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on November 20, 2011
I'm a huge fan of the Ticket To Ride series; I own all the board games and am proud to say this new Asian expansion set does not disappoint. You get not one, but two, extremely challenging new maps on a durable, double-sided board. The new maps feature cities from Mecca to Kobe. You'll build routes between the Middle East, Russia, India, China, Korea, Japan and all points in-between. Side one features cooperative team play for 4 or 6 (not five) player games. Side two offers traditional competitive play for 2-5 players featuring ferry routes (as seen in the Europe and Nordic Countries sets) and all-new Himalayan Mountain Tunnels.

Both maps are fun and having the ability to accommodate six players is always nice for when we manage to get that many people together for game night. As usual there's only one page of easy rules, and if you're already familiar with previous editions, all you need to do is understand the tweaks they've made to freshen this version up and make it stand out on its own.

As this is an expansion set, not a standalone game, this review assumes you are already familiar with how to play Ticket To Ride and will focus on the new rules in Asia.

NEW RULES IN COOPERATIVE PLAY: You split up into teams of two. Each team uses one set of colored plastic train pieces (45), adding in the nine matching color bonus pieces provided in Asia; you then split the trains up into two piles of 27. Each teammate gets that to build with. You and your teammate can only share commonly-held information, not discuss what it is in your private hand of cards and route tickets. On your turn, you may put up to two of your route tickets in your common route ticket holder so both of you know where to build them. That takes up your entire turn. When you draw train cards, you draw one, decide if you will put it in your hand or in the common train card holder, then select your second train card, which you must then do the opposite action with. The exception is if you draw a face-up locomotive (wild card), it automatically goes to the common holder. When building a new route, you may use any number of cards from the common train card holder and your hand to complete the route. The challenge is trying to coordinate with your teammate while not having all the information available. Especially if your teammate is not sharing his or her routes with you or is taking cards you need out of the common card holder or is just not much of a strategic thinker. End game is initiated when a team has four trains or less (either together or separately). You and your teammate are scored together collectively at the end of the game (including minuses for failed routes). Longest route gets a 10 point bonus, as does most tickets completed (you can earn both if you're lucky).

Also new to cooperative play are Himalayan Mountain Tunnels. These work like regular tunnels in the Europe, Nordic Countries and Switzerland editions, but with the added twist that you must turn over more cards from the train deck in order to complete them. Previous editions used a standard three card flip. Asia uses a variable 4-6 card flip, determined by the number written on that route on the board.

NEW RULES IN COMPETITIVE PLAY: Unlike cooperative play, in order to claim a Himalayan Mountain Tunnel, you need the usual cards of the same color (and/or locomotive wild cards), plus you must discard one additional card (of any color) for every "x" on the mountain route. These discarded cards are worth an extra 2 points each, but if you don't have enough cards to discard, you can't claim the mountain route. Longest route gets a 10 point bonus.

TWO MINOR COMPLAINTS: 1) As with Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries, some of the route tickets are hard to figure out, with the ending city given first, rather than the starting city. I think all routes should be listed with cities from left to right or top to bottom, not randomly. With my limited knowledge of Middle Eastern, Russian, and Asian geography, it makes it difficult to know where the tickets go. Also, since the game takes place in 1913, not all of the city names are the same as used today (Peking instead of Beijing, for example).

2) Japan is not shown on the cooperative map, but thankfully, it is available on the competitive map. My friend's Japanese wife couldn't believe that her country was not included on the coop map, and not better represented on the competitive map. It's definitely the most disappointing feature of this set, as Japan is one of the first countries most people think of when they think of Asia. Maybe a Japan-only expansion will be coming in the future, like the India-only one already scheduled for release in December 2011. If so, it makes more sense that Japan was shortchanged in this set, but it's still lame. On a related note, The Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia are completely absent from both maps, either because they are too far from the mainland to ferry to or for space considerations.

Regardless of these nitpicks, if you love Ticket To Ride, this Asia Map Pack is another winner in this amazing series. Definitely a worthy addition to your Ticket collection!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an expansion set, not a standalone game (hence, the lower price). It does not include the plastic trains (except the additional ones required for team play), nor does it include the train cards. You will need one of the following games to get the required pieces: Ticket To Ride or Ticket To Ride - Europe. While Ticket To Ride - Marklin has these pieces, the plastic trains are not all the same color as the previous sets and there are a bunch of Marklin-only passenger cards you'll need to remove from the train card deck. Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries has all the train cards, but it is only for 3 players max, and again, the plastic train colors don't match previous sets. So you'll want either the original (North America) version or the European one in order to make use of this new Asia map pack. Keep this in mind for Ticket To Ride India: Map Collection - Volume 2 and other map pack only expansions.
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on August 15, 2013
I recently purchased this map expansion pack for Ticket To Ride and it is excellent. Specifically the team play board is awesome. We had never tried any of our previous TTR board games in a team based manner (I presume there is a way to do this as a variant in all or some of the other versions available out there), however one side of this expansion is dedicated to team play and the rules for that side of the board are explicitly written for team play, and it is brilliant.

