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Flashback Friday - Carcassonne - Love It or Hate It?

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07 Feb 2020 00:01 - 07 Feb 2020 09:13 #306899 by ubarose
The 8,000,000,000 different farm-scoring schema make for bizarre parallel-dimension gaming where some people at the table have evil goatees and some don't, leading to the disastrous overlay of competing realities, some where farmers lie on their backs and gaze at duck-shaped clouds scudding by and others where you can only get promoted by stabbing your boss in the neck...

Love it or hate it? Do you still play it?

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07 Feb 2020 09:18 #306901 by WadeMonnig
Love it but I play it exclusively on the XBOX because scoring.

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07 Feb 2020 10:15 - 07 Feb 2020 10:49 #306904 by Gary Sax
It would be impossible to do better than Hive God's trenchant comment on it except to say that it's so cutthroat, so knife edge and knives out, that ultimately I find it pretty abstract and just ok.
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07 Feb 2020 10:48 #306905 by charlest
I'm a big fan, but only at 2 player.
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07 Feb 2020 12:13 #306908 by Legomancer
Presents itself as a game of building stuff but the main strategy is to keep anything from ever happening, which is dull. Only own The Castle, which I like a lot and don't play any of the others anymore.
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07 Feb 2020 12:26 #306909 by Gary Sax

Legomancer wrote: Presents itself as a game of building stuff but the main strategy is to keep anything from ever happening, which is dull. Only own The Castle, which I like a lot and don't play any of the others anymore.


That's very insightful. I have not thought about it this way.

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07 Feb 2020 12:27 #306910 by dysjunct
I think it's a fine game although best as a casual activity to be enjoyed while having a conversation and a drink. I don't mind it with multiple people.

If playing with expansions I prefer to limit the tiles to about 15/player, randomly chosen from all tiles you're playing with. This has two laudable effects:

1. It controls the time. Carc is a fine game at 45 minutes but excruciating at 90+.
2. It keeps people from counting tiles, figuring that they have an X% chance of drawing the tile they need and adjusting their play accordingly. That is way too much effort to win a casual family game. (Alternately, just don't play with those people.)

My favorite version is the Ark of the Covenant.
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07 Feb 2020 14:18 #306912 by Gary Sax
Oh man, yes to the counting tiles problem if you were playing this truly competitively.

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07 Feb 2020 14:33 #306913 by ubarose
I actively dislike Carcassonne. I find it painfully boring.
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07 Feb 2020 14:38 #306914 by ChristopherMD
Carcassonne is my favorite popular game that nobody ever wants to play.

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07 Feb 2020 15:31 #306915 by ubarose

ChristopherMD wrote: Carcassonne is my favorite popular game that nobody ever wants to play.


I'm surprised. It seems like a lot of people still play it. Do you think it has fallen by the wayside in general, or do you think it is just your crowd that doesn't want to play it?

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07 Feb 2020 15:38 #306916 by jeb
Like Dave, I also only ever play THE CASTLE in real life. It's gorgeous on the table and there is a lot of thinky stuff going on aside from How Much Can I Fuck You Up With This Tile from the regular game. That said, I didn't know how rough this game was until I played with some FATties in the iOS implementation. It was a gorefest of X's all over the board.
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07 Feb 2020 16:04 #306917 by ChristopherMD

ubarose wrote:

ChristopherMD wrote: Carcassonne is my favorite popular game that nobody ever wants to play.


I'm surprised. It seems like a lot of people still play it. Do you think it has fallen by the wayside in general, or do you think it is just your crowd that doesn't want to play it?


I don't have a crowd anymore but back when I did the game sat on my shelf for years with no love. I suspect its similar to Catan in that a lot of people burned out on it early in their gaming careers or just moved on to newer stuff in general and never cared to looked back. I happen to find the game relaxing (although i do play cutthroat) and I do jigsaw puzzles as well so looking for where a piece goes is my cuppa tea.
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07 Feb 2020 21:28 #306922 by Sagrilarus

Gary Sax wrote: Oh man, yes to the counting tiles problem if you were playing this truly competitively.


My box has extra tiles in it and damn that pisses people off on occasion. Entertaining as hell.
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07 Feb 2020 22:46 - 07 Feb 2020 22:47 #306925 by Disgustipater
It's the main game my wife and I play together. We play cutthroat. We use like 6 expansions but not the extra rules except for some of extra meeples like the builder and mayor. My wife just likes having a ton of tiles. She plays the iOS version solo all the time so it's one of the few games where we are mostly evenly matched.
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