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boofredlay
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Expansion Sets Thu, 11 December 2008 20:07
Between my father, brother and my family
we have 3 (soon to be 4) TTR versions.
How are the expansions? Switzerland, 1910, dice, etc...

Thanks for any input. Smile
      
Caboose
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Re:Expansion Sets Thu, 11 December 2008 21:05
boofredlay wrote on Thu, 11 December 2008 12:07

Between my father, brother and my family
we have 3 (soon to be 4) TTR versions.
How are the expansions? Switzerland, 1910, dice, etc...

Thanks for any input. Smile


In regards to dice (and I'm generalizing here, I don't have it), you use the dice in conjunction with the respective board but you don't use the wagon cards. So basically a variation of the game in that sense. Just thought I let you know.

As for expansions, you only mention Switzerland and 1910 so I'll only comment on those 2. If you are looking at other expansions, please do reply back as to which ones. Also would be helpful as to which TTRs you do have.

In regards to Switzerland, it is a 3 player MAX game. You only use 40 wagons vs the normal 45 wagons. They do have offboard countries you can have tickets to. In that aspect the tickets are different in the fact that for some of them, you can go to one of the off board areas to score...but ONLY one of those areas, not all 4. Alan Moon created the game to be allow for more ticket hoarding - as such, the difference in this game is that once you draw tickets, the tickets you don't kept are gone forever (even the initial ones). I myself like the game..but like I said, it only allows for 3 player max.

As for 1910, I whole heartily agree it is a GREAT expansion. First and formost, you get bigger wagon cards. Not the small ones that came with the USA game. In addition, you get a lot more tickets to use for the US map. If you have played the game, you will note there are some cities that have no tickets going to them. This expansion removes that problem with at least a ticket for each city. Plus you get a whole lot more tickets. In addition, this expansion allows for playing the US map in 3 different formats. So it is an expansion definitely worth getting if you like the US map.

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SkullOne
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Re:Expansion Sets Fri, 12 December 2008 00:00
I have the Dice expansion and consider it a nice addition to the TTR family.

The brief version:
Dice = Tactical
Cards = Strategic

The long version:
With the dice you spend about 85% of the rolls claiming routes. Which means by your 5th to 6th turn of the game you have pretty much let the other player(s) know your general routes and strategy. So you have to be very tactical about where you place your trains. You want to try and obscure as much as possible. And key choke points really stand out with the dice especially when playing 1910 Mega. The only really bad side I have seen with the dice is when you roll only all singles or all doubles routes most of the game. You can still win but it makes for a very frustrating game where you are constantly adjusting your overall routing. I do like the change in the rules when it comes to drawing destinations. You can choose to keep none of what you draw. So if you end up with a 10 to 12 trains more on the board, you can take a turn or two trying for freebie routes. I also like the pace of the game using the dice. It is similar to drawing down the deck in a 2 or 3 player game and then playing it out.
      
boofredlay
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Re:Expansion Sets Fri, 12 December 2008 01:34
Thanks for the replies. Sorry if I was vague.

My father has the original TTR USA game. I forgot the cards were
small so I do believe I will get him the 1910 expansion for
Christmas per your review, thanks.

I have TTR Europe. TTR Nordic Countries is on it's way to me
now. My brother has TTR Marklin.

I only see Switzerland, 1910 and the dice expansions; are there
more? That is unless the card game is considered an expansion.
How is the card game by the way?

Also, in what way does the computer game vary from the online play
I have access to now?

Once again, thanks for the replies.

[Updated on: Fri, 12 December 2008 01:35]

      
Zasdert Ultun
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Re:Expansion Sets Fri, 12 December 2008 01:59
The computer game adds a more interesting and less "blocky" interface. It adds sounds to the game other than just the whistle on your turn. With it, you get a year of player status and the ability to start Switzerland ad 1910 games, which cannot be done with the online version. It also gives you the option of solo play.

The Card game is almost not TTR anymore. I find that there is less strategy, but it is still very fun in its own way.

Also, some people have designed their own TTR maps and cards and printed them out on high quality paper. I am currently in the process of trying to print a TTR East Asia Map and the corresponding cards that I created. It was a lot of work, but the end product will be great!
      
boofredlay
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Re:Expansion Sets Fri, 12 December 2008 04:59
Excellent, thanks so much for the information.

You gave me an idea... Ticket To Ride Mars Laughing
Seriously, that would be pretty neat.
      
Caboose
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Re:Expansion Sets Mon, 15 December 2008 16:58
boofredlay wrote on Thu, 11 December 2008 17:34

Thanks for the replies. Sorry if I was vague.

My father has the original TTR USA game. I forgot the cards were
small so I do believe I will get him the 1910 expansion for
Christmas per your review, thanks.

I have TTR Europe. TTR Nordic Countries is on it's way to me
now. My brother has TTR Marklin.

I only see Switzerland, 1910 and the dice expansions; are there
more? That is unless the card game is considered an expansion.
How is the card game by the way?

Also, in what way does the computer game vary from the online play
I have access to now?

Once again, thanks for the replies.


You are aware of all of the expansions currently available for Ticket to Ride. As if there will be others released, only DoW and/or Alan Moon know that. But there are quite a lot of user created maps in case you wanted to go that route.

The computer game DOES allow you to play Switzerland whereas the online game does allow that as well. The difference is that you can start the game with the computer version whereas the online version you have to allow someone with the computer version to initiate the game. Also the computer version does allow you to play the games solo w/o having to connect to the internet as well. And there are 5 AI bots - which are a TAD better than the ones online but not by much.

I should note for the Switzerland expansion, there are some copies out there that have some very bad copies of the ticket deck. DoW is aware of them and if you happen to get one, you can obtain a replacement deck through them.

1910 - yes get that version just for the bigger wagon cards. Having those small cards is just a pain, if you know what I mean!

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boofredlay
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Re:Expansion Sets Tue, 16 December 2008 23:22
Thanks again for the info.
I will order the 1910 for my father as he has the original TTR. His Birthday is in Jan. I think I will also get the card game too... my daughter loves cards and is enjoying TTR as well.

Cheers.
      
    
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