Alan Moon

Oh, and Italy too!

Race to the railway platform and cue up that Beatles’ song! Days of Wonder announced today a new map collection/expansion for its venerable ‘Ticket to Ride‘ franchise: ‘Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 7 – Japan!’

This new map collection comes with an over-sized double-sided board (the longest of all the map collections so far) on which players can construct their railways across the archipelago of Japan or the hills and valleys of Italy. Of course, each map comes with its twist off of the classic ‘Ticket to Ride’ rules, creating a unique experience!

On the Japan map, a cooperative element is introduced, bringing with it a new challenge for players. Certain routes are reserved only for high speed bullet trains, and once completed, ALL players may use them to help fulfill their destination tickets. However, the player who contributes the most to the construction of the bullet train routes receives a larger bonus at the game’s end.

Over on the Italy map, a new ferry type is available as well as the map being divided into regions. Players who connect to cities in each of the regions will score bonus points at the end of the game.

‘Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 7 – Japan’ is designed for 2-5 players and requires the trains and train car cards from either ‘Ticket to Ride’ or ‘Ticket to Ride: Europe‘ to play. In addition to the over-sized board, the expansion comes with 16 bullet train miniatures, separate 50+ destination card decks for the Japan and Italy maps, progression markers, 10 ferry cards, and rule books for each map.

This expansion will be available at this year’s Essen Spiel, after which it will be released first in Europe in November, followed by a North American release in January.

More information can be found here.

It’s been 15 years since Days of Wonder released Ticket to Ride by Alan R. Moon, winner of the 2004 Spiel des Jahres, and over the years the game has sold over 8 million copies and become a modern family board game shelf staple. On July 25th, Days of Wonder announced that they will be releasing Ticket to Ride: 15th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the game’s success.

The 15th Anniversary Edition will feature new exclusive sets of clear plastic trains, a 4-page retrospective booklet featuring the history and creation of the game, and a special box sleeve.

“Huge thanks to everyone who has played and enjoyed Ticket to Ride over the last 15 years,” says Alan Moon. “I can’t wait for you to see what’s coming next!”

Days of Wonder expects the game to be available August 9th in the U.S., and you can find their official site here.

We recently experienced how Ticket to Ride could be just as fun trimmed down via Ticket to Ride: New York. Well, on the heals of it’s success, Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride: London.

TTR: London will be a standalone game similar to it’s New York predecessor. It will be a bit bigger than the New York map and feature new bonuses to achieve.


In this fast-paced Ticket to Ride game, players race one another to claim the most important bus lines and complete their Destination Tickets, connecting Districts in the capital of the United Kingdom. The elegantly simple gameplay of this stand-alone version of Ticket to Ride is ideal for both beginners and seasoned players.

You can find out more by reading the official press release here.

Days of Wonder has announced plans to release Ticket to Ride: New York. The new release is a stand alone Ticket to Ride game and features a shortened version of the game using taxis instead of trains.

Welcome to the Big Apple! Enjoy the sights from Times Square to Brooklyn, and all over NYC. Admire the stunning view from the Empire State Building or take a walk through scenic Central Park!

Designed for 2 to 4 players, Ticket to Ride: New York features a much smaller map then previous Ticket to Ride games, and with fewer starting pieces the game will play in just 10 to 15 minutes.

The game features Alan Moon‘s familiar Ticket to Ride rules including scoring points for completed tickets and for connecting cities, with bonus points given for connecting popular tourist destinations. The game ends when one player has two or fewer taxis left in their supply. Starting with only 15 taxis at the beginning of the game, players will find themselves down to two and ending the game much sooner than in a traditional game of Ticket to Ride.

For players eager to prepare for their first game Days of Wonder has already released the rules. Players can also take a look and hear Tom’s thoughts on the game by checking out his video here.

The game will include:

  • One board map of New York City
  • 60 plastic taxis
  • 44 Transportation cards
  • 18 Destination Ticket cards
  • 1 rule leaflet
  • 1 score pad
  • One pencil

Ticket to Ride: New York will be released July 2018 in the U.S. exclusively through Target stores.

