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Today we will be reviewing My First Carcassonne by Zman Games. This is a very popular title designed by Marco Teubner and released in 2009.
From the Publisher
Number of players: 2-4
Game time: 20+ Minutes
Age Group: 4+
The streets of Carcassonne are filled with kids who are trying to catch the animals set loose for the festival. The city has never been so alive! This version of the modern classic, Carcassonne, has been adapted to allow players of all ages to play together. No need to count points! Each turn, you place a tile to build Carcassonne. When you close a street with one or more kids of your color, you get to put your pawns on the board. Be the first to place all of your pawns to win the game!
My First Carcassonne is a simple tile laying game that is scored using meeples. Basically each player gets to pull a tile from the stack and place it against any other tile already in play. The tiles have paths on them as well as children wearing either green, yellow, red, or blue clothing. When a player places a tile that ends a path, every player that has a child on that path gets to put a meeple on top of it. The first player to place all of their meeples wins.
My First Carcassonne is the first “real” game we purchased with the girls in mind. Since purchasing, it has saved me from countless games of Candy Land and Sophia the First Surprise Slides. It has become a favorite in our household specifically because it is something we can all play and enjoy without having to do too much in the way of hand holding with the nerdettes. Both girls understand the game mechanic and are able to make their decisions with a very minimum of suggestions from mom and dad.
Nerdette the Elder has fully embraced the game and plays to win. She loves it when she can beat Dad all by herself. Nerdette the Younger, however, still doesn’t quite grasp the idea of competition. She enjoys “helping” everyone else, but she really does not like losing. As a result, we try to make sure that anything she does to help someone else also helps herself in some way. We also have to sometimes keep them on task as stacking meeples in “cheerleader” towers is fun in and of itself. We have yet to have the advertised 20 minute game. Most games run about 30-45 minutes
The game itself plays equally well with 2, 3, or 4 players but I would not suggest it with an adult only crowd or even older kids as the game play is quite simple. Overall I would suggest this for any family that includes children age 6 and under.
Nerdette the Elder’s Review
Do you like My First Carcassonne?: Yes
What do you like about it?: I like placing the tiles and getting to put down meeples.
What don’t you like about it?: I don’t like it when I am not the blue player.
Who would you recommend it to: Everybody
Nerdette the Elder’s Rating
Nerdette the Younger’s Review
Do you like My First Carcassonne?:Yes
What do you like about it?:I like putting on meeples and tiles and being the winner.
What don’t you like about it?: Being the loser and not putting meeples.
Who would you recommend it to?: I don’t know
Nerdette the Younger’s Rating