Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries Coming This Fall
By now you know: we love the award winning board game franchise Ticket to Ride [Amazon, Funagain], and coming this fall we'll be rolling up our sleeves to play a title that was once only available for sale in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway! Days of Wonder has decided to lift the publishing restrictions and Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries will be in stores all over the board game playing world this fall!
Now we haven't had the opportunity to get our hands on the Nordic Countries edition, but it's been well-received on BGG . This installment has your basic tunnel building and passenger ferry elements from Ticket to Ride Europe, but now you have a twist on the wildcard options: you can now use 4 cards of any one color as a single wildcard when completing a route of another color. Meanwhile Locomotive cards are the new tunnel and ferry builders. You can also now draw two faceup locomotive cards on your turn, and from the looks of the board - which is a crowded collection of tunnels and coastal routes - you're really going to need gobs of Locomotives to make your connections.
This quirky little mixup in mechanics and a new well-balanced board for 2-3 players anchors this new installment, which should keep us satiated on Ticket to Ride goodness throughout the fall and winter.
For some unknown reason we just don't get sick on of this game!
Here are the official details:
"Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries takes you on a Nordic adventure through Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as you travel to the great northern cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm. Visit Norway's beautiful fjords and the magnificent mountain scenery on the Rauma Railway. Breathe in the salt air of the busy Swedish ports on the Baltic Sea. Ride through the Danish countryside where Vikings once walked. Hop-on the Finnish railway and travel across the Arctic Circle to the land of the Midnight Sun.
Players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes and pass through tunnels and onto ferries, as they connect cities throughout the Nordic Countries.
As with previous versions, the game remains elegant, can be learned in 5 minutes and provides hours of fun for families and experienced gamers alike.." - Days of Wonder
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries is slated to ship September 2008, and is now available to preorder from Funagain Games.
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Posted by Critical Gamers Staff at July 7, 2008 2:11 PM