ThemeAddict: Carcassonne

Remember back in college when half of your friends opted to study abroad during the summer while you just watched Netflix? This won’t replace your dreams of being a European backpacker, but at least you don’t have to leave your apartment…right? Carcassonne, produced by @Zmangames_ ‏, is a tile-placement game which lets players explore the southeast region of France of the same name.

After traveling down winding roads, passing by ‘cloisters’, and exploring half-built castles, players may experience some the following:

  • Standing in the middle of road and being extremely territorial about it
  • Laying in any open-grass field, on your left side, like one of your french girls, Jack
  • Bumping into your friends at the intersection of hallways… maybe on purpose
  • Encountering back-to-back-to-back forks in the road

Need more? Check out the definitive list of food, drink, and music to feature while playing Carcassonne.


  • French bread (freshly baked of course) with a small pat of locally churned butter
  • Any wine with the name “Château” in the name
  • “CWAUSS-onts”
  • Foie gras, eaten with a striped shirt, red scarf, and beret


Specialty Cocktail: The Faux Sommelier*

  • 1 bottle of the driest red wine you can stand
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced

Put all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a simmer (do not let boil) on low heat. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes allowing ingredients to combine, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

*If you go full farmer strategy you can only drink beer



RDG’s Carcassonne Playlist will provide you all of the audio you need to provide your friends with a fully immersive south-of-France themed atmosphere to play Carcassonne in!

Feel like you need more before your next game?

Movies and TV to Watch

  • Ratatouille
  • Les Misérables if you’re one of the 12 Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe superfans who also loves musicals
  • Amélie for the super romanticist inside you

Other Games to Play

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