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Posted on Friday, June 4th, 2010

Dave!When I was visiting my sister for a (very) belated birthday celebration this past weekend, I somehow left my car's passenger window part-way down (I don't remember ever lowering it, but whatever). Of course it then decided to rain all night long. By the time I was told about my error the next morning, the floor was all squishy with water. I soaked up as much as I could, then drove back home where the warmer weather managed to dry things out nicely.

Until this morning, when a bottle of Coke got knocked on the passenger floor, which meant I had to once again flood everything with water in an effort to get the syrupy mess out of the carpet.

Can't. Catch. A. Break.

Tonight I'm going to try to get more than four hours sleep and see if that can prevent any further Coke-related accidents in my car. If I have to soak the floor one more time, the carpet is probably going to disintegrate.

Much like the little boy in this statue I photographed in Brooklyn a few weeks ago...

Carcassonne Solitaire

I know. I know. The artist intended to show the kid nuzzled into the folds of the woman's tunic... but unless she's got a gaping hole in her torso AND is missing a good chunk along the left side of her body... OR the kid had half his face and body burned off in a nuclear accident... well... the boy is occupying the same space as the woman here. This means either they are merged like some kind of impossible Siamese twins... or they got fused in some freak teleporter accident like Jeff Goldblum did in The Fly.

No matter what the explanation, I am really creeped out by this statue. I mean, GAH!! THEY ARE TOTALLY MELTED TOGETHER OR SOMETHING!! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO NOTICES STUFF LIKE THIS?!?

Urgh. Must go to bed and try not to have nightmares of giant freaky mutant melty people.

   
But before I go...

Normally I would save something like this for Bullet Sunday, but I have no idea how long the half-price offer will last, so I'm compelled to add it today.

A really nice strategy game called "Carcassonne" has been converted to the iPhone and released today. The object of the game is to build a board out of tiles, and use your "Meeples" to claim castles, roads, fields, or cloisters. The strategy comes in when you try to figure out the best way to maximize points while keeping your opponents from doing the same. The original game looks like this...

Carcassonne Original Board Game
Photo by Elentin and taken from Wikipedia.

The iPhone version (created by TheCodingMonkeys) is just stunning, and looks like this...

Carcassonne for iPhone

Not only does it look gorgeous and fully-faithful to the original, but the developers went for broke by adding multiplayer via your choice of pass-and-play OR Bluetooth OR Wi-Fi OR email OR internet (with push notifications when it's your turn!). Don't have the number of players you like? Select one of the eight computer AI opponents of various skill levels! Not enough? They added a unique "Solitaire" mode with all-new game-play! Don't know how to play? There's a full manual PLUS a great tutorial complete with voice-over acting! STILL not enough? Carcassonne for iPhone also has in-game chat for network games, online and offline rankings, and a "Solitaire Game of the Week" with a best score competition!

In short, this is one of the best apps I've ever seen on my iPhone. Some people I know don't like Carcassonne, but most people seem to love it. If you love it or even think you'll love it, now is the time to act... it's currently on sale for $4.99! So get it now before they released the FREE iPad compatible version and jack the price up to $9.99! From what I've read, TheCodingMonkeys are planning on keeping the game fresh by adding some of the Carcassonne expansion sets for in-app purchase. You can't ask for more than that...

Carcassonne is Dave Approved!

If you'd like to see more, I've added more screen captures with my comments in an extended entry...

You can swipe around the play area, pinching and zooming as desired to see the board as needed...

Carcassonne Zoom In

Carcassonne Zoom Out

Create a FREE account to play online or offline...

Carcassonne Account Creation

Choose from Computer AI Players to build the game you want to play...

Carcassonne Players Select

Get your ranking adjustment and stats at the end of each game...

Carcassonne Stats and Ranking

Invite others to play via email...

Carcassonne Invitation

Easily manage multiple ongoing games and invitations...

Carcassonne Games

In-game chat and real-time play over the internet...

Carcassonne Internet Play
Look... I'm playing with myself!

Carcassonne can receive push notifications if you allow it. WARNING! You can never really be prepared for that first time your iPhone squawks "IT'S YOUR MOVE!" in the scariest raspy voice possible.

