Monday, January 5, 2009

Ticket to Ride - the Dice Expansion



One of the Turnitsa Household's Christmas acquisitions was the Ticket To Ride Dice Expansion. This is a nifty little add on that can easily add to any of the existing Ticket to Ride games (USA, Europe, Germany, Switzerland, or Nordic Countries - but the last might have a slight problem).

The expansion has you roll each turn to see how long of a train route you can build - there are no more train car cards, and the colors of routes don't matter. There are extra dice for building tunnels (in the versions that have them) and rules for ferries, stations, passengers, and collecting new tickets. A nice expansion - it makes for a quite different game, but not an un-enjoyable one.

I mentioned a slight problem with Nordic Countries. With the dice variant, the LONGEST route you can build is only 8 cars long. That works fine for all the other board, but in Nordic Countries there is a 9 car route. There have been two acknowledged fixes for this, including a weigh-in from Days of wonder - they are (1) pretend it is an 8 car route, or (2) ignore it when using the dice expansion. I prefer the feel of the first of these, but what the heck - just play Nordic Countries with the standard cards. It's not as if it isn't enjoyable that way...



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