How is the balance if you play Germany without passengers? This might be a very good pick up, if you can play with and without passengers. For nongamers you play normal Ticket to Ride, for gamers you play with passengers.
But how is the balance? I've read that the balance in Zug um Zug Deutschland, wasn't very good. The missing passengers from Ticket to Ride Marklin makes the gamescoring a bit unbalanced.
So i' m a little worried if I play this game without passengers. I understand I can play it, but is the game in balance?
I've compared the rules from Ticket to Ride Germany with Deutschland. And the tickets values seems a little different.
Does anyone have a idea?
My opinion (after having played ZuZ: Deutschland a couple of times) is that the map itself is unbalanced, with long, high-scoring track in the east and short, time-consuming track in the west. Thus there has to be some compensation. Does the passenger mechanic from either Märklin or Germany give that compensation? Maybe and probably!
That is, when playing the map without any passengers, the tickets or bonus points must be very cleverly designed to make the game balanced.