Z-Man Games has announced plans to release an updated version of the The Count, King and Robber expansion for Carcassonne. Originally released in 2007, the new edition of this expansion will feature artwork compatible with the artwork that was updated in the 2014 edition of Carcassonne. The 6th Carcassonne expansion is scheduled for a May 2018 release.

New characters and starting points provide a fresh start for the classic tile-laying game. Choose to begin your adventure with the grand city itself, Carcassonne. Or wander along the edges of a new, winding river. Combine the new river tiles with those from the base game for a more complex river design.

The Count, King and Robber expand the world of Carcassonne with three new characters manipulating the game and how points are scored. The king tile will grant bonus points to whoever holds control of the largest city. Players seeking to explore distant parts of the Carcassonne kingdom will be rewarded for clan,ing bonus points for controlling the longest road with the robber.

The Count controls a new city in Carcassonne which contains for districts: the castle, market, cathedral, and blacksmith. The count will start in the castle but by adding a follower to the city players can move the count to new districts. The count’s location can free trapped followers while also blocking other followers from moving.

Heretics introduce a new mechanic to the game. Players will be able to build shrines to disrupt a monetary. If a shrine is placed next to an occupied monastery a challenge will occur. Players will need to race to complete their feature to be the one scoring points.

The River II adds twelve tiles with river features on each tile. The river tiles are placed first to create a variable starting setup to the game, after which the game continues as normal.

Previous small expansions

Before being released in 2007 as a box set, the expansions included in this collection were only available as small stand alone expansions. Both the 2007 and 2018 versions of The King, Count, and Robber include the following small expansions:

About Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a tile-placement game, designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, in which players take turns drawing and placing tiles to build the French world of Carcassonne. Each basic tile can include features from a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and the tile needs to be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played. Once a tile has been placed, the player then decides whether or not to place one of their meeples on one of the areas represented on it: on the city as a knight, on the road as a robber, on a cloister as a monk, or on the grass as a farmer. When that area the meeple is on is complete, that meeple scores points for its owner.

Carcassonne won multiple awards in 2001, including the coveted 2001 Spiel des Jahres.

Jellybean Shirts has started a Kickstarter Campaign for some great board game related T-Shirts, with three shirts in the initial offering. Shirt: The Game has a collage of many board game related icons, which you can challenge your game geeks to identify. The Settlers Of Cat shows that all too familiar image of a cat sitting in the box lid for CATan during play. Finally, The Meeple’s Republic has a great soviet themed “Sieze the Means of Placement” meeple design. Several add-ons and stretch goals are available, including an option to custom insert your own pet into the Settlers of Cat T-Shirt.

The Kickstarter for Jellybean Shirts continues through June 2, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.

Meeplesource has started their third Kickstarter Campaign, offering a gorgeous collection of printed wooden upgrades to many popular and new board games. Highlighting the offerings are large 32mm custom meeples for the highly anticipated upcoming legacy city building game Charterstone. Ink and Remover tokens for the upcoming Hardback are present. The classics are supported with custom bits for Carcassonne and its many expansions, as well as new printed meeples for Catan. Red Raven Games are being well represented in this Kickstarter with upgrade kits for Islebound,  Above and Below, and the upcoming Empires of the Void II, each keeping Ryan Laukat’s unique art style. New Colt Express and Camel Up wooden bits are also being offered.

Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here, which will continue through June 1. The items are expected to deliver October 2017.

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Previously we reported on how Cryptozoic is releasing a meeples line based on superheroes and other IPs, and this is another addition to that line.  Just announced was the next collectors tin to be released of the mighty meeples line, and that is the Batman Rogues Gallery.  This Batman shaped tin will contain the 7 most iconic Batman villains; The Joker, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and the Penguin.  The release of this set is still quite a ways off with a February 2017 release, but you will be able to find these characters in the booster packs being released next month.  So you might get lucky and get a full villain set before the release of the tin.

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When you think custom meeples you most likely think of Meeple Source. Cryptozoic, however, is utilizing the licenses they have to create their own line of custom meeples and their first releases are slated for September of this year.  First are a slew of DC Comics characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luther, and Poison Ivy (a total of 24 different characters randomly sorted out in booster pack style).
Additionally they are releasing a collector’s tin of  Ecto-1 containing all four Ghostbusters, Slimer and an extra large Marshmallow Man – all as meeples.
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Finally, in December, they will release a collector’s tin for the DC Comics set that will be shaped like the Hall of Justice and contain the seven original members of the Justice League in meeple form.
You can read more on the GTS Distribution website for the DC comics boosters here, the Ecto-1 tin here, and the Hall of Justice tin here.

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Poker meets worker placement in this artfully crafted 30 minute board game for 2 to 4 players. TINY box, EPIC gameplay, EVERY TIME!

Gamelyn Games is well known for their “Tiny Epic” series of games, including Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Defenders, and most recently Tiny Epic Galaxies.  As of Monday, January 11, 2016, the Kickstarter project for the latest addition to the series, Tiny Epic Western, has begun.

