Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers Edition (2020)
Journey to the Stone Age in this prehistoric version of the classic tile-laying game.
This edition of Carcassonne was first issued in 2002, and despite being one of the most popular editions, has been out of print for many years. This new edition features new artwork and rules, to bring the Stone Age edition of Carcassonne into 2020.
Thousands of years before the people of Carcassonne built mighty walls and castles, their ancestors roamed the land, hunting, fishing, and gathering what they needed to survive. Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers combines the classic tile-laying gameplay of the original Carcassonne with new thematic features and adjusted scoring rules for an all-new challenge. Players take turns placing tiles to expand a prehistoric landscape full of forests, rivers, lakes, and grasslands, and then score each natural feature. Wild animals from mammoths to saber-toothed tigers lurk in the grasslands, affecting your hunter score at the end of the game.
One of the highest-rated standalone versions of Carcassonne of all time, Hunters & Gatherers includes everything from the original published in 2002, plus updated art and additional menhir tiles, bonus tiles that give you extra turns to take special actions. When you complete a forest with a menhir, take an extra turn to draw and place a menhir tile and resolve its special effect—anything from scoring bonuses to a wildfire that chases all saber-toothed tigers away from a connected grassland. Use menhir tiles to your advantage to get ahead of your opponents! Will you strategically place your tribe members and win the game?
Scoring features will look familiar to veteran Carcassonne players, but with a few key differences that make Hunters & Gatherers a unique gaming experience in its own right. For instance, players can place a tribe member (a meeple) to claim grasslands just as they might claim a field, but grasslands vary in points value depending on the types and number of animals present. Likewise, rivers will score similarly to roads, but the number of fish in the river system will increase the points you earn from completing it.
Forests that have menhirs—tall, standing stones like Stonehenge—will also grant players a bonus. When a player completes a forest with a menhir, that player takes a bonus menhir tile, placing it and resolving its effect as an extra action. Menhir tiles can help you score bonus points on your claimed features, or even drive animals from the grasslands with a raging wildfire. Place menhir tiles strategically to make the most of your bonus action!