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Store:  Family Games
Edition:  Carcassonne: Discovery
Series:  Carcassonne
Theme:  Exploration
Genre:  Connection
Format:  Placement / Tile-Laying Games

Carcassonne: The Discovery

English language edition of Carcassonne: Neues Land

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2007

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-45 minutes 2-5

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Product Description

This is the newest, and, as many of us at Funagain believe, the best of the Carcassonne game series. Carcassonne: The Discovery is a stand alone game, not an expansion, and Funagain Games is the exclusive source of the English version of this game (the only other copies of this game in the US are available only in the German edition).

The rules are brief and an enclosed, separate score chart summarizes the scoring, allowing you to begin playing in a very short time (probably 5 minutes if you have played the basic Carcassonne game previously). Carcassonne: The Discovery is a great game for experienced game-players to introduce their friends to the world of gaming in a simple yet strategic format that is family-friendly and comfortable for players of all levels.

The plot of the game is that the people of the Carcassonne region have decided to expand to distant lands. The players explore and discover the geography of the surrounding area, facing the dangers of the sea and the mountains and exploring the vast grasslands. The skill and strategy of the players exploring these new territories and their approach to controlling them by deploying their followers as brigands, navigators, and explorers will determine who is victorious.

Unlike the original Carcassonne game, regions are not automatically scored when completed. In a strategic twist unique to this game, you get to choose when your regions score. They are worth more if they are completed vs. left incomplete, but to complete them requires precious time and resources, so when do you choose to score your regions and free up the scarce and always-needed "meeples"?

From award-winning game designer Alan R. Moon:

    "CARCASSONNE: THE DISCOVERY is an example of how a designer can take a great game, change it a little, and create a game that is both familiar and new at the same time, and just as good as the original."

You get the idea -- now get the game!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Game Nominee, 2007

Product Information


  • 84 landscape tiles
  • 1 scoring track
  • 25 wooden followers
  • 5 summary cards
  • 1 rule booklet

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 10 reviews

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Just right for a light-hearted game night
April 10, 2007

I love strategy games like Railroad Tycoon, Acquire, and Settlers of Catan. Sometimes you want something a little lighter for a less competitive crowd. (It's not good to play too many cutthroat- style games with your wife.)

When I read about this version of Carcassonne, it seemed just right -- a little strategy, a friendly theme, easy scoring, pleasing to the eye, yet with rewards for thinking ahead.

And I was right. This was exactly what I wanted to add to my game collection. It is great for casual friends and nights just with the wife too.

The most fun of the series
April 09, 2007

I love this game! This game was my first introduction to the Carcassonne series (it is not compatible with and does not integrate with the original Carcassonne). My wife and I played it all the time, and have taught it to our 9 and 7 year old kids (although it is challenging for them, they are getting better each time). Since then we have bought the original Carcassonne and the add-on with the pigs, but this is still our favorite. Carcassonne Discovery seems to go faster, is more straightforward, and is simpler and easier to score, yet no less rich strategically. It does require concentration, but the great thing is that the rules are simple. The downsides is that we seem to run out of tiles too fast for what we want to do (but of course part of the strategy is that you must be careful not to overextend). Another part of the strategy is that often you may actually score better by setting tiles collaboratively, so you end up trying to use a good deal of persuasion to influence your opponents. Often the persuasion becomes very vocal and loud, making this a very interactive game! The game becomes very exciting toward the end as you approach your last tiles.

We have also modified the rules so that you always have two tiles in your hand for your next turn right after you play; that way you are looking at multiple scenarios and it makes the game move fast.

When my wife are looking for a game to play by ourselves, this is almost always the one we choose.

Different and Great
February 10, 2007

Carcassonne was the first Eurogame we purchased after being exposed to Settlers of Catan. We went into a game shop that sadly, was going out of business. They didn't have any copies of Settlers left, but they did have a bundle of Carcassonne with a couple of expansions. We really fell in love with the game and ended up purchasing the two player Castle version and the Princess and Dragon expansion.

When Carcassonne: the Discovery was announced, I was intrigued and decided to purchase a copy. It was certainly familiar, but also different, and different in a very wonderful way. The new methods of scoring and the increased level of meeple management add a freshness to the series that makes the original seem somehow less refined. The games are tight and quick, with more thought required than the original.

It's hard not to evaluate this game without referring to the original. But it stands on its own and should be a part of any gamer's collection. If you're already experienced with Carcassonne, this version will make a wonderful addition and will take very little time to learn. If you're someone looking for your first or second Eurogame, this would make a wonderful introduction to the genre.

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