Six days ago on Days of Wonder’s Instagram page, we got a small tease about the upcoming Ticket to Ride legacy board game, and finally got more info from Days of Wonder and Asmodee about what is being prepared in our favorite train depot.
Ticket to Ride: Legends of the West, the highly anticipated legacy board game, is a collaborative effort between Alan R. Moon, the original creator of Ticket to Ride, and the acclaimed duo behind Pandemic Legacy: Rob Daviau and Matt Leacock. All three designers are winners of the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.
The game’s development started back in 2016, allowing ample time for the trio to meticulously fine-tune its every aspect. Their primary objective was to seamlessly introduce new mechanics without destroying the ones found in the original game. After all, despite the new format, it should still feel and play at least a little like any other Ticket to Ride game.
The trio was keen on avoiding rushed decisions or changes that could potentially disrupt the overall gameplay experience. It’s universally known that nobody likes rushed games – just ask any video gamer.
All aboard the hype express!
The game will take players on a 12-part journey across North America as 19th-century pioneers. They will face numerous new and old challenges, including each other. That is right, the new game, just like the previous ones, will be a versus match, not a cooperative adventure like Pandemic Legacy.
While not a lot is revealed about the new mechanic, we can judge from the content of the box that it includes new and previously unused mechanics in the Ticket to Ride series.
Content of the Box:
- 13 Frontier Boards
- 280 Plastic Train Cars
- 1 Campaign Box
- 84 Train Cards
- 33 Tickets
- 7 Event Cards
- 6 Newspaper Cards
- 77 Postcards
- 1 Story Deck
- 5 Company Boxes
- 8 Frontier Boxes
- 1 Conductor’s Toolbox
- 1 Rules Booklet
A match will last between 20 and 90 minutes, depending on the number of players, and the game will be suitable for ages 10 and up. As the players progress through the campaign, new regions, gameplay mechanics, and story events will emerge, making each playthrough unique. Once done with the legacy stuff, the game map will double as an ordinary Ticket to Ride map, suitable for standard non-legacy matches.
Ticket to Ride: Legends of the West will be featured at GenCon between August 3rd and 5th before being released on the Asmodee webstore and in local game stores on November 3rd for a whopping $119.99.