Don't have any friends available to play with, but want a human opponent? Carcassonne can find you one!

Carcassonne Game Finder

Play unique new "Solitaire Mode" and compete against others with the "Solitaire Game of the Week"...

Carcassonne Solitaire

Carcassonne Solitaire

Absolutely beautiful game. I can only hope that more classic board games are converted for iPhone/iTouch/iPad that are of this high quality and playability!

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Comments

  1. Neil T. says:

    Have you been to the actual Carcassonne in France? If not, I’d thoroughly recommend it as it’s a wonderfully preserved fortified hilltop city. Been there a couple of times!

  2. NYCWD says:

    Wow. That is such a fantastic translation of such a classic German style boardgame! The iPad is truly going to be the catalyst for the next gaming revolution.

    Of course, this does sadden me a bit because I know that this is yet another nail in the coffin of the brick and mortar havens I used to visit as a teenager through my late twenties.

    • Dave2 says:

      Your comment has me really conflicted.

      One one hand, I TOTALLY get what you’re saying. I started gaming with Dungeons and Dragons, and one of the best things about it was getting together with friends to play at the local geeky game and comic shop. Then I moved on to games like “Cosmic Encounter” and “Magic: The Gathering” which are even more socially interactive. These are not just games, but bonding experiences with your fellow humans. When you take away the physical presence of the game and (more importantly) the people to play on a computer or mobile phone (or whatever)… you’re pretty much killing the elements that made them so much fun to begin with.

      On the other hand, moving board games to the digital realm has made it possible for me to actually play board games again. No more driving three hours to Seattle because there aren’t any local gamers in my small town. No more working around friends’ schedules to come up with a time to play. No more lamenting my heavy travel schedule that keeps me away. Now the entire internet is my “gaming community”… location, time zones, schedules… none of it matters anymore. I can play wherever I am, and it’s just awe-inspiring amazing to me that the technology exists to play board games with friends half-way around the world just as easy as somebody across town.

      Still…

      It’s just not the same as sitting across from a person playing in person. The computer has become both a blessing and a barrier to board gaming, and I honestly don’t know what to think of it. If anything, playing Carcassonne on my phone has only made me want to play in person all the more.

  3. LeSombre says:

    I love Carcassonne! w00t!

    • Dave2 says:

      Then you will love, love, LOVE the iPhone version! Plays really nicely on the iPad as well… you can tell they’re very close to a combined release, because many of the elements are already at iPad resolution.

  4. I rarely spend that much on games (just because I’m broke-ass) but you’ve never steered me wrong, so I just purchased it. Thanks! I was recently hoping for another Dave-recommendation!

    And I’ve done that exact thing to my fucking car before. Beyond irritating. Hope it dries out quickly!

    • Dave2 says:

      I hope you enjoy it! The game itself is pretty deep, because there are so many different strategies to play. For new players, the iPhone version is incredible, because it helpfully marks all the spots on the board it’s possible to play. This makes it easy to try and figure out new plays you might have missed when playing the traditional boxed game version!

  5. Sybil Law says:

    You are NOT the only one – it completely creeps me out! But so do those old hieroglyphics of Egyptians and their weirdo feet going the same way!

  6. Hilly-Sue says:

    Is it strange that all I can think is, “Don’t blink!”?

  7. claire says:

    You are not the only one who notices oddities in art *and* blogs about them. I’m with you on the technical perspective side of things.

    Andrea Seigel regularly deconstructs images more from a “what the hell were they thinking?” perspective to humorous effect. The series of posts on the cemetery murals are well worth a read. They start here. She doesn’t blog often so it’s easy enough to skim through the past 2-3 pages of posts to see the other murals.

  8. Ren says:

    By your command, I have purchased Carcassonne. The picture of the actual board game looks familiar to me, but every time I try to remember playing I can only think of Settlers of Catan.

  9. whall says:

    So, two maids, a servant and a Dave2 walks into a bar…

    I have this brand new iPad sitting next to me. Are you saying I should get this game or something?

  10. Troy says:

    Apparently I should read my blog feeds in chronological order instead of reverse chronlogical order! Doh!

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