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Rewards Planning and Patience
on December 21, 2014
Other reviews probably give a better overview of the rules. They are basic: draw matching cards, play them to make trains. This is a simple game to play, and does not punish the novice for participating. However, that does not mean it is easy to win.
To understand the game, here are a few salient points of strategy:
1) Resources come in the form of randomized cards, and there is no maximum hand size. Resource control, or card advantage, is an important part of many games, and the game rewards you most greatly for holding out to lay larger sections of track at once.
2) Your gameplay is mostly dictated by the ticket cards you must choose between at the beginning of the game. If you do not carefully plan ahead at this stage, you will lose to the person who has done so. This game does not reward spontaneity, but planning and diligence.
3) Certain portions of the board easily crowd. Your actions will conflict with other players' actions. Other portions crowd more slowly, but once a route is closed off, there are few other options.
4) Do not rely on the ticket cards to win you the game. Pay attention to other ways to score.
5) This game is not chess. It is highly random and sometimes frustrating. Play it for the company.