Since I found Ticket to Ride Europe
in the book store during 2006 and my sisters bought it to me for Christmas, I've been constantly trying to persuade my friends to play board games. Some have as me found boardgaming as an ideal way of using their spare time.
The Ticket to Ride series is still my number one favourite. Of the ten official maps, I now own most. Missing are Nederland
and the original American
(but I gave my best friend the latter for her birthday and we have played it on some occations, as we have with her copy of Märklin's sister game Zug um Zug: Deutschland
). Most plays used to be on the Europe version, but Legendary Asia
and Nordic Countries
have also been played more than occasionally.
There are, however, other games I like too. Mystery of the Abbey
is one, Thebes
is another. Less played, but games I would never turn down a play of, are Cleopatra and the society of architects
, Thurn und Taxis
, and of course my old Swedish favourite Jorden runt på 80 dagar
In September 2011 I went to the Gothenburg book fair and found a map of the Swedish railways of 1914. This got me thinking and during the first months of 2012, I started designing my own Ticket to Ride expansion, Western Sweden 1917
. The prototype for this has been played a number of times and I will probably publish it here on BoardGameGeek.
It works wonderfully well for 2-3 players. For 2 players it's harder than other TtR games except Nordic Countries; for 3 players it's harder than any official version I know of (I still haven't played India
with 3 players but have read that that version is extremely tight). The few 4-player sessions so far, also worked well. It was interesting though, that the player who won twice, did so by building 40+ long routes, including a number of 5- and 6-routes. She had never won on any other TtR maps, so the question now stands: might the strategy differ a bit from other TtR versions?
In October 2012, I used all my spare time for almost three weeks to create another map, for the county of Östergötland. It was a birthday present for a friend, and as the design for that map is finished, I have published it here at Board Game Geek, under the name Östergötland in the 1930's (fan expansion to Ticket to Ride)
. Feel free to look at it.
After quite a long time of construction, I also made a map of southeastern Sweden, including the provinces Småland, Öland and Blekinge. Here the narrow gauge concept, once included in the still unpublished Western Sweden map, works perfect and the South-East Sweden 1925 unofficial expansion
is found on BGG, free to print and play for anybody.