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Ticket To Ride: Germany - New Train Colors? Mon, 21 August 2017 21:08
While looking at the online instructions PDF for the upcoming Ticket To Ride: Germany, I noticed the following in the list of components:

"Colored Train Cars (45 each in White, Red, Purple, Yellow and Black, plus some extra replacement cars in each color)"

The drawings/pictures also showed purple trains. I have no problem with purple (although I can't say I ever liked white as a player color), I just found it very strange that the colors would get changed, especially in a standalone edition (since some expansions like Asia use extra trains that need the colors to match). I can, of course, just use the pieces from my base game (although not everyone has that), but did anybody else notice this or find it strange? Was there a reason for this (are purple & white more "German" than blue & green)?
      
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Re:Ticket To Ride: Germany - New Train Colors? Sat, 27 January 2018 14:17
njsokalski wrote on Mon, 21 August 2017 21:08

While looking at the online instructions PDF for the upcoming Ticket To Ride: Germany, I noticed the following in the list of components:

"Colored Train Cars (45 each in White, Red, Purple, Yellow and Black, plus some extra replacement cars in each color)"

The drawings/pictures also showed purple trains. I have no problem with purple (although I can't say I ever liked white as a player color), I just found it very strange that the colors would get changed, especially in a standalone edition (since some expansions like Asia use extra trains that need the colors to match). I can, of course, just use the pieces from my base game (although not everyone has that), but did anybody else notice this or find it strange? Was there a reason for this (are purple & white more "German" than blue & green)?


I completely agree. There was/is a long thread on BoardGameGeek regarding this issue, where not everybody agree with us. Wink

Regarding the Team Asia expansion, however, there is no real problem. Team Asia is played at most with three colours. Black, red and yellow are common colours for all base games and thus Team Asia can always be played no matter whether you have North America, Europe, Germany or Deutschland as your base game. (The Märklin version also works, although you must then bring a deck of standard train cards, for example from the UK/Pennsylvania expansion.)

The real difficulties arise if you try to use Germany as the base game for the new France/Old West expansion. Old West can be played with six players, and because of this brings an extra set of white trains. As white already is a colour of the Germany/Deutschland/Märklin versions, no more than five players can take part if one of those German base games is used.

A fun fact, that I realized the other day, is that the colours that all 5-player Ticket to Rides have in common, are the colours of the German flag: "Schwarz-Rot-Gold". Why they have added purple and white, I don't know. On the Nordic Countries game, designed for 2-3 players, purple and white are also used with black as the third colour, and on that particular map the colours of map and plastic trains match each other nicely. Maybe it was similar on the Märklin map, where the new train colours were first introduced.

It was, though, a mistake by Days of Wonder not to include an eighth colour as the extra for Old West. As the other seven route colours have already been used as train colours, a set of 40 orange trains would have been appropriate. But I assume it would have been to expensive...
      
    
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