Ticket to Ride is easily one of
my favourite games so when I heard there was an expansion I was keen to get my
hands on a copy as quickly as possible.
I was not quite sure what I was expecting probably more of the same but
with different route destinations but instead it feels like TWO whole new
games, so phenomenal value at RRP £25.99 (available for £24.24 on Amazon
But do remember you will need the
original game to play (no hardship there as it is one of those games EVERYONE
should own anyway, if you don’t have it already go and buy it NOW!). You will be using the counters; trains and
the coloured train cards (for the Pennsylvania side of the board) from that
set. The expansion cannot be used as a
Learning the two new games was a
bit taxing on my poor brain to begin with, but its well worth preserving. We tend to search YouTube for videos so we
get a feel for gameplay after reading the rules ourselves. On the United Kingdom side you are dealing with lots of
extra cards, concession cards to allow you to enter Wales, Scotland and Ireland
and other types of cards letting you extend the number of tracks you can lay
within a route (you start off only being allowed to lay one or two at a time)
and enabling you to use ferries to reach all your destinations. But you do rely on getting enough WILD cards
to do that, so if your unlucky you can be waiting and waiting till you get
enough of them. But that’s what’s great
about these games there is an element of skill and luck!
The two sides both have very
different ways of playing. When you’re
on the Pennsylvania side you start incorporating stocks and shares. My hubbie was quick to get the hang of this
and made sure he got the number 1 share card as often as he could for maximum
points, we did not realise how quickly he had grasped the concept until we
added up the scores and realised just how many more points he had! Some of the share cards only give points to
the two highest owners of those shares, so if your third or fourth highest it’s
a waste of time, so sit close to the share cards if you can and work out which
ones to avoid if you cannot get enough of them to make it worthwhile.
Hubbie is always planning strategically and is very
difficult to beat these days. It can be
frustrating but I keep coming back for more, as these games are just so very
engaging, it would just be nice to win occasionally though! My son at eight is also a big fan of these
games, its great to increase his concentration and I enjoy seeing how as he has
been more proficient at the game his scores have improved greatly!
You can find more information on the Esdevium website, but I really do recommend this game for Christmas for adults and children (8+) alike!