From the review:
I’ve been an active member of the board gaming community for only a little over a year now, but in that relatively short amount of time, my love/obsession for the hobby (not to mention my game collection) has grown faster than I ever thought possible. Like many others, my introduction into the “modern” or “Euro” style of board gaming started with three of the most well-regarded “gateway” games: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne. Of those three games, Carcassonne is the one that I was immediately drawn to and has had the most impact on me. After learning the game myself, I couldn’t wait to teach it to family, friends, and strangers on the street (ok, maybe not that last one). In addition, the completionist in me just HAD to collect every expansion, promo, and stand alone game related to Carcassonne.