The ‘70s sensation and BBC radio presenter, Annie Nightingale regaled an audience with tales of fashion, music, and social politics from yesteryear at a special launch event for Days of Wonder and Asmodee UK’s Ticket to Ride London edition last night.
To a backdrop of relics of London’s history of travel, Nightingale filled the London Transport Museum with stories of the pop culture scene of the 1970s, recounts of the glam rockers, the punk movement and her one time encounter with David Bowie.
One of the BBC’s longest-serving radio presenters and friend to some of the biggest names in rock and pop music of the last four decades, Nightingale’s guest appearance marked the official launch of the latest iteration of Asmodee’s multi-million top-selling Ticket to Ride gaming franchise, held at a special Board Game Club event.
It was Board Game Club co-founder Peter Jenkinson who shone the spotlight on Nightingale’s decades-spanning career during a Q&A session, while gamers, designers, and games industry media got hands on with the new launch.
Ticket to Ride London adopts a 1970s theme as players are challenged to make their way across London, somewhat of a monumental undertaking at the best of times.
The game marks the 18th ‘spin-off’ edition of the original Ticket to Ride, created in 2004 by Alan R Moon, that, with a slight variation to the rules and gaming mechanic delivers a punchier, quicker-to-play edition of the iconic game.
Ticket to Ride’s success now spans 15 years, over which it has been translated in 33 different languages and distributed in more than 40 countries around the world. The Spiel des Jahres winner has sold nine million copies globally and has even spawned an adventure TV game show that is now in development.
Guest star, Nightingale closed her Q&A session fittingly with a final word on London’s transport system some 40 years later, dryly stating that it isn’t much better today.