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Title: Game: Ticket To Ride (2-5 Players)
Post by: Guy Ouellette on November 05, 2010, 12:39:16 PM
The game of Ticket To Ride
This is the thread to discuss the game of Ticket To Ride, any variants, likes, dislikes, etc.

With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in 3 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

"The rules are simple enough to write on a train ticket – each turn you either draw more cards, claim a route, or get additional Destination Tickets," says Ticket to Ride author, Alan R. Moon. "The tension comes from being forced to balance greed – adding more cards to your hand, and fear – losing a critical route to a competitor."

Ticket to Ride continues in the tradition of Days of Wonder's big format board games featuring high-quality illustrations and components including: an oversize board map of North America, 225 custom-molded train cars, 144 illustrated cards, and wooden scoring markers.

Since its introduction and numerous subsequent awards, Ticket to Ride has become the BoardGameGeek epitome of a "gateway game" -- simple enough to be taught in a few minutes, and with enough action and tension to keep new players involved and in the game for the duration.

Part of the Ticket to Ride series (

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Ticket to Ride (

Ticket to Ride Europe (
Ticket to Ride: Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you'll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. More than just a new map, Ticket to Ride: Europe features brand new gameplay elements including Tunnels, Ferries and Train Stations. The game also includes larger format cards and Train Station game pieces.

Like the original Ticket to Ride, the game remains elegantly simple, can be learned in 5 minutes, and appeals to both families and experienced gamers. Ticket to Ride: Europe is a complete, new game and does not require the original version.

Part of the Ticket to Ride series.

Ticket to Ride Marklin (
Ticket to Ride - Märklin Edition is the third installment in Days of Wonder's best-selling Ticket to Ride series. The board for the Märklin Edition is based on a map of Germany and each individual card in the deck depicts a different Märklin Trains model. A DVD introducing players to the Märklin line of model trains is included.

Passenger figures are used to pick up merchandise tokens worth different numbers of points along the routes that they claim.

The player who completes the most destination tickets receives a 10 point bonus (instead of the base game's longest route bonus).

Part of the Ticket to Ride series.

Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries (
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries takes you on a Nordic adventure through Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as you travel to the great northern cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm.

This version was initially available only in the Nordic Countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland; a worldwide limited-edition release occurred in August 2008.

Part of the Ticket to Ride series.

Ticket to Ride Switzerland (
Officially an expansion that works with either Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Switzerland requires the train pieces and train cards from the above mentioned original games to work. It comes with a new board, 46 new destination cards and a set of rules (in several languages) to create a new game. The Ticket to Ride: Switzerland map and rules first appeared as an exclusive map for the Ticket to Ride computer game. In addition to being specifically designed for a smaller numbers of players the map has several new features. Locomotive cards are used exclusively for tunnels (which work as they do in Ticket to Ride: Europe). Some destination cards have an end point inside Switzerland and other possible ends in adjacent countries (the value of the completed card is based on the farthest possible connection completed). There are also destination cards for connections between adjacent countries.

Ticket to Ride USA 1910 (
Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 is a card expansion for the original Ticket to Ride boardgame, winner of the 2004 Spiel des Jahres. It contains 181 large format cards (the same size as Ticket to Ride: Europe and Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition). This includes 35 new 1910 Destination Tickets, a GlobeTrotter Bonus card for completing the most tickets, 4 Mystery Train Destination Tickets originally provided in the Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train Expansion expansion, and a complete replacement deck of the 141 cards from the original game deck (30 Destination Tickets (4 cards have a reduced value from Ticket to Ride), 110 Train Cards, and 1 Longest Route Bonus Card (Trans America Express)).

The rulebook is from the original game designer Alan R. Moon that gives you three additional different ways to play the game:

    * The 1910 Rules: Played as the standard Ticket to Ride, but using only the 1910 Destination Tickets, and GlobeTrotter Bonus card.
    * The Big Cities Rules: Played with only the newly identified 35 "Big City" Destination Tickets (15 Standard Tickets, 19 1910 Tickets, and 1 Mystery Train Ticket).
    * The Mega Game: featuring all of the game's Destination Tickets and Bonus Cards (30 Standard Tickets, 35 1910 Tickets, 4 Mystery Train Tickets, and both Bonus cards).

