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Testing is a major component of any product's development. That goes for everything, including the games we know and love. And it's why Days of Wonder is looking for some help in testing out their digital versions of Ticket to Ride. You can sign up now to help out. Make this game the best it can possibly be!

Technology is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. I mean, I work online for heaven's sake. The digital is coming more into the world of the real in board games with Days of Wonder's announcement of Alexa skills for Ticket to Ride. Now, you can simply have your Amazon assistant run you through a game. No more rulebook required.

She's got a ticket to ride... and he's got a ticket to ride... and they've got a ticket to ride. And they all care. I don't blame them, Ticket to Ride is a great game, and soon, a new pair of maps will be available as Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride: Japan. Of course, since the board has two sides, it's not just Japan that gets featured, but also Italy. The Japanese map introduces bullet train routes, while Italy includes ferry routes. Have a look.

*snifflesniffle* They always grow up so fast! *sniffle*

Days of Wonder is celebrating 15 years of Ticket to Ride with a new special Anniversary Edition. It's got special clear plastic trains and a retrospective booklet about the history of the game. For you collectors out there, this is one to check out.

Far-out. Groovy. Let's head on down to the disco, daddio. And other mostly-inaccurate slang terms. Days of Wonder has announced a new Ticket to Ride game. This time, it's London in the 1970s. Instead of trains, players will be looking to create routes of the famous double-decker busses to the most iconic locations around town.

It's not just Saturday... It's long-weekend Saturday. Short of full-on "Vacation Saturday," this is the best kind of Saturday. Just time to do aaaaall the things. What, exactly?... I've not relaly figured that out yet. But I'm sure it'll end up being something... or it'll be nothing, and that's just fine, too. But, before I get to maybe doing something or nothing, I need to get you your reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Machina Arcana 2nd Edition, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Carthago, Dungeon Draft, Ticket to Ride: First Journey, Agra, Ruthless, Blitz Bowl, Lost Cities: Rivals, Root, Clank! The Mummy's Curse, Thieves Den, and The Edge: Downfall.

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Woo!
My favorite day of the week, as I can just sit back, relax, and do some gaming.
Nevermind that this week I'm vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning countertops in the den. That's important, too.
So, while I try and figure out just how much dust a single lamp can acquire, let's get you those reviews you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Atlantis: Island of the Gods, Build It with Bryan, Sea of Plunder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tiny Epic Quest, Way of the Panda, Dogmight Games Sentinel Board Game Box, Anatomy Fluxx, Head of Mousehold, Robinson Crusoe 2nd Edition, Who Should We Eat?, Among the Stars iOS, Thunderstone Quest, Ticket to Ride: New York, Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, Junk Orbit, Nine Worlds, Nimble, For King & Parliament, and Warhammer 40k: Kill Team.

New York, New York, it's a hell of a town. To celebrate the release of Ticket to Ride: New York, Days of Wonder is looking to send you and a guest to the Big Apple on their dime. Want to live out your own Home Alone 2 fantasy (without the traps, of course)? Now's your chance.
Saturdaaaaaaaaaay! Woo!
My favorite day of the week, as you all know. And while I'm not probably going to be doing much gaming, by the time you read this, I should be stuffed full of tacos and empanadas and churros. So I'm still having a pretty spectacular day.

But while I take a siesta, let's get you those gaming reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we have: Gunfights and Gambling, Vikingjarl, Evil Corp, Raccoon Tycoon, Rising Sun Broken Token Insert, Neuroshima Hex: Iron Gang, Ticket to Ride: France and Old West, Vanguard of War, Feudum, Street Masters, The Mind, and The Tea Dragon Society.

For many years, players have enjoyed Ticket to Ride. However, some feel that the game can take a bit too long. Collecting all those like-colored cards can take a while. Well, in a city like New York, there's no time to sit around and be idle. You gotta go, go, go! So it makes sense that Ticket to Ride: New York, would streamline the game, making routes shorter, and thus shortening the overall game.
I'm sure a lot of you are probably traveling today, or perhaps hanging out with some non-gaming family. So, to take your mind off of things, here's your regular list of reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we've got: Guild Ball Blacksmith's Guild, Rail Raiders, Naruto Shippuden The Board Game, Zendo, Cottage Garden iOS, Meeple Circus, Gut Check, Mountains of Madness, Import/Export, Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West, Welcome to Centerville, Hunt for the Ring, and Master of Wills.

Ok, so I was being a little facetious, saying that we were expecting a Snowpocalypse here in Atlanta, with the little bit of snow that was coming down at the time... but... yeah... we had a bit of a Snowpocalypse. That was the view from my front door last night and it was still much the same this morning. Thankfully, since then, the sun's come out and much of it is melting. But still... yeah, quite a thing. Good day to stay in and do some gaming. But what games? Well, you can find out what games are like with the Review Roundup!

