“To grow older means having more time to enjoy board games with good friends.”
Have you played Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder? It is a board game created by Alan R. Moon. This beautifully designed game has won many game awards including the 2005 International Gamer Award. Since August 2008, according to its publisher, over 750,000 copies have sold.
Board Game: Ticket to Ride…”the cross-country train adventure game…players compete to connect different CITIES by laying claim to railway routes on a map of North America.” (Reference credit:Game Information Flyer)
Using the railway theme, the players use many different colored trains to build their routes through different North American cities. There are eight colored trains and each represent a certain type of train car. For example, the black trains represent the Hopper car, white trains the Reefer car, orange the Tanker car, purple, the Freight car, yellow, the boxcar, red, the coal car, blue, the passenger car and green, the caboose.
Color trains connecting city to city: Red= Coal car…Yellow= Box car…Blue= Passenger car…Green= Caboose car
Briefly, the game can have 2-5 players, ages 8 and older and playtime is approximately an hour that includes set up time. The only skills required to play is be able to collect cards and connect the train cars to their own secret destinations. The three destination cards at the beginning of the game tell each player what route they need to complete.
Destination Tickets: Kept a secret until the end of the game…
A player’s collection of train cards.
The player secretly begins to complete each of their destination routes by picking train cards from a common deck.
One can only complete a track with the right colored train cards and exact amount for each colored space on the board. For example, you must have three yellow train cards in your hand to lay three of your colored trains on three yellow spaces on the board. You still with me?
A cross-country adventure…players collect cards enabling “them to claim railway routes connecting CITIES throughout North America.” (Credit: Game flyer)
In order to keep this post simple, the winner is the player that collects the most completed routes. Completed routes are worth points–the longer and more difficult the route, the greater the points gained. The game ends when a player uses or nearly uses all his/her supply of colored train pieces. During the game, the player that builds the longest continuously connected set of routes receives a bonus of ten extra points.
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If my poor explanation in playing this game has left you bewildered, my apologies. This is one of those board games, I believe, needs active playtime as you learn all the rules of the game.
Now, you are probably wondering why I am carrying on about a board game when the theme for Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST is City.
Well, surprise! As you have noticed, Ticket to Ride has players building routes through different North American cities. There are other installments to this train series including Ticket to Ride Europe and Germany.
There you have it…my North American cities…all on one neat board game. Toot-Toot!!
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Do you have a favorite city you would love to visit or better yet, afford to move and live for an extended period?
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