Our friend Lee Valentine, deputy Ogre and thorough game reviewer, gives us his blow-by-blow analysis of Ticket to Ride: The Card Game from Days of Wonder. Does interesting gameplay outweigh quirky rules text? Have a read through and find out, and peruse our other reviews while you’re at it.
Archive for September, 2008
Fans of the mighty fantasy boardgame Talisman will soon get a close look at the first expansion for Fantasy Flightâ€™s revised edition of the game (Fourth Edition, by my count). The new expansion, The Reaper, provides 128 new cards, four new characters, and the Grim Reaper, a neutral piece any player can use to foul up other players. In the Talisman section of FFG’s forums, you’ll find the new expansion’s back cover showing the miniatures and some sample cards. The fan site Talisman Island (which sounds like a reality show I would totally watch) has a few other bits of sample artwork. The set will sell for $24.95, and depending on which site you believe, will be along in either December ’08 or January ’09.
In an effort to bring customers aboard at even more stations, Days of Wonder has announced plans for Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion by Alan Moon. Usable with any of the TTR boardgame sets, the eight custom dice – five Train dice, and three Tunnel dice for certain boards – will replace the Train cards for purposes of completing Destination Tickets. Though TTR: The Dice Expansion isn’t due until October (premiering at Essen), the full rules are available as a PDF for the curious.
As I first learned at this year’s KublaCon, the popular, out-of-print Formula One racing game Formula De is being tuned up and given a new coat of paint in Formula D from Asmodee. Now there’s news that the new game, which will feature driver character cards and prepainted cars, will include a limited edition Porsche model and special character card in the first 5000 copies. The new version of this classic title will get in gear this November.
Game Table Online has continued to roll out online versions of both classic and more recent tabletop game titles since getting started in 2001. Next week, it seems they plan to roll out their version of some well-known Wizards of the Coast titles: Acquire, Axis & Allies, Guillotine, Vegas Showdown, and one of my all-time favorites, RoboRally. You can’t go far wrong with a Richard Garfield classic in your lineup. By the end of September, GTO should also have Battle for Olympus from Dr. Reiner Knizia available for online play, and a version of 1960: The Making of the President (another great game) is in the works as well. I haven’t been by Game Table Online in a while – these titles have got me thinking I should change that.
Though the game’s arrival in stores is still a few weeks off, FluxxGames.com has a group of sample cards from Monty Python Fluxx, the latest evolution of Looney Labs’ exceptions-based card game. As I mentioned after looking through a prototype deck back at GTS this year, you can expect to see a fair bit of spam represented in the cards as well. We’ll let you know how the Creeper mechanic plays in the latest incarnation when it arrives next month.