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The original game remains the best. It's a top-notch game with broad appeal. Nothing has changed since then. Ticket to Ride remains a gem of a game.
If you're a real fan of the game, you might want to pick up the 15th Anniversary Edition released in 2019. It improves considerably on the original's components and includes several expansions.
This edition features a map of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. The fifth game in the Ticket to Ride series, Nordic Countries features railroad routes across Scandinavia in a vertically-formatted map.
It features numerous ferry routes, changes the rules related to wildcards, and includes a nine-train route between Murmansk, Russia, and Lieksa, Finland.
Ticket to Ride: Europe features an up to date map of Europe. It introduced three significant new gameplay elements to the original game: ferries, tunnels, and stations. Building a ferry route requires the use of one or more locomotive (wild) cards, depending on the route.
Building tunnels are riskier than building standard routes. When you play the cards to build a tunnel, you must also turn over the top three train cards from the deck. If any of them match the color you are playing; you must add that many of the same colors from your hand to finish the tunnel. If you can't, or decide not to, you take back your cards, and your turn is over. Playing a station allows you to use another player's route to complete a destination ticket. Each player has three stations. Playing the first costs one train card, the second costs two matching train cards, and the third costs three matching train cards. At the end of the game, players score bonus points for any unused stations.
This expansion of the original Ticket to Ride includes 35 new destination tickets, a new globetrotter bonus card for completing the most destination tickets, and a complete replacement deck of all the cards in the game. Also included are rules allowing players to choose from three ways to play:
- 1910 Rules: Using only the new destination tickets makes the game tighter than ever
- Big Cities Rules: For an even more cutthroat game, players only use destination tickets that start and end in a major metropolis
- Mega Game Rules: Uses all of the game's tickets