Positioned along vital trade routes across southern France, the countryside surrounding the fortified city of Carcassonne is a hub of activity. Noble knights patrol the city streets keeping the peace as merchants peddle their wares in the market. Outside of town, robbers prey on unsuspecting travelers while monks and farmers live a seemingly idyllic life in the country.When it comes to Carcassonne expansions, the first two, Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders, are often regarded as essential inclusions. These were the first two expansions released and they set the standard for the excellence that would follow. These expansions add new strategic elements to the game’s simple formula, making either of them a great first step into the larger world of Carcassonne.