3 - Carcassonne
Carcassonne, named for the medieval town in the south of France, is a Tile Placement game 2 to 5 players. In the game, players draw and place tiles with a piece of the southern French landscape on it. This could include roads, a cloister, grassland or a combination of them. This design choice weighs in on the placement of the tiles, as cities must connect to cities and roads to roads, etc. Once placed, the player is then given the choice of what part of the tile, if any, to place their meeple on, claiming it for its points at the end of the game. This is where the strategic descion making comes into play, as players must weigh up whether it is beneficial for them to claim the space at that point or not.
Carcassonne can be played by 3 to 5 players with ease but its also a fantastic game to play with just the 2 of you. The quick nature of the turns make for an exciting back and fourth. But be warned, as is the case with many tile laying games, Carcassonne has the chance to get out of hand (or out of space) very fast, the game will need a table to accomodate the space these games take up, which means this isn't a simple coffee table style game. Some seem to believe that this game has been eclipsed by 2015's Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, however that game adds some unneeded complexity to a game that is already great.
If you and your partner are looking for a clever little game and enjoy the idea of seeign the board itslf slowly take shape infront of your eyes, check this one out!
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