Ticket to Ride arrives on Alexa

“Alexa, launch Ticket to Ride” turns Amazon’s voice assistant into a rulebook, companion or even additional player for Asmodee’s best-selling board game

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 15.11.2019 | Products

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Amazon and Days of Wonder are changing how players experience board games by introducing the first official Alexa skills for Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe.

The Alexa skill – app-like add-ons to the voice assistant – is available for free to welcome new and experienced players aboard. These skills replace the rule books by taking players on a guided experience of the games and offer the option to use it as an additional player. Both skills are available now in English and French languages in the United States, United Kingdom and France.
“Ticket to Ride is a fast-paced, immersive board game experience that is now being elevated by voice,” says Joe Balzarini, Director, Alexa Skills. “We’re thrilled to be working with Days of Wonder to bring these skills to life and provide customers with an immersive, interactive voice gaming experience.”
After saying, “Alexa, launch Ticket to Ride” or “Alexa, launch Ticket to Ride Europe”, players are taken on a guided journey from setup to the end of the game. No matter players’ experience level, the skills offer new ways to play and learn. For those new to the game, they offer full rules walkthroughs during play sessions, while veteran players can skip the walkthroughs and use other helpful tools that are part of the experience.
The skills adapt to the number of players and track their remaining trains, the longest route, points, and more. They also act as an additional player for groups looking for an extra person or anyone who wants to get in a solo game against the skill itself. While each player takes their turn, the skills provide thematic background music and sound effects to immerse everyone in the world of Ticket to Ride.
Adrien Martinot, Head of Days of Wonder, adds: “Working with Amazon to bring the Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe Skills to Alexa-enabled devices has been exciting. We believe this is a great way for players to discover these classic games for the first time or in an amazing new way.”
Additional languages and territories will be supported soon to ensure players around the world can learn and play Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Europe like never before.

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