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A good pickup if the price is right - Europe game only
on January 19, 2013
Despite Amazon's product description, this can ONLY be used with TTR Europe. While this "1912" Expansion doesn't provide as much value as the "1910" Expansion did for the USA version (mainly because Europe already comes with oversized cards), it still helps the game in several ways.
On the plus side for 1912 is all of the new destination tickets. These do make the game better, providing longer routes and making it harder for others to know where you are going. It also makes it more likely you'll want to draw additional tickets throughout the game, as there are many shorter routes added that make it more likely you can complete a route that is drawn in later rounds. From a variety standpoint, people will end up going to more spots on the board, and overall the new cards do freshen things up.
The other new component of the game is the addition of "depots" and "warehouses". Essentially, every player gets several depot playing pieces and a warehouse, and every time they draw train/wagon cards they must also draw/place another one on their warehouse (a colored piece of cardboard). If you complete a route to a city with a depot, you get the train cards that are associated with that warehouse (you can think of the whole concept somewhat like "free parking" in monopoly). We have found their use problematic in some ways, chiefly because it injects a lot of luck into the game, and also some rules ambiguity over whether a player could place a depot immediately before their turn (players place depots as a free move, and get cards for connecting to even their own depot). We decided to play that you could place depots only after your regular turn, and while an OK variant, we think they could have come up with something better.
The depot pieces themselves are also somewhat bland. Unlike the nice plastic station buildings in Ticket to Ride Europe that matched the trains and had some detail, the depot markers here are basically just pieces of colored wood.
It's still worth getting for the new tickets, especially if you can get it at a good price, but I almost rather they just gave me replacement train/wagon cards or a new colored bonus train or something similar instead of the depots/warehouses concept. Most folks will still want to buy this, but I would wait for sales and/or used sets.