Meeples wobble, but they don't
A clever tile-laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne
is famous for it's unique Roman and medieval fortifications.
The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their
followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters and in
the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will
determine who is victorious. Carcassonne is considered
one of the "gateway" games that opens the world of
boardgames to many new players and spawns many sequels and imitators.
Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are frequently
cited as the others in the Euro genre.
The big news in 2008 is another major change in format. The
triple digit fields of the past were compiled from four heats
of multi-player games. The change in 2007 to a continuous format,
single elimination, two-player event cut the field in half. One
might well wonder why mess with a format which has consistently
yielded among the largest fields at WBC?
Originally, the plan was to hold this event in conjunction
with the Carcassonne World Championship qualifier that
Rio Grande is planning. The winner was to get an XBOX 360 and
play other champions via XBOX live with the final winner getting
a trip to Essen as the USA representative to the World Championship.
The World Qualifier is run as a single elim, two-player game
so we are adopting that format to remain in position as an official
qualifying site for the World championship. Alas, problems co-ordinating
all of this with Microsoft have let it in doubt at presstime,
so we cannot state whethert his will happen or not, but we will
nonetheless keep the format in place in case it does. It is also
nice to have another major Euro event which can be played to
conclusion in one day on the final weekend of WBC. It makes up
to some degree for all the events which have been missed by weekend
This year we've amended the format to a hybrid of multi-player
games in the first round advancing 16 winners to single elimination