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Z-Man Games Posts Carcassonne Safari Preview

If you're tired of being in the bustling streets and dark alleys of Carcassonne, you can soon take an adventure out to the wide open spaces of Africa. Z-Man Games is coming out with Carcassonne Safari, that takes players on a hunt to spot all the majestic creatures of that continent. In this preview, we get a look at how the game works, including scoring different tiles.

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The African plains are full of many different wild animals. From monkeys to elephants and zebras to giraffes, you’ll discover a variety of species as you explore the landscape. Blaze new trails through the savanna, spotting these majestic creatures.

After placing a tile with an animal trail, you may place one of your meeples on that animal trail if no other meeple are present. An animal trail is completed when both ends are closed. The trail can end in the savanna, the bush, or if it loops back onto itself by connecting to the other end. When the trail is completed, it is scored.

While adventuring across the trails, you want to see a variety of animals. Points for the animal trails are based on the number of different animals present. Here the blue player places a tile that closes the animal trail. Even though another player placed the tile that completed it, the red player will score points because their meeple is on the trail and they spotted the animals. Since there are three different animals on the trail (the giraffe, monkey, and elephant), the red player scores 6 points.