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New Ticket to Ride Map Collections

Days of Wonder have announced two new Ticket to Ride Map Collections. Map Collections From their announcement:
Days of Wonder today announced the upcoming release of the Ticket to RideTM Map Collection, a series of new maps playable with the original Ticket to Ride USA or Ticket to Ride Europe board games. To celebrate the ever-growing Ticket to Ride player community and Days of Wonder's upcoming 10-year anniversary, the company recently organized a $10,000 Ticket to Ride Map Design Contest. 612 Ticket to Ride fans and aspiring game designers from 40 different countries submitted their own maps for a chance to win the $10,000 cash prize. Perhaps even more exciting was the possibility of seeing their design published in the Ticket to Ride Map Collection to be officially introduced at Essen SPIEL 2011, alongside a brand new team-play map accommodating up to 6 players, created by original Ticket to Ride game designer, Alan R. Moon. A long evaluation process revealed two exceptional contest entries. As a result, the company doubled the prize and selected two Grand Prize winners: Franc?ois Valentyne from Toronto, Canada, with his map of Legendary Asia, and Ian Vincent from London, UK, whose map explores the Indian subcontinent. Each winner earned the $10,000 Grand Prize and will see his design in the upcoming volumes of this collection.
"We were so impressed with the breadth and quality of the contest entries that we decided to award not just one, but two Grand Prizes," said Eric Hautemont, CEO of Days of Wonder. "Not only does this recognize the tremendous contribution of the Ticket to Ride community to the game, it also gave us an opportunity to bring back in print our long-gone but very popular Swiss map." Both volumes of the Ticket to Ride Map Collection will feature two different maps on a double-sided board. Volume 1 – Ticket to Ride Asia, will feature Alan R. Moon’s Team Asia for 4 or 6 players and the Legendary Asia map ushering 2-5 players through challenging Himalayan passes. Volume 2 – Ticket to Ride India, will let 2 to 4 players compete over 'Grand Tour of India' bonuses and bring the 2 to 3 players Ticket to Ride Switzerland map back into print. These expansions require trains and train cards from Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe. Volume 1 will debut at Essen’s Messe in Germany, October 20-23, 2011, and go on sale at better game retailers worldwide in late October. Volume 2 is expected worldwide in December 2011. Suggested MSRP for each volume is $30/€28. For more information, visit