July 12, 2007

Ticket to Ride Swiss - An Efficient Expansion

Ticket to Ride SwissDays of Wonder has announced a new title in their ever so popular (and rightly so) Ticket to Ride series. Ticket to Ride Switzerland will be an expansion release that brings the game to a focused map of the small rugged country nestled high within the Alps. The game is on a slightly smaller scale than its predecessors and is designed for 2-3 players to complete in under an hour.

We stress ‘expansion’ because Swiss will be the first Ticket to Ride boxed release which requires one of two main games: either the original Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe. The expansion designed by Alan R. Moon ships with a new game board, route cards, and rules, but you’ll need the train pieces and some of the train cards of the original to play – mainly the locomotive cards from the original game. These which will shed their original use-anywhere wild card abilities, instead they'll be used to the construct the railway tunnels through the mountains littered across the board.

TicketToRideSwissMapSmart move in our opinion as an expansion without a repeat of the same train pieces cuts costs, which means we won’t have to pay full price for another Ticket to Ride release. It’s also smart because a virtual version of Ticket to Ride Switzerland has been available for Ticket to Ride owners for quite some time through the Days of Wonder online game service. Those who enjoy the online variety won' can now throw a board down on the dining room table for a face to face - and warmer - experience without having to dig deep into their wallets.

Ticket to Ride Switzerland is slated for an October release. You can check this post on the Days of Wonder for more information, and read-on below for the full official press release.

"Days of Wonder, the publisher of top-quality boardgames, announces the upcoming release of the Ticket to Ride Swiss Map Expansion, a new board map for the award-winning Ticket to Ride game series that was previously only available in the Ticket to Ride Computer game.

The Swiss map was designed specifically for 2 or 3 players. The 46 Destination Tickets include new city-to-country and country-to-country routes in addition to the standard city-to-city tickets. In playing this game, the 14 Locomotive cards can only be used to complement or replace the colored train cards when claiming a Tunnel route, but can never be used to help claim a regular (non-Tunnel) route. Also the Swiss Map expansion is played with only 40 trains per player rather than the 45 trains used in the other games in the Ticket to Ride series.

“The Swiss map has become my favorite of all the Ticket to Ride maps.” says the game's author
Alan R. Moon. The Ticket to Ride Swiss Map Expansion requires an original copy of Ticket to Ride® or Ticket to
Ride Europe™ to play and is for 2-3 players ages 8 and older. Playing time is 30-45 minutes. The expansion is expected to be available in October 2007 from game retailers and the Days of Wonder web site. Suggested retail price is $25 in the US and €20 in Europe

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