Ticket to Ride Europe 1912 (
The Ticket to Ride Europa 1912 expansion for the Ticket to Ride series includes 101 Destination Tickets - the 46 original tickets, plus 55 new ones that enable 3 new variants to the Ticket to Ride Europe map: Europe Expanded, which adds 19 new routes to the original 46; Big Cities of Europe, with tickets to 9 major European cities; and Mega Europe, which uses all the new routes as well as the 46 original Destination Tickets.

This expansion also introduces Warehouses & Depots - new game rules and pieces that create an additional strategic layer and can be played with any of the Ticket to Ride maps. Wooden Train Depots are placed on cities selected by each player. Throughout the game, each player's Warehouse will accumulate Train cards and those who have the foresight, clever timing, or just plain good fortune to build a route to a Depot can make off with a fistful of Train cards. Depot placement and skillful Warehouse tactics become a key part of a winning Ticket to Ride strategy!

Ticket to Ride Dice Expansion (
In this expansion for the Ticket to Ride series, players still attempt to complete their Destination Tickets and claim routes and block each other on the map. But rather than draw and collect Train cards, they roll five custom Train dice each turn.

Depending on the outcome they can re-roll some or all, then use the dice to claim routes on the board; grab Route Tokens for future use; or draw more Destination Tickets.

For board maps that feature Tunnel routes, such as Ticket to Ride: Europe, 3 Tunnel dice are also included.

This expansion requires trains, Destination Tickets and a board map from any of the Ticket to Ride series.
    * Ticket to Ride
    * Ticket to Ride: Europe
    * Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition
    * Ticket to Ride: Switzerland
    * Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

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Nordic Countries (
Europe 1912 (
Dice Expansion (
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Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Dana_Tillusz on November 06, 2010, 04:11:15 PM
We over-played this puppy years ago because it was a fun game. You really need to use the 1910 USA expansion if you play the main Ticket alot. I find it is too easy to see where your fellow players are building towards without the expansion (oh, there goes Chad again trying to get to Phoenix...).

Ticket to Ride:  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :5: :0: :0:

Ticket to Ride Europe:  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :0: :0:
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Matt Robertson on November 08, 2010, 10:03:55 AM
Shouldn't these be separate game entries so the ratings could be tracked differently? 
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Guy Ouellette on November 08, 2010, 01:14:00 PM
Hum I guess so.  Will get to it this week. There are expansion to a few of them but the others are Separate indeed  ok thanks
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Jason Schmidt on December 16, 2010, 09:18:49 AM
Ticket to Ride:  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :5: :0: :0: :0: 6.5/10
Ticket to Ride 1910:  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :5: :0: :0: :0: 6.5/10

I enjoy Ticket to Ride, but I think we over played it when we first got it. Now that I've played heavier games I'm kind of tired of it. I dislike the limited interaction between players in this with 2-3 players. I like it a lot better if I can get 4+ to play. The 1910 cards help. The quality of the game components is high.
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: vonMoltke on March 12, 2011, 03:09:29 PM
Just discovered this game. Tons of fun. Looking forward to the expansions.
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Matt Robertson on March 12, 2011, 03:20:13 PM
Just discovered this game. Tons of fun. Looking forward to the expansions.

This is a great game. If you want to try another Railway game called "Railways of the World", let me know. That is currently our favourite rail game.
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: Jon on March 30, 2011, 11:32:23 AM
Ticket to Ride is a game I always come back to. It is pretty much always good for those new to board games and yet, as a gamer myself, I feel it offers me a lot of fun and re-playability. After 63 plays I would NEVER turn it down. I rate it a  :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :1: :0:
Title: Re: Game: Ticket To Ride
Post by: The Captain on April 02, 2011, 05:40:46 PM
I love Days of Wonder games they make top notch games with great art and theme. But I don't love Ticket to Ride. TTR is a solid game and it is one of the games that my whole family likes to play. One thing that bugs me about Ticket to Ride is there always seems to be a run away leader. Now this could be the groups I play with :( . Most groups I play with don't really care what anyone else is doing in the game, there just focused on there own goals. So because of this the game can come off a bit flat. This weekend I bought Trans America I think its a better game I like the speed of the game and the fact that you can use other peoples tracks. I also like the Vexation expansion that comes free in the box it adds some interesting choices to the game. TTR will always have a spot on my gaming shelf but now that I have Trans America I feel that TTR will get less and less play.

I give Ticket to Ride a 6 out of 10  :)