (1st edition)

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Mage and Witch (Mini #5) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

Magic casters visit the countryside of Carcassonne. While the Mage brings the streets and cities into bloom, the people are rather suspicious of the skills of the Witch.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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The Messages (1st edition)

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The Messages (Dispatches) (Mini #2) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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Monasteries (1st edition)

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Punchout Dutch Monasteries (999Games)
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Monasteries in Germany (Klöster in Deutschland) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2014

Monasteries in the Netherlands & Belgium (de Kloosters) was originally released by 999 Games in 2014. Hans im Glück also released a version with some changes to the graphics and identical rules in 2016.

The two Monasteries expansions are independently packaged expansions. The rules for Monasteries in Germany and Monasteries in the Netherlands & Belgium are identical.

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The Phantom (1st edition)

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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2011. [11]

The Phantom is the only expansion to date that is completely edition independent, in that it can be used with both First Edition and Second Edition Carcassonne.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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The Plague (1st edition)

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Spielbox Issue 6 2010
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The Plague was originally released in Spielbox in 2010.

A medieval plague doctor. Source: The Society Pages (Thanks to Whaleyland.)

This expansion reaches deep into the game. The devastating plague makes the very layout of the land important. After a seemingly harmless incubation period, one might soon come to the conclusion that it is impossible to score any points in the face of the plague. But don’t be deceived! It is possible to guide the plague in the direction of one’s opponents and—on the other side of eradicated infestation—to protect oneself and accumulate points without further hinderance.

General Concept:

Starting from six Outbreak tokens, the plague spreads throughout Carcassonne. As soon as an Outbreak tile comes into play, every player must spread the plague further in his or her turn. A follower on an affected tile is removed without scoring. However, one can attempt to take flight from the plague—on the same road, farm or even with a city. Over the subsequent course of play, the players may eradicate an Outbreak, so that the plague may no longer spread in certain regions.

Definitions:

  • A plague source tile with an active Outbreak token, and all adjacent red flea tokens, forms the region of an active plague region. An active Outbreak token without adjacent flea token also counts as an active Plague region.
  • Adjacent pink flea tiles represent a latent plague region.
  • A plague tile with a passive Outbreak token (field) is secured against the plague. It is never part of a Plague region.


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La Porxada (1st edition)

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La Porxada (The Columned Hall) was originally released at Jugar X Jugar in 2010 by Oriol Comas i Coma.

La Porxada is a historical edification in Granollers. It was built in the mid-16th Century by order of the town council. It is located in the historic quarter of the city, in front of the city hall. In its time it was an agricultural market and a place to trade products from the land. In the civil war it was destroyed by the Italian air force and was rebuilt afterwards.

La Porxada in Granollers. Source: Wikipedia

La Porxada is a self-proclaimed mini-mini-expansion, containing only a single tile. Its place in the Carcassonne universe is debated and disputed – some consider this a completely unofficial expansion, as it was never sanctioned by Hans im Glück. Those who argue this side note that the tiles were simply stickers placed on other tiles. However, the expansion was sanctioned by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede himself (there is even an image of a signed tile on BoardGameGeek.com), so this is more than just a fan expansion. Ultimately, La Porxada exists in semi-official limbo, and individual players must use their own judgement as to the nature of the expansion.

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The Robbers (1st edition)

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The Robbers (Mini #6) was originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012.

Bands of robbers are on the roads and claiming tolls. If followers score points, these "noble fellows" hold out their hands.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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Russian Promos (1st edition)

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The Russian Promos were originally released in 2013, and extended in 2016.

The original two tiles were created by the Russian distributor of Carcassonne (Hobby World) and were given to local tournament participants (2013) and top-6 tournament finishers (2015). In 2016 two new tiles were added and it was a present for the participants of the Russian national Carcassonne league in 2016.

They are actual printed tiles (unlike the stickers on tiles used for La Porxada). However, they were not produced by HiG, and they have an extremely limited distribution. Thus, at this time they are considered a “semi-official” expansion. They will not be found in the consolidated tile reference section.

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The School (1st edition)

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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2011

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The Tunnel (1st edition)

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Spielbox Issue 6 2009
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Originally released in Spielbox in 2009. [12]

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Wind Roses (1st edition)

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Originally released by Hans im Glück in 2012. [13]

Re-released in Spielbox with slight modifications in 2013.

This expansion has been developed for the Carcassonne basic game. All the basic game rules still apply in addition to the expansion rules below.

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Easter in Carcassonne (1st edition)

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Easter in Carcassonne was released by HiG in 2014. It was the 1st official PnP expansion.
Original design by Fritz_Spinne.

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The City Gates (1st edition)

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The City Gates was released by HiG in 2015. It was the 2nd official PnP expansion.
Original design by PresetM.


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  1. Icon World Black.png This “expansion” is really a part of HiG and RGG’s Jubilee Edition of Carcassonne, which essentially consists of a deluxe version of the basic game and this mini-expansion.
  2. Icon World Black.png The original GQ11 expansion contains no rules.
  3. Icon Open Book.png See notes in The River and The River II.
  4. Icon World Black.png The road ends in what looks like an inn; however, there is no lake, so it does not fulfil the requirements of Inns and Cathedrals for scoring points.
  5. Icon Open Book.png Question: When the two River sets (The River and The River II) are combined, should we make two rivers (using the two springs) or discard one spring and one lake and make just one river? Answer: One spring and one lake are discarded.
  6. Icon Open Book.png Question: Do you have an official ruling? I understand from Hans im Glück that these are your tiles rather than theirs, so I guess you are the final arbiter! Answer: Yes, I am—and this is just a field —no special points for the pigs and cows in it—sorry.
  7. Icon House Black.png The FFFF tile with a pig herd can be counted as a pig-herd tile (i.e. providing a bonus point per city) for the purposes of scoring farms. It could be counted as such even when not playing with the pig piece (Traders and Builders).
  8. Icon World Black.png There are no official rules for using two pig-herd tiles, as there are no rules for using two copies of The River II, and the similar GQ11 tile is not officially a pig-herd tile. However, if one farm has multiple pig-herd tiles, it seems that they should not stack; in other words, the bonus should only be awarded once, in keeping with other landscape bonuses such as Inns and Cathedrals.
  9. Icon Open Book.png Question: Does the pig-herd tile still score an extra point when there is a barn on the farm (barn = 4 points, barn+pig-herd = 5 points per city)? Answer: The pig-herd tile only counts in connection with farmers, not the barn.
  10. Icon House Black.png The pig-herd tile can score an extra point per city when there is a barn on the farm.
  11. The original translation of the German for this expansion was The Entourage.
  12. Icon Double Arrow Black.png For The Tunnel we have three sets of rules to draw on: those originally published in Spielbox; a set on Hans im Glück’s website; and, based on that, an English translation on the Spielbox website. We have used those of Hans im Glück as a basis for this section, although we will point out any differences between versions as necessary.
  13. Icon World Black.png A more precise translation of the German would be The Compass Roses, as this is the English term for the symbols featured in this mini-expansion. However, Wind Roses seems more poetic, so that’s what I’m going with.