January 28, 2021 – It is only fitting that after two decades the a new Carcassonne 20th Anniversary Edition brings upgrades and nostalgia. Like all anniversary editions there are going to be some hefty component and art upgrades, but the most interesting thing here is the inclusion of “meeple stickers”. It is a well known story in the board game world that the word “Meeple”, the word most synonymous with board gaming, meaning my people was coined by someone originally playing Carcassonne. Them honoring that is great. These stickers are displayed in the photos below.
The release date on the publisher’s site is currently listed as May 28th, 2021.
Check out the product description from Hans im Glück:
To mark 20 years of the all-time classic Carcassonne, an anniversary edition of the winner of the Spiel des Jahres award of 2001 will be published in 2021. The premium box contains the base game, as well as the mini-expansions “the river” (with 5 brand new river tiles), “the abbot” and an “anniversary-mini-expansion” (consisting of 15 never-before-seen tiles).
All tiles are adorned with UV-print and detailed easter-eggs are a special asset for all fans. On top of it all, we gave also added Meeple costumes in sticker form, and improved the inlay as well as the rules. Nevertheless, all contents are completely compatible with the existing and future world of Carcassonne. The extraordinary look of the box makes it a great collectible and eyecatcher in every tabletop showcase. Yet, also newcomers to the world of Carcassonne will find their matchless and perfect access with this anniversary edition.
Carcassonne has players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads, etcetera. Then the player decides if they want to use their limited resources to claim it. For 2 – 5 players, games last about 40 minutes.