Days of Wonder announces Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam
“Welcome to the 17th Century. You are in the middle of the Gouden Eeuw, the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is the beating heart of global trade and the wealthiest city on Earth. Goods from around the world are piling up on the docks, in ship holds, in warehouses, and on the banks of its countless canals.”
Days of Wonder has announced the latest in Sir Alan R. Moon’s record selling series of locomotive driven board game classics, Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam. In this latest reincarnation, 2-4 players are setting up trade routes within 17th century Amsterdam. Amsterdam is among the lighter of the Ticket to Ride variants, sporting a smaller, tighter board, and advertising a 10-15 minute play time. Play is pretty familiar – On their turn, players take cards from a market of 5 face-up Transportation Cards or the blind deck. Cards come in 6 colors, and a multihued, wild variety. If players take a faceup wild card, they are only allowed one draw, but otherwise can take two cards into their hand. Instead of drawing cards, players can use their cards to claim one of the many routes within the city, paying with a number of like-colored cards. The player then places their plastic cart tokens along the claimed route, and scores points for the length of the route. Finally, players can draw new contract cards as a third option on their turn. Contracts earn players extra points at the end of the game for connected city regions but incur a penalty if not completed. One addition to Amsterdam are routes labeled with cart icons, which earn players Merchandise Bonus cards. These cards give an end game point boost, relative to how many the player has collected.
Look for Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam, coming to stores in September 2020. For more information, check out the official website here.