Visit the African wilderness in Carcassonne: Safari
October 22, 2018 - 1:10am
Z-Man Games announces a fresh new take on the classic Carcassonne game: Carcassonne: Safari. Instead of building the French countryside surrounding Carcassonne, players will build the wilderness of Africa with savannahs, bush, animal paths, baobab trees, and watering holes, all teaming with wildlife. The wildlife is key to scoring in Carcassonne: Safari. Unlike traditional Carcassonne, scored points are not based on size or length of a controlled area. Instead, scored points are based on the number of different animals in the scoring area. A safari is certainly more interesting with a larger variety of animals. Bonus points are scored for each bird in a scored area. Boabab trees, like the cloisters in the original Carcassonne game, need to be surrounded before being completed. However, boabab trees do not score any points. Instead, they provide the player controlling the baobab tree animal tokens when placed and additional animal tokens when completed. Players can use the animal tokens to increase the scoring of bushes and paths by discarding a token to increase the number of animal types scored in the area by one. Animal tokens can also be used to create watering holes. Every player can contribute to any watering hole by adding their animal token to the watering hole as long as it contains a different animal than one already there. Scoring encourages the completion of watering hole because each new tile placed to expand the watering hole scores an increasing number of points. Lastly, this game features two ranger vehicles that reside just adjacent to the safari tiles. Players may move the ranger vehicles as part of their move. Placing a tile beneath a ranger vehicle scores additional bonus points. Carcassonne: Safari is the fourth game in the Carcassonne Around the World series which already features Carcassonne: Amazonas, Carcassonne: Gold Rush, and Carcassonne: South Seas. Carcassonne: Safari is available for pre-order now and will be released in late 2018. Go to Z-Man Games to learn more about Carcassonne: Safari.