Most people have heard of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). With the release of Ticket To Ride 10th Anniversary Edition, I suffered from FIMI (Fuck, I Missed It). The 10th anniversary edition included classic U.S. Map Ticket to Ride, the 1910 expansion, a 50% larger game map, and some sweet custom trains. It felt like it came and went in a blink of an eye and, of course, the secondary market price skyrocketed to at least 5x it's MSRP. Alas, I said to myself “Fuck, I Missed It.”
Fast forward five years and I came across the 15th Anniversary edition of Ticket To Ride: Europe at my local game store. Much like it's 10th anniversary brethren it came with a 50% larger map of Europe (now with new illustrations), five unique sets of trains with spiffy and color specific tins, and (most importantly) no secondary market price gouging.
As a stand-alone release, the 15th anniversary edition is a pretty sweet deal. You aren't going to need to pick-up the 1912 Expansion since it includes all 108 Destination tickets that have been released and the 15 train stations. The train stations are TTR: Europe's “One new mechanism we add to any TTR expansion” which allows you to access other player's routes to stop you from being blocked out of a destination. The custom scoring marker's give a little corporate individualism (now that is a oxymoron) to the color you choose. You would easily spend the price of this release just putting together normal versions of TTR:E, so with the over-sized map and custom trains, it is no surprise I walked out of the store with this.
But the thing is, I didn't just buy TTR 15th Anniversary edition as a stand alone. I have the TTR: India and Switzerland expansion/map, TTR Japan Expansion (which is really fantastic, I should review that) along with the standalones TTR USA and TTR Germany. So, one of the secondary reasons I picked this up was so that I could have a deluxe-a-fied version of TTR to use with the expansions and base games that I own. I don't have to use those silly 1.75” x 2.75” mini-cards from USA and the custom trains are an easy grab to use in an expansion since they are all in those beautiful little individual tins.
So, what could be considered the down sides to this release? Hmmm, well, it is NOT going sit beside it's Ticket to Ride siblings on the shelf. The box is larger (50% larger! Would be my guess.) and is just a smidge too big to reside on my current shelving solution. It's also the exact same set collection, train laying game it has always been. We have playing it down to a fine art at my household, with us breezing through games in (gasp!) the actual amount of time it lists on the side of the box! It never seems to be the first game someone suggests on family game night but it is one that no one has any objections to playing when we want something light and quick that we can have a conversation over without feeling you are missing out on playing the actual game.
This deluxe version of the timeless train tournament was exactly what I was looking for. Of course, you can also pick it up for the meta-game variant of “Will this quadruple in price in 5 years?"