The Starting Region is the tile or tiles laid down at the beginning of the game that standard tiles are later connected to. These usually have a dark back. The Core Game starts with a tile consisting of a city segment on one edge, a field on the opposite edge and a road dividing them. The River and The River II expansions give an alternate starting region, where 12 tiles are linked together starting with a spring, and following a river to end at a lake. Many of these tiles contain roads, city segments and cloisters in addition to the water. The water ends farms. The Count of Carcassonne expansion has a 3 X 4 tile rectangular City with roads and small cities coming off it. It can be used in conjunction with the river. The Wheel of Fortune expansion has a 4 X 4 starting tile with the Wheel on it and several roads, cities, and farms extending off of it.