Carcassonne: Board Game Review

The kiddos received the Carcassonne Big Box Game for Christmas and Sweetie has been wanting to play it non-stop ever since. I suppose I can thank our friends Bar and Kong for her love of games. Every Labor Day Weekend since she was an infant, they have opened their home to all their friends/family for a weekend of gaming. From Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon – their home is a game-lovers haven. Wall to wall game tables and throughout the house, people are enjoying their favorite games, learning to play new ones, eating wonderful food (Kong is a fabulous cook and everyone brings treats & drinks to share), and enjoying one another’s company. Previously, we’ve played only the basic version. Since then, we’ve added two expansion sets – The River Expansion and The Princess & The Dragon – to our repertoire. It is a great game for young gamers because once they have been shown how to play, they don’t need to be able to read. At the games end, however, a little assistance is needed to help determine the score for each player or team.

We played twice yesterday; each game taking at least an hour to complete. Sweetie is catching on remarkably… I don’t have to help her with strategy anymore. She understands where to place her meeples to get the most points and works the charms of the fairy (Princess/Dragon expansion) to her advantage. On occasion, however, I do need to remind her of the rules (she’ll change her mind after her turn and want to move tiles or her meeples). She beat me yesterday by a huge margin!

Watch out, Bar & Kong! She is already asking, “How long until BarCon?”

About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

2 comments on “Carcassonne: Board Game Review

  1. We have friends in California that are big gamers. 3-tier monopoly, word play, 3-D puzzles are my love. The girls got a few new addition this holiday too and they love playing new games. Isn’t life grant to build memories with your most beloved!

    Sarah (the other me)

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