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Quiz: Do you have what it takes to conquer Carcassonne?
by Staff
A board game that's bursting with strategy, cunning and the ever-elusive meeple, Carcassonne is a highly addictive gateway game. Test your knowledge (or learn some tips) by taking the Carcassonne quiz.

Where did Carcassonne get its hard-to-pronounce name from?

  • a French city
  • Lord Carcassonne, a medieval ruler who invented board games
  • Johnny Carcassonne, the designer of the game

What's the overall objective of Carcassonne?

  • to build the most objectively beautiful city
  • The person with the most points at the end wins.
  • The person with the most meeples wins.

What in the world is a meeple?

  • When you complete a city, you yell "MEEPLE" really loud to signal your victory.
  • a general term for a gamer
  • a little wooden man figure

When was Carcassonne invented?

  • Only recently regaining popularity, a board game that resembled Carcassonne existed in the Middle Ages.
  • Carcassonne is the oldest existing game, with no estimation of when it first appeared.
  • in the year 2000

What is Carcassonne's (the game) country of origin?

  • France
  • Germany
  • the United States

What is NOT characteristic of German-style board games?

  • employing strategy to win
  • keeping all players in the game up to the very end
  • luck

How many German board game titles are produced annually?

  • 100
  • 300
  • 600

How many Carcassonne games were sold in the United Kingdom in 2008?

  • 5,000
  • 12,000
  • 11 million

What's something that studies have NOT found board games useful for?

  • passing on cultural traditions
  • mirroring the values of a particular culture
  • creating lifelong friendships

What makes up a turn in Carcassonne?

  • roll the dice and move your meeple
  • pick a tile and decide whether you want it or whether you want to steal someone else's
  • pick a tile, lay it down and strategize whether a follower is needed

What makes a road complete in the game?

  • it ends at a city or cloister
  • it ends at an intersection or closes a loop on itself
  • Either of the above.

When does a city earn you points?

  • when it's a complete city
  • when it's an incomplete city
  • Both of the above.

What feature is ONLY scored when the last tile is laid?

  • cloisters
  • farms
  • roads

Your cloister needs to be completed! How are you going to do that?

  • put a meeple on it
  • Cloisters can't be completed until the end of the game.
  • surround the cloister with eight tiles

Which two factors must you keep in mind during a game of Carcassonne?

  • speed and accuracy
  • manipulation and deceit
  • end game points and points accumulated as the game progresses

What features, left incomplete, earn you points at the end of the game?

  • cloisters and farms
  • cities and farms
  • cloisters, roads and cities

You're a Carcassonne genius and master. Where are you going to show your mettle?

  • on the playground with your 15-year-old friends
  • the Carcassonne World Championships in Germany
  • There is no international tournament for Carcassonne prodigies.

So you've conquered basic Carcassonne. What's next?

  • buy an expansion pack, go online or purchase the Carcassonne video game
  • Too bad -- the original Carcassonne board game is the end of the meeple-less road.
  • write to the designer of Carcassonne, and he'll send you a new game

Is an expansion just a stand-alone game to Carcassonne?

  • nope
  • yep
  • "Expansion" is just a sneaky way of saying the game is an unauthorized and generic version of Carcassonne.

How long does Carcassonne take to play?

  • four days, give or take bathroom breaks
  • a half hour
  • It depends, but a basic game takes about an hour.