Carcassonne: Expansion #9 Hills & Sheep Board Game Expansion by Z-Man Games

Carcassonne: Expansion #9 Hills & Sheep Board Game Expansion by Z-Man Games

Grow your flock, gain the high ground with hills, and cultivate a profitable vineyard in the ninth expansion for Carcassonne.

This Expansion Works With:

Expansion Pack

Setup Time
10 Mins
Play Time
30-60 Mins
Players
2 to 6
Age Level
7 and Up
Our Reviews Expansions Guide
$19.00 USD
$19.00 USD
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Carcassonne - A Family Review

Are you looking for a cozy, family-friendly game where you build roads and towns in the French countryside? Oddly specific request, but hey, when you know what you want, you know what you want!

Carcassonne is a game that anybody can learn in a few turns. It takes up about the space a chessboard on the dining room table, so it’s a great game to play on family night or even pack up to take to a cabin. And it’s easy to have fun with—some people might puzzle their way into victory by filling all the unfinished areas and creating a pleasing picture. Other players will weigh the risks and rewards on each turn, carefully strategizing and relying on probability or the luck of the draw.

The coolest thing though? When you get that exact piece you need—whether it scores you 20 points or just fits in the right place—everybody around the table cheers. Or groans, if they needed that piece or space.

Even though it’s a competitive game, each player works together to build something that’s Instagram family game night worthy—a little world, and it’s really sweet when someone helps another player out by giving up a piece.

11yo: I liked the Cloisters.

The box says players should be eight or older, but we’ve found that if you’re helping them out, younger players can easily enjoy this alongside adults. Plus, adults can play it without the kids too—in fact, there’s a competitive scene for Carcassonne.

If your kids hit the age range of the box, they can probably teach themselves the game. Or you can play a few games together so they learn the ropes. After just a few turns, our 9yo and 11yo were pretty confident. They weren’t super strategic yet, but that comes with practice.

9yo: It was great—from a tiny block to an entire country. I love it.

Carcassonne is a fantastic board game that anyone from four to forever can enjoy. It’s got a ton of expansions for people who want to customize their game experience with additional tiles and more complex rules, but out of the box, it’s still a wonderful game to play in an hour.

One final note—be prepared for towers of meeple cheerleaders. But really, who doesn’t enjoy stacking little wooden people?

Helpful Hints

  • Play with the River expansion. It’s optional, but it makes the first few rounds more comfortable.
  • Want a friendlier game with more relaxed point scoring? Don’t use the “Farmers” rules.

Description

BUILD HILLS AND CULTIVATE VINEYARDS

Get a better view with the hills and gain the advantage from the high ground. Hill tiles are elevated with another tile facedown beneath them. When scoring, the meeple on the hill will break a tie and claim the points. Add thriving vineyards to grow wine around a monastery and increase its value. Watch out for sabotage from your opponents! Only a completed monastery can claim the bonus points from the vineyards.

 

INCREASE YOUR FLOCK

The shepherd carefully watches over his flock as they wander through the fields. Over time the flock can grow but be careful; if you wait too long to return your flock to the stable, wolves may attack. After placing a tile with a field, you may place a shepherd and immediately draw a token from the cloth bag. Drawing a sheep token will increase your flock. However, if you draw a wolf token the flock will scatter.

Expansions Buyers Guide

Each Carcassonne expansion is designed to seamlessly integrate with the base game, allowing you to mix and match expansions according to your preferences.

Expanding your Carcassonne board game collection can enhance your gaming experience by introducing new elements and strategies. This buyer's guide will help you understand how each expansion is compatible with the base game and other expansions.

Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals (Expansion 1):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Adds larger followers and a few new tiles to the base game.

Carcassonne: Traders & Builders (Expansion 2):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Introduces trade goods, a builder follower, and new tiles for added complexity.

Carcassonne: The Princess & The Dragon (Expansion 3):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Adds a dragon that destroys followers, a fairy that protects them, and special tiles.

Carcassonne: The Tower (Expansion 4):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Allows players to build towers and imprison opponents' followers, adding a tactical element.

Carcassonne: Abbey & Mayor (Expansion 5):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Introduces abbey tiles and mayors, altering strategies related to fields and cities.

Carcassonne: Count, King & Robber (Expansion 6):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Adds new followers, king and robber tokens, and a king's favor mechanic for competitive play.

Carcassonne: The Catapult (Expansion 7):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Adds a catapult that is used in special Fair tile events, seduction tokens, target tokens, catch tokens

Carcassonne: Bridges, Castles & Bazaars (Expansion 8):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Introduces bridges for road crossings, castles for unique cities, and a bazaar for tile trading.

Carcassonne: Hills & Sheep (Expansion 9):

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Incorporates sheep herding and grazing for extra points, changing how you approach fields.

Carcassonne: Under the Big Top (Expansion 10): 

  • Compatible with the base game.
  • Enhancements: Introduces circus tents and acrobats, making cities and fields more dynamic.

You can combine different expansions to create a unique gaming experience, tailoring it to the complexity and thematic elements that suit your group's style. Whether you're a seasoned Carcassonne player or just starting, these expansions offer diverse options to enrich your gameplay.

What's in the Box

  • Rulebook
  • 18 Land Tiles
  • 18 Flock Tokens
  • 1 Cloth Bag
  • 6 Shepherds

Customer Reviews

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Fastest shipping ever

I placed the order on November 15 and was delivered in Calgary the next day. The 3 games were well protected with kraft paper and air pillows.

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