Last year, the board gaming club I run held a Ticket to Ride competition night, with 2 copies of the UK and Pennsylvania Expansion up for grabs.
Unfortunately I did not win a copy but I did have a great night, 3 games of Ticket to Ride, what”s not to like.
First I had a game of the US map where I places 2nd (I was 3 carriages short of longest route which would have put me in first place), then I had a game of the new UK map. Again, I came second, I was around 3 points behind first place… so close. I then played the Europe map, things were going OK however I had to duck out half way through.
So, the UK expansion… I must admit, I really enjoyed it. There are a lot on new mechanics involved with this one, you need to spend locomotives to buy cars that allow you to do certain things like…
Each separate country needs a separate card, so if you want to put trains in either Ireland, Scotland, Wales or France you need a card for each.
You need to buy a card to allow you to build on ferry routes (across water)
There”s cards that allow you to play routes with 3 carriages, and 4 and 5 – as standard you can only place a route for 1 or 2 carriages.
So adding all these cards does make it harder to get certain routes as you are having to spend your locomotives to buy the cards (or you can use 4 of any coloured train as 1 locomotive).
And then there is a super route, Southampton to New York, which is worth a whopping 40 points, and all it requires is 3 locomotives and 7 of the same coloured ticket (any colour as it is a grey route). Of the games I saw, the person that manages to get this route generally wins (or comes very close to winning) then game, definitely one to watch our for.
So if you are a fan of Ticket to Ride, I would certainly recommend investing in this expansion.