Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale*

Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale offers a pastoral twist to the classic Carcassonne formula, inviting players into a serene world of farming and agriculture. As a standalone game in the Carcassonne series, this edition shifts the focus from constructing medieval landscapes to managing bucolic farms. Players become farmers, tasked with caring for animals and cultivating a variety of crops to provide for the people. This game replaces the traditional cities and castles with fields of fruits and vegetables, introducing new strategies around collection and land management.

Gameplay Overview

  • Agricultural Theme: Immerse yourself in the life of a farmer, where cultivating crops and tending to animals becomes your path to victory.
  • Collectible Crops and Animals: Players aim to collect different types of fruits and vegetables from their fields, while also building stables to house animals, adding layers of strategy in how you manage your farm.
  • New Scoring Mechanics: Unique to this edition is the ability to walk a meeple down a path, unlocking additional scoring opportunities as you explore the countryside.

Special Features

  • Pastoral Setting: Enjoy the thematic departure to a more tranquil and productive setting, focusing on the satisfaction of harvest and care rather than medieval conquest.
  • Standalone Game: Over Hill and Dale provides a complete Carcassonne experience on its own, making it accessible to new players and a refreshing variant for series veterans.
  • Integration of New Mechanics: While maintaining the essence of Carcassonne's tile placement and meeple strategy, this edition introduces mechanics that perfectly complement its agricultural theme.


Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale offers a delightful and thematic expansion to the Carcassonne universe, focusing on the simplicity and nobility of the farming life. This standalone game captures the essence of agriculture, from the careful cultivation of crops to the nurturing of animals, while introducing new gameplay mechanics that enrich the classic Carcassonne experience. Whether you're a longtime fan of the series or a newcomer to the world of tile-laying games, Over Hill and Dale promises a peaceful yet engaging retreat into the countryside, where the fruits of your labor lead to victory.

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

We like Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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