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December 6, 2012

Ticket to Ride gathers steam

Board game expands to Africa and beyond

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The popularity of the game allowed it to be converted into an electronic product.

“We've passed the 1 million downloads mark for Ticket to Ride on iOS and have hundreds of thousands more users who play on their personal computers,” said Kaufmann. “A new online game of Ticket to Ride starts about every four seconds. While the gameplay for Ticket to Ride the board game and the digital versions is identical, the actual experience is quite different. The boardgame is about a shared experience with friends or family around the table. Online is for fast play, when you are by yourself, and,especially if playing on a small device, it's something you can do while you have a few minutes of downtime, on the train or while waiting for your coffee at Starbucks.”

There are other products that are periodically released including a card game based off the board experience. The recent addition of map packs have proved popular.

:So far fans have responded quite well to the map collections,”said Kaufmann. “Ticket to Ride Asia sold out within six weeks of its release date. We've reprinted it now though and it's available once again.”

The newest map expansion is the Heart of Africa, which will probably be out by the time this is published. It adds a new type of card to allow for terrain considerations.

In addition, many enterprising fans of the game has designed their own game boards and destination tickets.

“To be honest, we are extremely surprised and happy that so many fans have created their own maps,” said Kaufmann. “When we held our map design contest last year, we received over 600 entries from players in 40 different countries. The most popular theme for designs was Outer Space/Mars/Moon with 64 entries.”

Days of Wonder plans a map pack to be released once each year.

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