Ticket to Ride
Designed by Alan Moon, the original Ticket to Ride game was released in 2004 and is considered a staple entry point into the board gaming hobby. The game won the coveted Spiel des Jahres, along with many other awards including:

 

 

Ticket to Ride Designer Alan Moon appeared at the Dice Tower Live Show at GenCon 2017 to announce that the next Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 6 will explore France and the Old West.

Dive into thriving French culture during impressionism and the Industrial Revolution; street cafes, “Starry Night”, Paris Boulevards, and Notre-Dame. The French railroad system is a blank canvas just waiting for your masterful strokes. However, before you can start claiming routes, you’ll need to lay the track! Watch for your opponents, though, because they might claim the route you just spent so much time building… 

France

Ticket to Ride France takes players back to the era of impressionism and the Industrial Revolution. On this map no path is certain, as before claiming a route you first need to built the tracks and choose the colors that will be needed to actually claim the route with your trains. This mechanic is completely new to the Ticket to Ride franchise.

Ticket to Ride France follows the traditional choice of draw train cards, draw route cards or claim a route. In this expansion when a player draws train cards they also choose a route of track bed to add to the board. The board includes endless options for routes, but placing track bed for future routes will cut off many other route options other players may have wanted to lay beds for and the laid piece will also determine the color of the train cards that will be required for the route.

 

Old West

The flip-side of the map crosses the ocean to take players to the Old West for a map that holds up to 6 players. Each player will claim a home city their network will start from. The first route you claim must extend out from your starting city. All subsequent routes must also connect back to your home city or cities you have already built connections to. There will be no more reverse route building — you can never claim routes that aren’t already connected to your network.

Once a route card is completed a player can take one of the three city tokens they start with players can play two additional cards to claim the city.

After a player claims a route, they may place one of their city markers in either of the cities in the just completed route by playing a pair of cards of the same color (Locomotives can be used to replace one or both of these cards). Each city can only have one City Marker so two players cannot both con- trol the same city. Players will need to choose routes carefully, as every time a route is claimed that leads to a city controlled by one of their opponents the opponent will be the one to score the points.

What’s in the Box?

Volume 6 box contents include:

  • Maps of France and the Old West
  • 64 Track Pieces
  • A new set of trains
  • 18 Cities
  • Alvin the Alien Marker
  • Tickets & Rules for each Map

Rules are available now for both the France and Old West maps. The expansion will be available at Essen in late October and in early November in North America.

The Ticket to Ride Legacy
Released in 2004, Ticket to Ride is one of the biggest selling modern board game, and one with a rich legacy as an award winner. A select list of awards includes:

ticket to ride journey

Ticket to Ride by Alan R Moon from Days of Wonder has introduced a great many people to the hobby of board games. With Days of Wonder’s big announcement, a path has opened up for younger players in Ticket to Ride First Journey.

This shorter game, with a 15 – 30 minute play time, has simplified rules and shorter routes, marked with kid-friendly illustrations making finding your route easy for even the youngest players. When a player completes a route on a new version of the North America board, that player must slap the ticket down on the table, loudly announce “Ticket”, and draw a new ticket. This new mechanism alone is enough for my kids to want to play immediately.

For 2-4 players ages 6+, this is a great family-friendly introduction to the Ticket to Ride series. Sold exclusively at Target stores, expect to see this in America as early as July 31st.

Ticket to Ride First Journey includes:

  • Map of North American Train Routes
  • 80 Custom Plastic Trains (20/player)
  • 72 Train Cards
  • 32 Ticket Cards
  • 4 Coast-to-Coast Bonus Cards
  • 1 Golden Ticket

 

ticket to ride uk

Days of Wonder has opened up pre-orders for Ticket to Ride United Kingdom.  This expansion will contain maps for the United Kingdom and Pennsylvania and new rules. For the Pennsylvania map players will collect shares in a company for each route they claim, at the end of the game the player with the most shares in a each of the companies will receive bonus points. On the United Kingdom side of the board players will have to develop technologies to build longer train routes as well as ferries and routes in certain countries like Scotland and Wales.

