"Ticket To Ride"/ "Settlers of Catan"/"Memoir '44" Questions
Ok, sort of a question to those "boad game cognoscenti" in the forums here--
I'm a board game noob. I played "Formula De" fanatically in a league about 5 years ago, but I've never really played any of the other classics like Catan or Carc (although I bought Carc and Carc Castles a few years ago... never played them).
I recently downloaded the XBLA demo of TICKET, and really enjoyed the presentation and the game mechanics. It actually got me interested in buying a copy of the physical game, which led me to the Days Of Wonder website and the online version.
So I guess my question is, which version of the game should I buy?
The actual games are WAY too expensive, especially when you consider each and every variation costs $50 or so... I don't know a lot of people who I would actually game with, so that makes me think it'll end up staying in the closet most of the time. I know buying the box gives you an access code to the online game, though.
The XBLA game seems decent enough, although I currently don't have a "gold" subscription. The price is much cheaper, and they seem willing to offer add on tracks and rules (I think the Europe game just came out). The drawback seems to be that... well, you're forced to play with LIVE subscribers... and I'm not sure if there is an option to play against bots/computer controlled players. I'd probably spend most time playing it by myself in order to not look like a chump.
That leaves the official version reviewed here previously by Elysium. The DoW version seems to offer three different sets (USA, Europe, Switzerland), has bots, seems to look a lot less crowded than the XBLA version... I'm not sure what other pluses or minuses this version may have. Looks like you only get a year of online play before you have to pay for another subscription.