Carcassonne is a renowned tile-placement game set in the picturesque landscape of Southern France. This game is beloved for its simplicity, depth, and the beautiful mosaic players create on the table.

Gameplay Overview

  • Tile Placement: Players draw and place tiles depicting parts of the French landscape, such as cities, roads, and grasslands.
  • Matching Landscapes: Tiles must be placed adjacent to existing tiles with matching landscapes.
  • Meeple Placement: After placing a tile, players can choose to place a meeple on it as a knight, robber, monk, or farmer.
  • Scoring: Completed areas (cities, roads, monasteries) score points for the player whose meeple occupies them.
  • End Game: The game ends when all tiles have been placed. Final scoring includes unfinished areas and farms.

Special Features

  • Strategic Decision Making: Players must decide the best placement for tiles and meeples to maximize points while potentially hindering opponents.
  • Simple Rules, Deep Strategy: Easy to learn, yet offers rich strategic depth.
  • Variability: The random tile drawing ensures a unique board layout in every game.
  • Expandability: A variety of expansions add new dimensions and strategies to the base game.


Carcassonne stands as a classic in the board gaming world, balancing simplicity and strategic depth. Its accessibility makes it perfect for newcomers, while its strategic possibilities keep seasoned gamers engaged. The game's charm lies in its ability to combine straightforward gameplay with tactical decision-making, making every game a unique and engaging experience.

Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2001

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 30 - 45 Minutes
  • 7+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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

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

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