Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers

by Shelley

(Upstate NY)

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Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers
Board game manufacturer:
Rio Grande Games
Number of players:

Quick verdict

Similar enough to the basic Carcassonne game, yet with its own unique touches, Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers is a solid addition to the series.

The game and gameplay

A prehistoric variant of the classic Carcassonne game, Hunters and Gatherers expands the classic tile-placement game by introducing fishing, tigers and fire.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!Each turn you take the following actions:

1. Draw a tile from the face-down pile and show it to all players (with kibitzing encouraged).

2. Play that tile adjacent to one already on the board, matching terrain types (woods to woods, river to river, et cetera).

3. Decide if you want to put one of your huts or tribe members on the tile you just placed.

4. Score.You earn points by enclosing land areas and claiming (with your pieces) resources. Forests allow you to score for each tile plus additional bonus tiles, rivers allow you to score for the river segments and fish in the rivers.

At the end of the game, you score the beasts in your meadows and your hut on the river systems. Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers introduces fire and tigers to the tile mix, which affects the meadow scoring.Pros and cons

The familiarity of the game mechanic makes for a very quick start to the game. In some respects, the familiarity works against the game; at its heart it’s still Carcassonne.

The verdict

The addition of fire, tigers and fishing are a welcome twist to keep the game interesting. Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers, like the original and its other variants, remains a often-played addition to my games library.

Boardgame Beast gives Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers three-and-a-half footprints out of five. Click here to leave comments and submit your OWN score for this game!

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Nov 12, 2008

Thanks W. Eric

by: The Beast!

I appreciate the corrections — we’ve made the changes you suggested.

Nov 12, 2008

A couple of corrections

by: W. Eric Martin

Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers actually supports 2-5 players (not just 3-5) and is an excellent game for two players, especially once you learn the tile mix a bit and can anticipate which regular and bonus tiles remain to be drawn. Also, the game is published in the U.S. by Rio Grande Games, not Mayfair.

Eric Martin

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