Combining the simplicity of set-collection with the fascination of the railways, Ticket to Ride is a wonderful introduction to the world of board-gaming.
In Ticket to Ride, players collect train cards in an effort to obtain sets of certain colors. The color and number of each set determine which routes on the map a player can claim for their own. Claiming routes routes yields victory points – and the player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner.
Ticket to Ride is one of those game which is easy to teach and play, yet supports a deeper strategy than it initially appears. Destination cards give bonus points to player for completing certain routes. These routes are hidden from the other players, but even so – blocking becomes a common tactic as players learn the deeper strategies. Do you claim your routes in an effort to fulfill your own destination cards, or steal that route from an opponent to deny them their own goals? Decisions like this are a classic conundrum, and the hallmark of a great game.
The basic version of Ticket to Ride includes a map of the United States, and as an added bonus to the game, players get a lesson in geography. Other versions of the game include Europe, Germany and the Nordic regions – all with their unique maps and some additional rules to add some diversity to the games.
The game is easy to setup and teach – and games rarely last longer than an hour.
If you don’t have one of these games in your collection, you are missing out. Ticket to Ride is that unique type of game which appeals to both the “gamer” and “gamer-to-be” alike.