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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.

The world is under attack. But it's not from an alien invasion or rogue human forces. It's pathogens (wash your damn hands!). You've gotta go and stop them from spreading, but that's not easy.

You've probably played Pandemic at some point (I know I have, multiple times). If you enjoy the game, but maybe aren't thrilled with some of the fiddly bits, you can now let a computer do that for you, as the game is now available on Switch and Xbox One. And no more trying to sneak one fewer cube out there onto the board. :P

Gloomhaven. It's one of the highest-rated board games ever. If you want to go get some fantasy dungeon crawling adventure, you can't really do much better than it. But sometimes you want to have something else deal with all the fiddly bits and to just play the game. Thankfully, they're porting the game to an electronic version, which you can get via Early Access on Steam now.

*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.

Sunken treasure. Why just go scuba diving in the tropical waters when you can come back richer than you ever imagined? But it's not an easy task, and you are always fighting against the amount of air you've got left. Will you push ahead of the competition and come out with the most loot? That's what you'll be trying to do in Deep Blue, a new board game coming from Days of Wonder.

In case you missed it, yesterday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the operation that saw the Allies land at Normandy and start the fight to Berlin from the West. In commemoration of that historic event, Days of Wonder has released New Flight Plan, the new expansion for Memoir '44 that adds new air units to your armies.

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.

While aircraft were first regularly used in combat in WWI, it wasn't until WWII that air warfare really came into its own. Soon, you'll be able to show your air superiority in Memoir '44 with the new New Flight Plan expansion, coming soon from Days of Wonder. You'll be able to deploy new air units to hinder the enemy and win the day.

Corinth. It was one of the most-important trading centers in the ancient world. People came from all over the Mediterranean to buy, sell, and trade their wares. Soon, you'll be able to set up your own market stall and participate. Days of Wonder has announced their new board game, Corinth.

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.

New lands have been found. A previously unknown river has led settlers to an untouched land. Now, the race is on to create new settlements along the river's banks. But which one will grow the fastest and utilize its resources the best? That's up to you to decide in The River, a new game coming from Days of Wonder.

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.
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.
Arcane Wonders has announced a new strategy game that will be making its way to game shop shelves this May. It's called Senshi. In it, players take on the role of warrior monks. Their master is ailing, and each student is trying to show that they have learned the master's teachings the best, looking to find balance in their strength, agility, wisdom, and honor. Only one student will become the new master. Who will it be?
Ok, now I can finally talk about Thursday's Terrain Corner, because it's actually Thursday. While I still woke up thinking it was Friday, my mind's recalibrated and it actually does feel like a Thursday (being in my Thursday shirt helps, though I was also in my Wednesday shirt yesterday and that still had me feeling off, so there's that). Anyway, with a long weekend for many of us coming up, I hope you'll have some time to game. And, when gaming, it's good to have good looking gaming tables.

In the Terrain Corner today we have: New Kits Available To Pre-order From Plastcraft, New Battle Map Available For for Memoir ’44, MapForge Battle Map Creator Up On Indiegogo, and Dark Gotham Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame.

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.
So, it's come to this...
We all knew they'd show up eventually. Well, they're here. Asmodee looks to be leading the group, having launched their Holiday sale. And, being Asmodee, it's not just them, but all their subsidiaries like Z-Man, Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, and others. And, you know, I'm a big fan of getting holiday shopping done ahead of time, especially ordering online. You order. It shows up. You're done. Simple.
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.
It's a small world after all.
You're welcome.
Well, as I wait here for the people coming to hunt me down for doing that, I guess I should tell you about Sky Islands, the new expansion pack announced for Small World. The tiny world hasn't ever really paid much attention to what goes on above them. Sure, they check the weather, but only after a huge beanstalk sprouted did the various communities realize there's new areas for expansion among the clouds.
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.