If you're an avid board gamer, you're doubtless already familiar with Alan R. Moon's Ticket to Ride series, widely regarded as one of the best entry points into the hobby out there. (If you're not already well-versed in the art of tabletop gaming, then this article is for you.)
Ticket to Ride has had numerous expansions and new versions over the years, taking the game's cast of enthusiastic rail travellers everywhere from Asia to Switzerland; Scandinavia to deepest Africa. The classic USA board from the game's original incarnation has always proven popular, however, and in celebration of its tenth anniversary, publisher Days of Wonder is releasing a special edition.
The new version comes in an oversized box and includes a board that is 50% larger than in the original game. The routes across the map are the same, but the board itself features brand new, more colorful artwork. All the route tickets -- the cards required to score bonus points at the end of the game -- from the original are included, along with the 35 extras from the USA 1910 expansion and the four from the Mystery Train mini-expansion. Since all subsequent versions of Ticket to Ride have included full-size cards rather than the fiddly small cards from the original, you can expect these cards to be full-sized, too, making them easier to shuffle and handle.
Perhaps most noteworthy in this new edition, however, is the fact that the colored plastic trains of the original game have been replaced by sculpted, painted trains with a unique design for each of the five player colors. The black player now uses coal freight cars, for example, while the red player has carriages for a circus troupe's train. Each set of trains is housed in its own tin box with its own unique design, too, making this a beautifully presented game even by Days of Wonder's normally high standards.
Alongside the new edition of the game, Days of Wonder is also celebrating Ticket to Ride's tenth anniversary with a World Championship event for the game, with the grand prize being a nine-day trip to Asia, including three days on the Orient Express. Full details can be found here.
The new edition is set to retail for $100 and will be available in May. You can find out more here.