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Days of Wonder

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Days of Wonder announced that their incredibly popular digital version of Ticket to Ride has been overhauled from the ground up to accommodate a mess of features. The new version is a free update to everyone who has bought the digital game before, or available on IOS, Android, and Steam.

“In addition to the exciting cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer mode, players will enjoy an intuitive user interface, new social media capabilities to share exciting moments, and fresh content such as the Indian map, the first vertical map to be available on Ticket to Ride digital.”

As a fan of Ticket to Ride and it’s digital installment, this is very good news – It is evidence that refinement of the game has not been neglected. With asynchronous multiplayer, sharing a game with friends from incredible distances or varying degrees of involvement is much more pleasant and reinforces casual play. The user interface now adapts to orientation and personal preference better, which is essential nowadays with how fast we juggle mobile devices. Plus, there’s more maps, and anyone who loves Ticket to Ride, physical or digital, always welcomes more maps. Overall, good stuff!

So if you don’t already own the game, I do recommend it if you’re a fan of the franchise, and it’s available on pretty much everything and even better than before.

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.


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.


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

international game award

The 2015 International Gamers Award nominees for general strategy games released between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 have been announced. The nominees are grouped in two categories—multiplayer and two-player games.

The multiplayer nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Aquasphere Stefan Feld Tasty Minstrel Games/Quined Games
Deus Sebastien Dujardin Pearl Games/Asmodee
Elysium Matthew Dunstan and Brett Gilbert Space Cowboys/Rebel pl./Asmodee
Five Tribes Bruno Cathala Days of Wonder
Hyperborea Andrea Chiarvesio and Pierluca Zizzi Asmodee/Asterio Press
Kraftwagen Matthias Cramer ADC Blackfire Entertainment
La Granja Michael Keller and Andrea Odendahl PD Verlag/999 Games/Stronghold Games
Orleans Reiner Stockhausen Dlp Games/Tasty Minstrel Games
Panamax Gil d’Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade HC Distribuzione/Stronghold Games
Quartermaster General Ian Brody Griggling Games
Roll for the Galaxy Wei-Hwa Huang and Thomas Lehmann Rio Grande Games
Voyages of Marco Polo Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini Hans im Gluck/Z-man Games


The two-player nominees are:

Game Designer Publisher
Baseball Highlights 2045 Mike Fitzgerald Eagle/Gryphon Games
Fields of Arle Uwe Rosenberg Feuerland Spiele/Z-man Games
Patchwork Uwe Rosenberg Lookout Games/Mayfair Games
Star Realms Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle White Wizard Games
Star Wars Armada James Kniffen and Christian T. Petersen Fantasy Flight Games
Wir Sind das Volk Richard Sivel and Peer Sylvester Histogame

For more details on the nominated games, and on the nomination committee members please go to the International Gamers Awards website here.

Board Game Geek has reported that Asmodee has acquired the worldwide publishing, commercial and brand rights to the popular game Spot It!  They have been releasing the game under it’s original name Dobble since 2010 and will now have worldwide ownership of the game. With their prior acquisition of Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight Games Asmodee is certainly making a large presence in the board game community. You can read the full article on BoardGameGeek.com here.

Days of Wonder has announced that the Designer Edition of their hit game Small World will be available in limited amounts to everyone on June 9th. Small World is an area control game that takes fantasy races mixes them with unique special powers in a way that you are never guaranteed the same power with a specific race each time. Players try to control as many territories on a small map with their race/power combo until they decide to send their race into decline and start again with a new combination. You can only have one active race and one in decline on the board at a time and you will score points for every area you control at the end of your turn. It’s quite fun to play and one of the rare games that is easy to introduce to new gamers as well as providing enough strategy and depth for gamers to enjoy.

Small World Designer Edition was an add on in a Kickstarter for the digital edition of Small World. It takes the already high quality components that Days of Wonder is known for and brings them to a level that very few games achieve.

The Small World Designer Edition includes deluxe wooden tokens covering all races from the base game and the Cursed!,Grand Dames, Be Not Afraid and Royal Bonus expansions, plus Race banners and Special Powers banners that are all heat-printed on wood. The victory points are custom metal coins that vary in shape and size depending on their value, and are stored in little leather purses to hide your fortune from your opponents. The Designer Edition also includes three super-sized boards for 2-3, 4-5 and 6 players, as well as numerous custom finely-sculpted resin figures for game elements such as the Dragon, Heroes, Pots of Gold, Fireballs, Catapult, etc. Last but not least, it also includes the famous “Pocket Encyclopedia” of Small World from the Kickstarter Campaign.

The components all come in a beautiful wooden box and in total is said to weigh approx. 50 lbs. Tom Vasal has a video review here where you can see the game in all it’s glory. Honestly even if you have no interest in attempting to purchase a copy it’s worth watching the video just to see the final product.

Speaking of attempting to purchase the game will in a very limited release and Days of Wonder recommends if you are interested in buying a copy you should place an order as soon as possible after it goes on sale.

On June 9, 2015, on 3 pm GMT(8 am PDT) we will open the orders for the Designer Edition of Small World. We anticipate a high amount of orders, and we must remind you that our stocks are limited. So, make sure to place your order as soon as possible on June 9! Please also note that the offer is limited to one copy per person; you cannot order several copies of the Designer Edition.

