About twenty years ago while on vacation at the beach, I was introduced to my first tile-laying strategy style board game Carcassone. This game is a titan of it’s time and one of the first major tile-laying games to come out in the 90’s. It is a staple on many gamers shelves, including my own. This game is comparative to Settlers of Catan; however, simple and easy to pick up and play. For this reason it is often referred to as a popular gateway game. If you are not familiar with a traditional tile-laying game this is a great one to start with. This game will be available to try out at this falls Southern Maryland Board Game Convention.


Inspired by the medieval fortress in southern France, Carcassonne is a tile-laying game in which players fill in the countryside around the fortified city. Players choose from tiles that depict cities, roads, monasteries, and fields; each new tile placed creates an ever-expanding board on which players can then add their followers. Players score points by having followers on features as they’re completed. The player who makes the most strategic placements of tiles and followers will score the most points and win the game.

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Publisher- Z-Man Games

Game Type: Tile-Laying Strategy Game

Audience: Family Game (Ages 7 and Up)

Average Play Time: 45 Minutes

Number of Players: 2-5 Players

Price Range: $40

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