Carcassonne Farmer Scoring


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Edited September 12, 2003, to take into account information from Usenet thread about the second edition rules.

There have been three versions of the farmer scoring in the game Carcassonne. I've collected the different versions based on postings off Usenet.

Note that second and third edition scoring are the same except that in the second edition, a city scores at most once per player, but in the third edition, a city could score multiple times per player.

A field is a piece of grassland enclosed by road, city, river or non-existing tiles.

First Edition Scoring

If a farmer can walk along the field to a city, he is connected to it. It can be fifty tiles away, or on the same tile. As long as unbroken path goes to the city then he gets counted.

For each completed city, the player with the most farmers touching it gets four points. Tied players all get four points, each.

Note that two-tile cities are two points for a knight when completed.

Second Edition Scoring

Count the number of farmers in that field. The player with the most pawns inside the field will score for that field. If many players tie for majority of pawns, they all receive the full points.

A field will score 3 points for each completed city adjacent to the field. A city is adjacent to the field when part of the city walls are used to define the boundary of the field (i.e., next to the field).

A player can score for a single city one time, and only one time... no matter how many fields and farmers he has next to it.

Note that two-tile cities are two points for a knight when completed.

Third Edition Scoring

Count the number of farmers in that field. The player with the most pawns inside the field will score for that field. If many players tie for majority of pawns, they all receive the full points.

A field will score 3 points for each completed city adjacent to the field. A city is adjacent to the field when part of the city walls are used to define the boundary of the field (i.e., next to the field).

Each field is scored for itself. Therefore, a city may score more than once for a player.

Note that two-tile cities are four points for a knight when completed.

Third edition scoring is active by default at BrettSpielWelt.

Rio Grande Games Ruling

Jay Tummelson at Rio Grande Games sticks with the first edition scoring only. Here's his reasoning:

When I first learned of the changes proposed by Hans im Glück, I tested them
and found I (and my test groups) preferred the original. Therefore, I asked
Hans im Glück if I could keep mine and was told they were happy with both, but
were changing theirs as they felt the new rules were easier to understand.

Since most of my customers are unaware of German rule changes, I felt it was
best to keep the original as having two versions only adds confusion (as seem
by those of you who ARE aware of the German rules). 

My policy is to not make changes (I WILL make corrections when mistakes were
made in the original rules) when I simply reprint games.

Jay
Rio Grande Games

References

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