Carcassonne: Gold Rush*

Carcassonne: Gold Rush marks the second installment in the "Carcassonne: Around the World" series, transporting players to the rugged landscapes of 19th-century America during the height of the gold rush era. This iteration of the beloved Carcassonne franchise retains the core mechanics of tile placement and feature scoring while introducing a thematic twist that captures the spirit of exploration, competition, and fortune-seeking that defined the period.

Gameplay Overview

  • Wild West Theme: Embrace the role of explorers in the American West, placing tiles to depict sprawling landscapes filled with railways, cattle, and bustling gold mines.
  • Gold Nugget Mechanic: Players can send their henchmen (meeples) to gold mines to collect valuable gold nuggets, adding a layer of risk and reward to the classic Carcassonne gameplay.
  • Strategic Tent Placement: Decide where to place your tent to possibly snatch gold nuggets from other players, but beware of fool's gold!

Special Features

  • Rich Historical Setting: The game beautifully incorporates elements of the Wild West, including cowboys, Native Americans, and the iconic gold rush, into the strategic tile-laying mechanics of Carcassonne.
  • Enhanced Player Interaction: The addition of gold nuggets and the ability to influence other players' fortunes introduce new strategic considerations and direct competition.


Carcassonne: Gold Rush offers fans of the Carcassonne series and newcomers alike a unique thematic experience, blending the familiar mechanics of the game with the excitement and unpredictability of the gold rush era. Through strategic tile placement and the cunning deployment of henchmen to gold mines, players will navigate the challenges and opportunities of the American frontier in pursuit of riches. Whether competing for the most lucrative gold finds or strategically sabotaging rivals, Carcassonne: Gold Rush promises a thrilling adventure in the pursuit of gold and glory.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 35 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

Video reviews, ratings, Let's Plays and tests for Carcassonne: Gold Rush

  • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Gold Rush" by Shut Up & Sit Down
    Video is in English

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