Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.People who read Purple Pawn know that my family and I are big Ticket to Ride fans. Especially my 8-year-old son. So when the Nederland map pack arrived for review, we were pretty excited.

The map, of course, is of the Netherlands, and is mostly double-tracks. The gimmick of this map is that every double-track costs a certain amount of tokens to claim. The first person to claim a double-track pays this fee directly to the bank. The next person pays the person who first claimed the section of track. You see, unlike other Ticket to Ride maps, both routes on a double-track section can be claimed no matter the amount of players. The players with the most tokens at the end of the game earn sizable bonuses. Don’t have enough tokens to claim a section? Take a loan card. It’s worth -5 points, and automatically drops you out of the running for end-of-the-game bonuses.

tt_nederland_boxWhat we really liked about this map is that there’s room to move, though very hard to get were you need to go without paying somebody some tokens. It’s also a VERY high scoring map. There’s no doubt that most players will be lapping the score track, possibly twice.

Overall Days of Wonder doesn’t fail to deliver on yet another great addition to the Ticket to Ride family. Just remember that you’ll need a copy of Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride: Europe to use this map pack.

A copy of Ticket to Ride: Nederland was provided free for review by Days of Wonder