You may have already heard the exciting news about Ticket to Ride, but if you haven't, allow me to break the news gently...
That's right, people! It's due to be released sometime in November, so it's time to PANIC! For those new to gaming, I'll explain: if the board games industry was the mafia, Ticket to Ride is the don. You've got your original Ticket to Ride, a cross-country train adventure game in North America, and your Ticket to Ride Europe, the European version that everyone over here actually buys.
As an incredibly popular family board game, Ticket to Ride has led to several map expansions, like India & Switzerland, Nederlands, Heart of Africa and more. It's huge. Over 3 million copies of the game have been sold, and it doesn't look like it's slowing down soon!
In each variation of Ticket to Ride, players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout Europe/USA/wherever. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. You can also score points by connecting distant cities or building the longest continuous railway by placing your colourful little carriages on the map.
In the brand new Ticket to Ride UK map (also excitingly called Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5) 2-4 players can do all that AND MORE! The map is double sided, featuring both the UK (yay!) and Pennsylvania (okay!). The United Kingdom map will come with a complete new Train cards deck with additional Locomotives and Technology cards, so that you can develop your Technology level, building faster trains and claiming longer routes.
The Pennsylvania map comes with 60 'Stock Shares' cards so you can invest in one or more of the great railroad companies in the state - the more shares you have in a company, the more points you can score when the game ends.
Ticket to Ride: United Kingdom & Pennsylvania allows 2-4 players for the UK map, and 2-5 for the PA map, giving the perfect number for families to play! Ticket to Ride boards fit (most) pub and kitchen tables, so it's great for students and groups of mates too.
The Ticket to Ride UK map is particularly exciting because it allows players to choo-choo their way through Wales! Locations like Cardiff, Holyhead and Llandrindod Wells are all featured, and with a tiny little Welsh flag in case you weren't feeling patriotic enough.
You've also got Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and some teeny little corners of France. No longer will you have to make do with a map of unpronounceable cities in Europe - in Ticket to Ride: UK, you can literally put trains all over your home town!