This week we have: Villages of Velaria, Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - Box of Monsters Expansion, Axis & Allies: Anniversary Edition, Wizards Wanted, Braintopia, NMBR9, Ticket to Ride: Germany, Planetarium, Barbarians: The Invasion, Space Race, The Captain is Dead, and Heaven & Ale.

While we might not think of them much anymore, for the longest time, trains were the main mode of long-distance transportation. And one country that was quick to adopt the locomotive and use it to expand all across its land was the United Kingdom. And that's where the new Ticket to Ride expansion takes you. The set also brings you Technology cards, letting you create better locomotives. You can pick up your copy now.
My nephew loves trains. He's like 4 or so and just loves the things. One of his favorite things to play on his tablet is this train simulator thing. On my next visit to see him, I might see about trying to get him to play Ticket to Ride: First Journey. It's now available digitally, and it seems like it'd be right up his alley.
All aboard!
Days of Wonder continues their Ticket to Ride series with a new line going in. This one will take you to France and the Old West (though not at the same time). Ticket to Ride: France includes a double-sided map, with one letting players build routes all across France during the Industrial Revolution. Players will need to lay down tracks and decide what color those routes are before actually laying out their trains. The other side of the map is the Old West, where players will build routes from their home cities. But beware, build a route to a rival's city and they'll earn points, too.
Hey everyone. I'm sure a lot of you are reading this after getting back from Salute. If that's the case... *envy-waves in your direction* I wish I'd been there. Maybe someday. But for those of us in the States, Australia, and elsewhere that can only live vicariously through your photos and videos, we wish we were there. In the meantime, let's get some reviews.

This week we have: Lotus, The Exiled: Siege, Ancient Terrible Things, Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails, and Hanamikoji, Yamatai.

All aboard! The train's going to be leaving the station soon. Anyone wanting to go to Munich better get on board now. Days of Wonder has announced that a new Ticket to Ride game is going to be coming out. As you can tell from the pretzels, beer, and bratwurst, this time we're headed to Germany.
Those of you gamers out there with young kids might wonder what sort of game is best to get them into the hobby, as well as when you might start doing so. There's more and more good kid-friendly board games out there. Soon, there'll be another, based on one of the most popular game series around. Days of Wonder has announced Ticket to Ride: First Journey.
Well, I did my Thanksgiving grocery shopping. It's... well, I'm having 2 Thanksgivings, so there's that. Turkeys, dressing, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuff to make glazed carrots, rolls (from scratch), and a couple pumpkin pies. Because, you know, if anything's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

But that's for Thursday and Friday. For right now, we've got reviews. So let's get to it.

Today we have: Robots Love Ice Cream, Acquire, Bloodborne: The Card Game, The Arrival, Trick of the Rails, Great Western Trail, 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon, Inis, Fabled Fruit, Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails, CO-OP: The Co-op Card Game, Star Trek: Ascendancy, Terraforming Mars, Hit Z Road, Hocus, Ta-Da!, Legends Untold, and Ominoes.

A lot of games are available as a limited release at conventions. Gen Con is certainly one place where a company will ship in a couple hundred copies to sell there during the show. So a few people get to go home with it, but a lot of others just have to wait. Well, if you've been waiting to get your own copy of Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails, your wait is over.
Aaaall Abooooooard! This train's about ready to leave the station. But what if you want to get from London to, say, New York? Hard to take a train. And there's not really regular air travel yet (in the world of Ticket to Ride, anyway). You're gonna have to take a boat. And that's just what you get to do in Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails, a new version of the game announced by Days of Wonder.
I have to say, there are some games that I've only ever played digitally. One such case is Ticket to Ride. It's been a bit, but we used to play a game during lunch on a coworker's tablet. Considering all the cards, the board, and all the pieces for the game, playing the digital version was really the only way we could get a game in while we ate. Well, a new Nordic map is available for the digital version of the game, and it just might mean we break it back out again at lunch.
All aboard! Time to jump on the Soul Train! Or at least, just the regular commuter train. Though I don't know if I'd suggest playing Ticket to Ride on a regular commuter train. It's got a lot of cards and little pieces that could get lost. But if you were taking, say, a cross-country train trip, that'd be good.
... I'm getting off-topic.
Ticket To Ride: United Kingdom is now available.
The train's going to be leaving the station soon. You'll want to make sure you're on it. Where's it going? Well, that's for your route cards to decide. Days of Wonder has started taking pre-orders for their new Ticket To Ride: United Kingdom expansion pack. The set's more than just a double-sided map (one side's the UK. The other is Pennsylvania. Because... United Kingdom...).
Days of Wonder keeps Ticket to Ride nice and fresh with new map packs coming out to change up your game a bit. Once you think you've mastered one map, you can move on to the next. Map Collection 5 - United Kingdom will be coming out at Essen. It has maps of the UK as well as... uh... Pennsylvania. Because... United Kingdom... *shrugs*