We had a couple of 3 team games and everyone absolutely loved it. The game play and strategy has exciting dynamic and is tension filled throughout. Needless to say we have not even opened the ticket deck for the flip side single player map as everyone wants more team play.

For extra fun before we start a game we put two train cars of each team color into a hat and then everyone has a turn to blind draw out a train to see what color team they will be on. That alone is a blast to see who you will be partnered with.

In conclusion: I highly recommend this expansion for all TTR fans out there. This is a must have expansion for your TTR collection.
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on February 6, 2012
Ticket to Ride Asia brings a great dynamic to the game with team play. I enjoyed the America and expansions, Europe and Swiss games, but they don't match up to the team play in this edition. Best part is that if you don't want to do the team play you have the other side of the board for a different solo game play. Great addition for anyone who likes the Ticket to Ride game.
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Enthusiast: Kids & Parentingon December 28, 2016
A great team version of Ticket to Ride with a feeling comparable to trick taking card games.

Bring all that associated fun a frustration to Ticket to Ride adding the capacity to support a 6th player(!).
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on January 4, 2015
This is a GREAT addition to the Ticket to Ride game series! My family especially enjoys the team player aspect on the reversible game board (individual play on one side; flip the board over to play a team version of the game). Yes, it's true that for some reason Japan isn't included on either board, but once you get over that the game is still fun. Reminder: this is an expansion version of the game. You need another version of Ticket to Ride to be able to play this one; otherwise you won't have enough cards or trains. My family uses the cards and trains from Ticket to Ride Europe.
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on February 26, 2016
This is a fun expansion to the Ticket to Ride games. I bought this one primarily because my 6 year-old loves geography and is interested in Asia. He has loved playing this version with me. The team game variant is ok if you like games that require some cooperation, otherwise, this game really doesn't add anything new from the original game.
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on January 16, 2016
This was purchased as a gift. We ended up playing the team version and it was so much fun! It's a great way to get a few more people in, and the team one is actually quite a challenge. Definitely recommend this for any lovers of TTR or TTR Europe! Note, you do need to have either the original or Europe version of the game in order to play this.
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on June 4, 2016
This was a great addition to our Ticket to Ride collection. As others have said, this is an expansion and you need a Ticket to Ride game with all the necessary playing pieces. This particular expansion is two sided. Each side has different rules for play, with one side being for team play. However, you can also choose to play using the standard rules (we do this to make it easier for our younger children, 6 and 8, to play as well). The extra features (team play/tunnels) just give the opportunity to try a new twist.

Ticket to Ride has become a family favorite game. Because your destinations are different each time, it keeps the game interesting. Also our kids are learning geography and strategy skills. They love "exploring" new places. The Asia board is fairly comprehensive, surprising us with far across Asia the board covers. The two sided board just gives us even more geography (and history) to explore.

We highly recommend the Ticket to Ride game series!
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on December 25, 2011
OK, I admit it...I love boardgames as it's a great way to spend time with family and friends. My favorite series by far is TTR and this new board has two interesting versions to play: Legendary Asia which was one of the winners of the TTR contest earlier this year and the Team Asia map. The game play is similar to previous maps, except for the addition of extra train costs for mountain passes, the added cost checking for tunnels (it varies on the board from the regular 3 up to 6!) and the inclusion of triple routes instead of single or double.

It is a great and fun addition to the series! Be aware that this is an expansion, so you need one of the original games to play as this version does not have the train cards or trains needed to play the game. It does come with some interesting wooden card holders, but we just like holding & hoarding the cards in our hands :)

This version is good for 2-6 players, for all ages in my house (but box says 8+), and takes 30-60 minutes to play. The first couple of plays will definitely take longer until you become familiar with the city names and their location on the board.

Can't wait for Volume 2!
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on August 12, 2016
Bought this for a friend, they love this game and Amazon.com has a WAY better price than anywhere in Canada!
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