Originally Posted by StoOgE
Has anyone played the India and China maps?
I'm fairly interested in picking them up, but my experience with TTR maps not in the US is taking 5 minutes to figure out where the cities are.
Played the "team Asia" map last weekend with one experienced player & two noobs. We split the noobs between us to make it fair-ish ;)
For background, I've played a *ton* of TtR & its variations; love Big Cities most on the USA map & Nordic for 2 player, mildly dislike Europe's mechanics, really dislike Switzerland's ticket rush.
Really enjoyed the team game. Shared routes + train cards works well, with some simple strategy of making it clear what you're doing outside of those shared routes without being explicit (as that's not allowed). The reduced number of trains per person makes the game end come around quickly if you're not watching.
The "Team Asia" map had some interesting rule tweaks - each tunnel has a number printed on it showing the cards drawn for matches instead of the usual fixed 3, and connections with 2 or 3 routes to grab are funky in that both team partners can grab them to block the opposing team (with a 3 connection route, there will still be one available even if the opp grabs 2).
I liked it & will likely buy it over the other map pack with Switzerland in it - disliked that setup the more I played it & glad I cashed out ahead of the re-release.
Oh & one very cool thing - the route cards showing cities are *leaps & bounds* above every other edition. They show a much better representation of the overall map & position of the two cities for the route. Flip it to the correct orientation for your position around the table & you're sorted. Seriously, *way* better than previous games IMO.