Ticket to Ride

With the release of the Ticket To Ride Alvin & Dexter Monster Expansion and the Ticket to Ride boardgame on iPad, now’s a great time to look over the incredible range of Ticket to Ride boardgames. If you haven’t played this fantastic game yet, grab yourself a copy and enjoy what is probably the most successful boardgame of the last decade!

Alvin & DexterThe Ticket To Ride Alvin & Dexter Monster Expansion is a crazy new addition to the Ticket to Ride family. How many times have you pulled out a copy of Ticket to Ride and said to yourself, “What this game really needs are some awesome monsters attacking the cities!” Okay, maybe that hasn’t happened to you, but now that the idea is out there, it’s hard to get it out of your head, isn’t it?

Alvin the Alien and Dexter the Dino are two finely detailed monster figures that bring their own special brand of chaos to cities across the Ticket to Ride landscape in this ‘Victorian era meets Monsters’ expansion. Alvin and Dexter are not only charming (with the kind of charisma that only a monster can bring!), but they also introduce a new devious, tactical layer to a game of Ticket to Ride. The monsters stymie players both during the game and once it ends—during play, no routes can be built into or out of a city where Alvin or Dexter are currently hanging out, and during the final score tallying, any destination ticket showing a city where either monster stands is worth only half its normal value (which is a good thing if yoiu built an incomplete track!) Fortunately, they can be moved at the cost of one (or two) locomotive cards and you can move the monster up to three (or six) cities away from its current location. Players also accumulate Alvin or Dexter cards which award bonus points at the end of the game. Finally, at the end of the game, missions that initiate or end in a city with Alvin or Dexter are worth only half points.

The expansion includes the two highly-detailed monster figures, 20 Monster cards, two Bonus cards, and multi-lingual rules, all packaged with a transparent window box displaying the two figures. Alvin & Dexter is compatible with any complete, stand-alone board game from the Ticket to Ride family.

Now it’s time to go back the beginning. New players should start with the classic Ticket to Ride boardgame with the map of the USA—the one that started it all. It’s a boardgaming classic (winner of 14 international game awards, including the Spiel des Jahres—Game of the Year—for 2004) and an excellent way to introduce people who have only ever played games like Monopoly or Scrabble to the wide world of boardgaming. The rules are simple and easy to remember—all you have to do is collect sets of coloured train cards and trade them in to build train routes across the map—but there’s plenty of opportunity to foil the plans of your friends, push your luck, and try different strategies. A game that should be in every boardgamer’s collection!

The Ticket to Ride USA 1910 Expansion is a new card expansion for the original Ticket to Ride board game which consists of 181 new large format cards: 35 new Destination Tickets, a new GlobeTrotter bonus card for completing the most tickets, plus a complete replacement deck of all the cards from the original game deck. Also included is a new rulebook that gives Ticket to Ride players three new ways to play the game including 1910 rules (games using only the new Destination Tickets); the Mega Game, featuring all the tickets; and Big Cities, which uses only tickets to certain large cities.

The USA 1910 cards and rules variants will really change your strategies and tactics when you play Ticket to Ride, and will surprise even long-time veteran railroaders and bring hundreds of hours of new fun to your family and friends! (Note that in order to play Ticket to Ride USA 1910 you must have the original Ticket to Ride game.)

EuropeTicket to Ride Europe was the first expansion game, and can be played completely by itself without the original set. Build your train routes across turn-of-the-century Europe, from Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow. Ticket to Ride Europe is more than just a new map however; the game features brand new gameplay elements including Tunnels, Ferries and Train Stations. Like the original, the game remains elegantly simple, can be learned in five minutes, and appeals to both families and experienced gamers.

The Ticket To Ride Europa 1912 Expansion allows you to upgrade your ticket with exciting new routes to the great rail destinations of Europe, and adds fresh new gameplay to all versions of Ticket to Ride with Warehouses and Depots! This expansion includes 101 Destination Tickets—the 46 original tickets, plus 55 new ones that enable 3 new variants to the Ticket to Ride Europe map: Europe Expanded, which adds 19 new routes to the original 46; Big Cities of Europe, with tickets to 9 major European cities; and Mega Europe, which uses all the new routes as well as the 46 original Destination Tickets.

This expansion also introduces Warehouses & Depots—new game rules and pieces that create an additional strategic layer and can be played with any of the Ticket to Ride maps. (Note that an original copy of any complete game in the Ticket to Ride series is required to play with Warehouses & Depots. New Destination Tickets are for use only with Ticket to Ride Europe.)

For something different again, try the Ticket To Ride Marklin Edition. The vertically-oriented board is based on a map of Germany and introduces Passengers and Merchandise to the game—Passengers are used to pick up Merchandise worth different numbers of points along the routes that they claim.

Train hobbyists consider the Marklin to be the premier name in the model train world; this German company has been around for over 140 years and is the world’s leader in the miniature train hobby. Each train card in the Marklin Edition features a different image (118 in all) of a Marklin model train car or locomotive.

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.

It’s the much loved gameplay of Ticket to Ride—including Tunnels and Ferries, but played throughout the Nordic Countries. Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries stands on its own and is designed specifically for 2 or 3 players.

Ticket to Ride has proved so popular that new versions of the game have been developed in different formats too! Ticket to Ride: The Card Game delivers all of the exciting, fun and easy-to-learn elements of the original board game, but with several new gameplay twists in a stand-alone, portable, card game format. Players collect sets of illustrated Train cards which are then used to complete Destination Tickets—routes between two cities depicted on each ticket. But before their Train cards can be used, players must face the risk of ‘train-robbing’, where another player may force them to lose their hard-earned cards. Every fan of the board game will want to own a copy of the Ticket to Ride Card Game!

Dice GameAnd finally, you can roll your way to victory aboard the fun-filled expansion Ticket to Ride: The Dice Game, which is compatible with any board map of Ticket to Ride.

In this expansion, players still attempt to complete their Destination Tickets and claim routes and block each other on the map. But rather than draw and collect Train cards, they roll 5 custom Train dice each turn. Depending on the outcome they can reroll some or all, then use the dice to claim routes on the board; grab Route Tokens for future use; or draw more Destination Tickets. And for board maps that feature Tunnel routes, such as Ticket to Ride Europe, 3 Tunnel dice are also included. This expansion requires trains, Destination Tickets and a board map from any of the Ticket to Ride series.

As you can see, there’s an incredible number of ways to play Ticket to Ride, and lots of different strategies to be added with the expansions and different maps! So hop on board with your friends and family to enjoy the best train route building game in the business!