We’re midway through the $10,000 Ticket to Ride Map Design Contest. During the submission phase hundreds of entries poured into our Paris and California offices. The variety of entries was impressive; but after many hours spent reviewing the submissions we were able to narrow them down to those that were so intriguing we just had to play test them. All their authors have been contacted and we’ve received their complete maps.
We’re now in the midst of reviewing and playing these “finalists” and are quite excited by what we’ve seen. No matter which map ultimately wins, Ticket to Ride fans will be in for a treat once they get to play it this fall. While the winning designer will be selected and contacted before the end of June, we’re keeping the winning map under wraps until we reveal the new Ticket to Ride Map Collection in October.
A Few Map Design Contest Stats…
Number of entries: 612 total
Number of countries we received submissions from: 40
Top 5 submitting countries: US, France, Canada, Germany, UK
Most popular map theme: Outer Space/Mars/Moon – 64 entries!
Most “unexpected” theme ideas: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour, Atlantis, The Underground Railroad, American Civil War, Transylvania and Human Anatomy.