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Somehow I had forgotten that Asmodee Digital, our eventual lords and masters, had taken over control of one of the most venerable digital board games, Ticket to Ride. From our point of view, it’s not all that relevant who’s doing the publishing duties, but it did strike me that we seemingly can’t go a day without mentioning the Asmodee juggernaut. I guess that’s what happens when you’re a juggernaut. Today’s Asmodee news revolves around a new expansion for TtR, the UK.
Unlike most expansions for TtR that add a new map and, maybe, a new way to play your trains, the UK expansion includes an entirely new mechanism: technology. This mechanism changes the way locomotives work and adds Technology cards that can alter your wagons. It sounds like the new wagons allow you to break long-standing rules in the TtR-verse, but I’ll let the Asmodee PR folks explain it in their own words:
The Ticket to Ride: United Kingdom expansion adds special rules for locomotives, along with 16 new technology cards to improve wagons. These cards allow players to develop technologies and create routes with more than two wagons in England. Examples include Concession, Mechanical Stoker and Propeller cards for claiming new routes (including ferries); Boiler Lagging, Steam Turbines and Double Heading cards for earning extra points; and Right of Way, which allows players to claim existing routes.
Of special interest to you, the Stately Players [don’t worry, I’ll get him to stop trying to push that as a thing. -ed.], is Ticket to Ride’s online multiplayer which, unlike most Asmodee titles, is asynchronous. I know it’s a bit lighter game than we’re used to playing around these parts, but a few games of Ticket to Ride are never unwelcome, and this new expansion sounds interesting enough that I might just drop some coin and pick it up. Who’s with me? Hello? Okay, so maybe not, but the expansion still sounds pretty cool.