You can pre-order directly from the Days of Wonder website here.

TICKET TO RIDE UK

Get ready for the newest installment from a true titan among train games! Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 5 will include a double sided map for the United Kingdom and Pennsylvania as well as new train card and stock share decks that will introduce players to exciting new economic and technological challenges. Ticket to Ride United Kingdom is designed for 2-4 players and is an expansion to the existing popular game series, so you will need one of the stand-alone Ticket to Ride games to be able to play.

TICKET TO RIDE MAPS

Curious to find out more? Check out the full press release below, or visit the Days of Wonder website here.

Days of Wonder announces new Ticket to Ride Map Collection Volume 5 – United
Kingdom Map Expansion
Also includes the Pennsylvania Map

Los Altos, CA; Paris, France – August 25, 2015.

Today, Days of Wonder announced the upcoming release of the 5th volume in the Ticket to Ride Map Collection – United Kingdom. With this new map designed for 2 to 4 players, players will need to develop their technologies to be able to extend their network over the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland during the 19th century. The double-sided map also features the board of Pennsylvania, a state full of railroad history where players will invest in railroad companies to achieve victory.
The United Kingdom map comes with a complete new Train cards deck including additionnal
Locomotives, and Technology cards such as the Mechanical Stoker or the Thermocompressor
that will allow players to develop their Technology level and build faster trains and claim long
routes. The Pennsylvania map comes with 60 “Stock Shares” cards representing the great
railroad companies of Pennsylvania. On this map, claiming a route also allows a player to invest
in a company – having a majority of shares in a given company allows to score extra bonus
points at game end.

“The new Technology system in Ticket to Ride United Kingdom is really challenging”, says
Adrien Martinot, General Manager at Days of Wonder. “You need Locomotives to buy
Technologies, but you also need them to claim vital routes on the map. Finding the proper
balance between your Technologies and the expansion of your railroad network is the key to
victory! On the Pennsylvania map, the challenge is different, but still, you’ll need to make sure to
make the best investments in order to win”.

Ticket to Ride United Kingdom includes a double-sided map: the United Kindom map is
designed for 2-4 players and includes 116 new Train cards, 57 UK Destination Tickets, and 47
Technology cards. The Pennsylvania map is designed for 2-5 players and includes 50 Tickets
and 60 “Stock Shares” cards. Both of these maps require the trains from either Ticket to Ride®
or Ticket to Ride® Europe.

Ticket to Ride United Kingdom makes its debut at the Essen Fair in Germany in October and will
be available in game stores in Europe shortly after. It will be available in the rest of the world in
November.

binfa

Ken Hodkinson, the inventor of the abstract strategy board game Bin’Fa, the Tao of War, announced today that a fourth version of the classic game has gone into production after 40 years in development.

The new version has many changes from those familiar with its previous small run incarnations, including the 1977 original Bin’Fa, Avalon Hill’s version, Hexagony, which was produced by Alan Moon, and the 2000 Seacoast Tube Edition.

binfa board

Continually tinkering, altering and adding rules based on play and reviewer commentary, the latest changes include the addition of the General, Vortexes that allow you to traverse the board in one move, rule changes governing the gathering of supplies, and the separation of the original hexagon shaped game board into six separate game board sections which offer almost limitless possibilities for new terrain each game.

Kicking the release off will be a Kickstarter campaign this November 4, 2014 designed to raise awareness within the gaming community, funds for production costs and sample demos for game clubs at Toy and Hobby Store across the United States.  In addition to some of the more regular types of rewards, Ken is offering the use of his San Diego house for the duration of Comic-Con next summer.

Bin’Fa The Tao of War will be officially launched at the March 2015 GAMA trade show in Las Vegas.  The first Bin’Fa tournament will be held at the Origins Game Show in Columbus, OH July 3-7, 2015.