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Seems there is a new unannounced Ticket to Ride coming - (rumor is it is a Target Exclusive) - as some Targets leaked them early this weekend. See a picture of the board (below in Lee's posting) or by checking out this tweet:

https://twitter.com/jamesNbeaumont/status/757548409041498112

It's for ages 6+
2-4 players
plays is 15-30 mins
Cost $35

You can also find the DoW page (still being worked out on) here:




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TtR is a pretty simple game to begin with. I'm skeptical about how necessary this is.
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My seven year old will love this.
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MD1616 wrote:
TtR is a pretty simple game to begin with. I'm skeptical about how necessary this is.


The main element that will be beneficial is the playing time. TTR can get long for younger kids especially at higher player counts. 4-5 players is too long for my adult self with TTR frankly.
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jedimusic wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
TtR is a pretty simple game to begin with. I'm skeptical about how necessary this is.


The main element that will be beneficial is the playing time. TTR can get long for younger kids especially at higher player counts. 4-5 players is too long for my adult self with TTR frankly.

This↑ and the board will definitely capture a child's attention more than the original. And fewer routes means less overwhelming for young eyes. I'm more excited for this release than for any other since the original.
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MD1616 wrote:
TtR is a pretty simple game to begin with. I'm skeptical about how necessary this is.
Do you know six-year-olds who play Ticket to Ride?
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The website is not yet ready:
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Put here a text from Alan where he presents the FIRST JOURNEY game

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I don't know about anyone else, but I'm excited about this version. When I saw this post yesterday afternoon, I immediately drove to my local Target to see if they had copies. Sadly, they didn't. I may try again today though!

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From what I can see on the board and in the rules on the blurred photo:

- No score track.
- Win by completing X tickets (probably completed tickets are open).
- 1 train color fewer.
- No gray routes.
- Ticket endpoints are probably indicated by icons used on the board so no reading required.
- Just 2 actions: draw train cards or build route, so probably new tickets are drawn directly after completing one.
- No open train cards, only random draw.
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My seven year old will love this.


When my son was 7 he was fine with regular Ticket to Ride. He's 8 now and he's played Original, Europe, and Switzerland without issue. We actually played Europe last night in our closest game ever. The difference between 1st and third was 8 points. My son wins at least as much as my wife. In the USA version we always play Mega version and he has won using different strategies. So he's definitely figured it out.

It really only took about 3 times playing it with us helping and explaining for him to figure it out. It may take your child a little time to get all the strategy but it's a game that can still be fun playing with kids. We don't actively block though and it's still fun for everyone. When my son does get blocked he learned that part of the fun is rerouting. It's like a puzzle and really helps with critical thinking and being flexible in your thinking.
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lfisher wrote:
Invalid tweet.


Is that a whale in Salt Lake City?
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alanrmoon wrote:
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm excited about this version. When I saw this post yesterday afternoon, I immediately drove to my local Target to see if they had copies. Sadly, they didn't. I may try again today though!

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lol so did I. I even felt kind of bad when I asked the nice lady if they had copies in the back, but she wouldn't go look.
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If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.

The art looks great, and I assume it will sell well.
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clydeiii wrote:
MD1616 wrote:
TtR is a pretty simple game to begin with. I'm skeptical about how necessary this is.
Do you know six-year-olds who play Ticket to Ride?


Yes.
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JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

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Is that a whale in Salt Lake City?




I asked the same question when I saw the art. Do a search for Salt Lake City and whale and you'll understand.

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alanrmoon wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

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When you say "Target Exclusive" how does that impact other countries, like Canada? Target doesn't exist here any more and even when it did, its board game selection was pretty terrible (i.e. didn't even carry TTC classic).

Am I going to be able to get this without ordering it from the US?
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From what I can see on the board and in the rules on the blurred photo:

- No score track.
- Win by completing X tickets (probably completed tickets are open).
- 1 train color fewer.
- No gray routes.
- Ticket endpoints are probably indicated by icons used on the board so no reading required.
- Just 2 actions: draw train cards or build route, so probably new tickets are drawn directly after completing one.
- No open train cards, only random draw.



Very close. There are two less colors though.

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NinjaMike wrote:
alanrmoon wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

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When you say "Target Exclusive" how does that impact other countries, like Canada? Target doesn't exist here any more and even when it did, its board game selection was pretty terrible (i.e. didn't even carry TTC classic).

Am I going to be able to get this without ordering it from the US?




Unfortunately, I don't know the answer. You'll have to ask someone at Days Of Wonder.

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alanrmoon wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

Alan R. Moon

I'm aware that at times Target exclusive just makes sense for a company. Honestly, however, I don't believe it would have needed to have been delayed at all. Sure, Days of Wonder is guaranteed a certain amount of sales immediately, but this is a game that would be hot anywhere.

A brand new game, maybe. A game with TTR in the title, a different story.

My First Carcassonne and My First Stone Age sell like crazy, and a Jr TTR would only sell faster.

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alanrmoon wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

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I realize I never mentioned I am a retailer, and my point is certainly biased in that direction. Starting as a Target exclusive means I will sell zero for a while, and then will sell a lot less later than otherwise. To me, that is too bad.

It might be in DoW's best interest to begin with an exclusive, just as it might be in a store's best interest to not promote the game as heavily once it hits regular distribution.

Every time a publisher does something to bypass retailers, hackles are raised. I just believe your game is too popular to have gone this route.

I'm not saying it's wrong. As a whole, this is good news, and I will certainly stock it when the time comes.
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alanrmoon wrote:
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Is that a whale in Salt Lake City?




I asked the same question when I saw the art. Do a search for Salt Lake City and whale and you'll understand.

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More than that... A stegosaur in Denver?
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alanrmoon wrote:
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Is that a whale in Salt Lake City?




I asked the same question when I saw the art. Do a search for Salt Lake City and whale and you'll understand.

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More than that... A stegosaur in Denver?


I happen to be in Colorado now, and there are lots of museums and exhibits and general homages to dinosaurs. There are some fossil hotspots out here.
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JRietveld wrote:
alanrmoon wrote:
JRietveld wrote:
If it really is Target only, that's too bad. Good games deserve more exposure.



Not at all. If Target hadn't been interested, the game might not have come out for years, if ever. So their interest has given the game exposure, not reduced it. Plus, it's only a Target exclusive for a certain time period. Plus, there are all sorts of other "greater" business considerations involved.

Alan R. Moon

I'm aware that at times Target exclusive just makes sense for a company. Honestly, however, I don't believe it would have needed to have been delayed at all. Sure, Days of Wonder is guaranteed a certain amount of sales immediately, but this is a game that would be hot anywhere.

A brand new game, maybe. A game with TTR in the title, a different story.

My First Carcassonne and My First Stone Age sell like crazy, and a Jr TTR would only sell faster.





Jeff, I understand why as a retailer you feel the way you do. But let me say again, the game would not have appeared now, nor any time soon, if Target did not want it as an exclusive.

I expect MY FIRST JOURNEY to be around for a long time, so I hope your sales over the next 10-20 years will make up for any lost sales in these first few months.

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