In the game, players each have a “Boss” card on which they keep track of their posse members and influence.  As the Boss, each player will send his or her posse around the town, playing poker, gaining influence, and purchasing buildings.  Utilizing a combination of poker and a worker-placement mechanism, players will place their posse members in different buildings to take a variety of actions to accomplish the above goals.

Each time a player sends a posse member to a location, a poker hand is played.  Winning will award the player the “poker pot” and any extra influence from a “double down” spot. Players will need this influence for acquiring buildings later on in the round.  The Sheriff’s Office is a unique location offering players the ability to change the value or suit of their poker card. It also offers a way to acquire an extra building each round and activate players’ 3rd posse member.  When another player’s posse member is in the way of another player’s, the other player may send in his or her posse member for a duel to try and take the spot.  A “WANTED” card is dealt to the winner of the last duel.

After locations and placement of posse members have been resolved, players may spend their Influence to purchase one building occupied by one of their posse members.  Buildings offer victory points, abilities, and industry influence.

At the end of each round, the player who had the best poker hand at the Town Hall advances one of three industries forward in their rank.  The game ends after six rounds (bullets in a revolver) and the player with the most victory points is the winner.

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One copy of Tiny Epic Western includes:

  • 1 Box
  • 1 Rulebook
  • 12 Meeples
  • 1 Poker Chip
  • 2 Bullet Dice
  • 3 Industry Tokens
  • 12 Influence Tokens
  • 1 Wanted Card
  • 20-Card Poker Deck
  • 24 Building Cards
  • 4 Boss Cards (Player Cards)
  • 6 Location Cards

The Deluxe version of the game includes Kickstarter exclusive material:

  • 2 Unique Boss Cards
  • 2 Additional Bullet Dice

Tiny Epic Western is a game for 2-4 players ages 14 and up and plays in 30-45 minutes.  As of the fourth hour of the project, it has funded at 408% of it’s target pledge goal.  The Kickstarter will fund on February 6, 2016.  For more information on the project, visit the Kickstarter page here.


Have you ever wished you could carry your meeples around with you all the time and hug them? I’ve thought about it a few times, so I was super excited to see this Kickstarter for new plush meeples called Meepillows.

Meepillows are exactly what they sound like – a mix between meeples and pillows. Top Shelf Fun is a new company created to bring awesome board game products to life, and Meepillows are their first product.

A Meepillow is 15 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and 6 inches thick. Currently, they come in 6 colors – red, blue, green, purple, yellow, and black. Top Shelf Fun plans to make more colors after the Kickstarter run (orange is a crowd favorite), but currently you can only choose from those six.

Check out the Meepillows Kickstarter here for more information. Personally, I’m hoping for some stuffed animeeples soon…

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The folks over at Boards and Barley have posted a series of articles for aspiring game designers about where to find good components for all your prototype needs. You can check out their recommendations for a game design starter kit, with materials sourced from both Amazon and EAI Education, and if you’re interested look up their more in depth articles on how to find cards, meeples, chits and dice.

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One of the barriers to game design is a lack of components. If you had blank cards sitting around, you would be more likely to start designing a card game. If you had some dice, you might design a dice game. The point is that if you had game design components available to you, then you are much more likely to move your game designs from the Concept phase to the Prototype/Playtesting phase.

Today I am listing some of the items that I find most useful in putting together a prototype. The hope is that you can find what you need to move your game design along.

To read the entire article, you can visit Boards & Barley here.

character meeples

Meeple Source currently has a Kickstarter for 23 custom character meeples designed to be used with Scott Almes’ (Kings of Air and Steam, Martian Dice) recently funded Kickstarter micro-game Tiny Epic Defenders from Gamelyn Games.

For people who follow board game releases on Kickstarter, this new campaign may sound like déjà vu. Back in March, Meeple Source had a Kickstarter campaign where you could buy custom character meeples for game like the then-recently-Kickstarter-funded micro-game Scott Almes’ Tiny Epic Kingdoms.

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Tiny Epic Defenders is a cooperative micro-game where 1 to 4 players work together to defend their capital city from waves of enemies. Every round, players flip cards from a deck that allows either the players or the horde of monsters to attack. After the entire horde is defeated, players must take down the “Epic Foe” to win. Detailed rules for the game can be found online.

Tiny Epic Defenders is due to release in March 2015. The Kickstarter for the character meeples ends this Sunday, and should be delivered in February 2015.

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Upgrade your board games by replacing boring pawns with amazing Character Meeples! Meeple Source is crowdfunding 50+ new character meeple designs to choose from. From the Meeple Source Kickstarter:

We started making full-color, detailed Character Meeples in 2011.  While our current product line has slowly grown to include more than 30 Character Meeples, we have received tons of requests for more!  Rather than releasing only a few of the ideas at a time, slowly over the course of the next few years, we want to work together with you, our backers, to make 50, 60, 70, or even more characters available right away!

Meeple Source Character Meeples will be available on Kickstarter until March 16, 2014. A pledge of $10 will get you a set of 8 meeples of your favorite character.