If you want a copy of the game and you don’t manage to grab a one of the limited Designer Editions or don’t want to pay the hefty (but very fair) price you should head over to your favorite FLGS/OLGS and get yourself a copy of Small World.

ve day

With the passing of the 70th anniversary of VE Day May 8th Days of Wonder is releasing 4 new scenarios to let you play out some of the final epic push by the allies from the east and west to subdue the German Wehrmarcht.  These include “Hatten & Rittershofen”, “Reichswald & Nutterden”, “Hitdorf”, and “Seelow Heights”.

These battles while at the end of the war were still bitterly fought for your not truly out til your out.  These scenarios will be available to download from DoW’s website, through their store (free plus S&H), and at conventions.

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Publishers description below

On May 8, 1945, after 6 years of war, the German Wehrmacht surrendered to the Allies in Berlin. War in Europe was finally over. 1945, however, saw the final throes of a powerful military; as the American and British forces pushed forward on the western front, Soviet forces advanced tirelessly from the east, closing in on Berlin. Struggling to defend their homeland, German soldiers proved to be fierce warriors, even when outnumbered or encircled. The war would not end as easily as expected.

Now, 70 years after the end of the war in Europe, Richard Borg & the Days of Wonder Team are happy to offer you four new scenarios to commemorate the last battles of 1945. Relieve the men of the 79th US Infantry trapped in the two encircled towns of Hatten & Rittershof; take command of the 44th British Brigade and its flamethrower tanks during Operation Veritable; cross the Rhine with the men of the “All American” 82nd Airborne; or gather your friends to assault – or defend – the infamous Seelow Heights, last line of defense before Berlin, in a massive Overlord battle.

queens necklace

CoolMiniOrNot and Spaghetti Western have announced they are teaming up to reprint Queen’s Necklace from designers Bruno Cathala and Bruno Faidutti. Queen’s Necklace, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s novel of the same name, was originally printed by Days of Wonder in 2003 and combines set collection, bluffing, and wagering.

Queen’s Necklace is a game of gem-selling, influence, and intrigue at the Court. Two to four players compete in the role of Royal Jeweler to sell rare jewels to the Queen and her court.

Jeweler’s loupe in hand, you must decide how best to spend your hard-earned ducats: on the acquisition of beautiful gems (diamonds, emeralds, and rubies); or to buy the favors of the various court followers. After three years of craftsmanship, the jeweler who sells the most precious gems and builds the largest fortune will receive the coveted title of King’s Jeweler and a place at the Court!

The reprint will include new art by Denis Zilber and an updated rule book combining all the changes and revisions for the game as well as clarifications that currently exist only in digital FAQs. It is expected to be out in September 2015.

Spaghetti Western and CoolMiniOrNot have teamed up in the past to bring us great games like Arcadia Quest, Kaosball, and Dogs of War so it’s a good bet that this will be an exceptional reprint of an already great game. Be sure to look for it at your FLGS/OLGS.


Days of Wonder announced an upcoming expansion to the hit game Five Tribes coming to GenCon this summer! From designer Bruno Cathala, artwork by Clément Masson, and titled ‘The Artisans of Naqala‘ the expansion will bring Artisans to the game who will help players craft magical and precious items. Some of these items will unlock special powers and others will provide Victory points.

They say that in the very heart of the mountains of the Sultanate of Naqala, there lives a Tribe that rarely appears in the bazaars and markets in town.

They call themselves the Artisans, and work day and night crafting precious items, inlaid with rare gems.

Some travellers claim that the Artisans are able to craft unique artifacts, filled with magic and mystery…

artisans cards

The Artisans will be represented by purple meeples and the expansion will also feature new Djinns and new tiles: Workshops (where Artisans Craft their items), Specialized Markets (where players can buy specific merchandise), an impassable Chasm, and Mountain markers. The entire contents of the expansion will be:

  • 6 Tiles (3 Workshops, 2 Specialized Markets, & 1 Chasm)
  • 15 Wooden Meeples
  • 4 Tents
  • 18 Item Markers
  • 6 Mountains
  • 4 Djinn cards (2 new, 2 revised)
  • 1 New Scoring Pad
  • 4 Summary Sheets
  • 1 Rule Booklet


Five Tribes was a big hit at GenCon last year, is nominated for a 2014 Dice Tower Award, and won the Golden Geek award for Best Strategy Game 2014. With the original designer and artist back for this expansion it’s a pretty good bet that this will make an already great game even better.

You can see the full press release here. If you’re lucky enough to attend GenCon check it out and as always keep an eye on your FLGS/OLGS for the expansion to become available.

Asmodee Editions based out of France will become the US distributor for german publisher Queen Games.  Asmodee has been a major distributor of US companies games in Europe and is currently the distributor for Queen Games Germany.  It should not be too much of a surprise that they are taking on the mantel of US distributor for Queen.

Queen has been in the US market since 2010 and had an exclusive distribution agreement with ACD distributors which will end on April 1st of this year.  At that time all distribution will be going through Asmodee.  Queen seems to have to have trouble settling on a distributor that they are pleased with.  After distributing the game themselves via multiple US distribution channels they went exclusive with ACD about the time that many larger companies started inking exclusives with the likes of ACD and Diamond/Alliance.

Hopefully this will be a positive change for Queen Games.  While it might not be an acquisition of the publisher by Asmodee this will have the two companies working together more closely and one could look into this as them testing the waters for how well they can work together.  Asmodee acquired one of their exclusive distribution parters Days of Wonder last year and it is not unreasonable to suggest that may happen again at some point in the not too distant future.

From the standpoint of the end consumer it is unlikely that you will see much of a change as a result of this deal.  This should however hopefully free up some resources on the part of queen to focus on wht they do best which is making award winning games.  If this story changes we will be sure to let you know.