To celebrate next year’s 10th Anniversary of the hit Days of Wonder game Ticket to Ride, Days of Wonder is holding a huge contest. They are offering a $10,000 prize for the best fan-created entry in a contest to design a new map for TTR. The winner’s map will be included in the Ticket to Ride Map Collection to be introduced at Essen Spiel 2011. Complete contest details are on the Days of Wonder website.
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Days of Wonder has announced that in February 2011, Alvin and Dexter will be attacking Ticket to Ride boards across the globe. Alvin is an angry alien in a space ship. Dexter is a giant reptilian monster. These two rampage across the board, cutting off players’ access to key destinations during the game, and reducing points for destination tickets to those cities at the end of the game. They are moved by players discarding locomotive cards in a never-ending battle to stick some other poor sucker with the giant monster and the alien menace. This expansion will work with all Ticket to Ride board games, and will have a suggested retail price of $13.00.
Days of Wonder has announced two more expansions for its award-winning game Small World. The first, Be Not Afraid… includes all you need to play five new Races including Barbarians, Homunculi, Pixies, Pygmies, and greedy little Leprechauns. It also comes with five new Special Powers: Barricade, Catapult, Corrupt, Imperial and Mercenary. The product will feature a new storage tray solution that fits the tokens of all existing Small World expansions in a single, easy to sort, easy to access, container. The suggested retail price of the product is $20.00.
The other expansion for Small World that’s shipping soon is Necromancer Island. The dreadful Necromancer captures the souls of all Race tokens lost to conquests, using them to spawn Ghosts who invade surrounding regions. To win, the Necromancer must bring all of his Ghosts into play before the game’s end. The remaining players must not only contain him, but also continue to conquer lands and earn victory coins in an effort to defeat each other and claim victory. Visitors to the Days of Wonder booth at both Essen Spiel in October; or BoardGameGeek.CON in November will also be able to pick up a copy of Necromancer Island. In addition a free copy of Necromancer Island will automatically be added to any pre-orders for the Be Not Afraid… expansion in the Days of Wonder webstore.
The Ticket to Ride World Championship will take place on June 19 in the Musée de la Carte à Jouer (Card Game Museum) in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Days of Wonder held national and regional competitions around the globe to find the best TTR player in the world. Seven total champions were crowned. They are from North America, the Benelux countries, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, and the UK. Those seven champions plus one additional runner-up from North America will compete head-to-head, playing several games on the various maps of Ticket to Ride. The one who performs the best will then be declared Ticket to Ride World Champion and win a trip for two on the legendary Orient-Express. The championship games will be broadcast live by the Tric Trac TV Team and on the Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride World Championship page starting at noon in the GMT+2 timezone. According to a handy internet time converter, this is the equivalent of 6:00 AM EST in the United States on June 19.
Days of Wonder just announced Tales & Legends, the fourth expansion for their award-winning area control boardgame Small World. Tales & Legends will feature a deck of 54 large-format Event cards. In every round except the first, an event card will change the way that the game plays. This expansion was created by Laurent Verrier, Special Prize Winner of the 2009 Small World Design Contest. Small World was named Game of the Year by Games magazine in 2009 and had the highest first year sales of any Days of Wonder product since Ticket to Ride. Like the base game, Tales & Legends will be available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, and Japanese. Tales & Legends is expected to hit hobby game stores in late June or early July with a suggested retail price of $15.00.
Continuing the WWII-themed gaming news, in May, Days of Wonder will be releasing an expansion for its boardgame Memoir ’44. The new Breakthrough Expansion kit will contain two extra-large, 9-panel, double-sided map boards (13 x 17 hexes deep). Also included will be 15 scenarios for use with this expansion, designed by Jacques David and Memoir ’44 author, Richard Borg. These scenarios cover the Western and Eastern Fronts, as well as the Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters. Breakthrough is not a stand-alone set, and requires the base game to play. It is strongly recommended for some of the scenarios that you own other previously released expansions for the game. The MSRP is $30.00.
With the impending release of the Apple iPad we are bound to see new games intended specifically for that platform. One of the first hobby games getting ported over to the new touchscreen media device is Days of Wonder’s hit game Small World. Small World is a fantasy wargame that has won Games Magazine’s traditional game of the year award. We’ve also reviewed it on OgreCave.Com. The iPad release will cost $4.99 and will be available from Apple’s App Store. This version will only handle two players in a face-to-face, hot seat mode of play by sharing the device. Unfortunately it seems that there won’t be a five-player version over the wireless network in this release, but at least this is a start. Future expansions are planned for the product for separate purchase and download.
Days of Wonder once again has trains on the brain. As we’ve noted here previously, Days of Wonder is holding a Ticket to Ride championship series where the World Champion will win a ticket for two on the Orient Express.
As its second powerful blow, Days of Wonder has announced Mystery Express, a train-themed game that doesn’t bear the Ticket to Ride brand. In this whodunit deducation game players take on the roles of would-be passenger-detectives on the Orient Express, investigating a murder that’s just occurred in transit. The project has some solid names attached to it, namely Antoine Bauza (Ghost Stories) and Serge Laget (Shadows over Camelot, Mystery of the Abbey, Ad Astra). The price is expected to be $50/€45. Look for a release in late March or early April.
If you haven’t done so already, check out our review of Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912.