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Ticket To Ride
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on January 17, 2016
So here's the deal this game is super fun just like everybody says so don't think my less than 5 star review indicates anything but that. We play it as a family and both the parents and the kids get really into it. High play and replay-ability, quick to learn but a LIFETIME TO MASTER and all that stuff like you'd expect based on everyone raving about it.

Observations / suggestions / etc:
- Requires a fairly big surface area given lots of cards and lots of pieces are part of this game
- Gameplay is super fast, you can get around the horn very quickly (4 players can play in 30 seconds total if they all just draw cards), so don't think you're going to be getting up to get a drink after your turn or anything. Or checking phones seriously just put them away. Good to agree on a set "break time" or something
- Total game time is also pretty fast but not silly fast. An hour or 90 minutes or so.
- If you play with people who are sneaky you should think about wearing sunglasses so they can't see where you are looking on the board because it might give away your strategy if they could tell where you are focusing
- If you're playing against people who don't wear sunglasses try and watch their eyes so you can see where they are looking, it may give away their strategy and you can swoop in and take their routes and win the game that'll teach them
- The spot labeled Duluth is clearly in Minneapolis/St Paul and *everyone* who you play with from Minnesota will point it out
- I recommend some sort of "card holder" thing if you play with younger kids and/or people with smaller hands. We have some wooden boards with slots cut in them to hold cards and they help a ton in this game (and others). I put a picture of that up.

My only real critique of this game - and the reason it's 4 not 5 stars - is the board doesn't sit especially flat. You can see in the pictures I attached. At times you have what seems like a million little trains on the board and just having the board not sit flat makes it seem a bit cheap. This is all about MANUFACTURING quality however, not about GAMEPLAY quality.
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on March 31, 2015
Easy to learn and fun to play

Great conponents

Very family friendly and great for younger (8+) players

Make sure you keep up with your score well during the game, scoring at the end can be tedious, while the score keeper around the board dose help, and the score key on the bottom of the map is clear and consise, it can be a confusing mess. I highly recommend having a good score keeper if playing with younger kids.

The card size is rather small (mini European) sleves are available but will no longer fit in the card slot after sleeving, the 1910 expansion fixes this with larger cards

Trains are easily knocked around by unruly players

I know it may seem from my negative comments I'm bashing the game, im really not, no game is truly perfect but this one comes really close, it's great fun and easily accessible to even non gamers, a great gateway game for new players and still fun for experienced board game enthusiasts. In my opinion this is a game every family should own.
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on December 23, 2013
Better game than most. Not that hard to pick up on. I usually play with the 1910 rules substitution that the person with the most tickets completed gets 15 points instead of the one with the longest track, because it feels more thematic. I don't have 1910, so it's just a house rule to my base set.

Really, the game isn't that difficult to grasp and the strategy runs pretty deep. The longer you can wait before you do something the better off you are, but at the same time the longer you wait the more likely someone else is to do it before you. Sometimes the game can feel a bit slow when everyone spends turn after turn drawing cards, but on the whole it seems to go pretty fast most of the time.

It is a bit frustrating when you need one specific card and you keep drawing over and over and never get it, but otherwise it is pretty rewarding to see how the stuff you are doing is directly accomplishing your goals as you go along. Overall, luck doesn't have that big of an impact on the game and that makes it a pretty good game for serious game players.

Serious game players aren't going to really care what the theme is, but the less serious game players do care and particularly the younger ones and I think the train theme can appeal to a lot of those sorts of players, so I would say that TTR makes for a pretty good mixed company sort of game or for a family to all play together.

The most important things you want from a game, though, are going to be 1) doesn't drag on forever, 2) people don't hate each other after the game, and 3) that people don't feel their fates are completely dependent on luck. I think that TTR does a pretty good job of avoiding all of those pitfalls.
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on November 8, 2015
This is the best game out there for families with teens right now. It has 5 players, and when our extended family gets together it is a fight to see who will get to play. Everyone ages 10 to senior citizens in our house loves to play. It almost doesn't matter who wins, because you get that victory feeling each time you can complete a destination. It takes about an hour to play. Build problem solving and strategy making skills. An added bonus is that it really strengthens an understanding of where the major cities are located in the US.
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on May 28, 2013
I really enjoyed playing this game. It works well with only two players, so is one of few that is enjoyable for my husband and I to play by ourselves, but will also be good to play as our children get older and can join our games. The game can work for up to 5 players, but in practice, I have found that the board becomes very crowded with 5 and the game is much more cutthroat at that point.

The gameplay is extremely simple. Your goal: use your train pieces to make travel routes between destination cities. You start each game with three potential destination cards (drawn from a deck) and MUST choose two to begin.

Each turn, you can choose to do one of three things:
(1) Draw cards (used to make railroads)
(2) Make a railroad (by spending the appropriate number of cards) to connect your destinations
OR (3) Choose additional destination card(s).

Each completed destination card awards points. Failing to complete a destination card removes points. Each completed railroad section awards points (based on the length of the railroad). At the end of the game, the player with the longest continuous railway is awarded bonus points. And of course, the player with the most points wins.

Fairly simple rules. The strategy comes in balancing the different risks. Should I go ahead and claim the railroad I need now, or should I get the cards that I will need for the next section? If I place a railroad, will others guess where I am attempting to go and block me from proceeding? Should I attempt to get additional destination cards to increase my point total, or should I try to keep others from completing their destinations?

People who enjoy Carcassonne Basic Game and the The Settlers of Catan series will probably like this game as well.
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on January 19, 2017
We purchased this as a Christmas Gift for the family. It's challenging enough to keep adults entertained yet simple enough for children to play too. With so many different options there's literally hours of game play possible without repeating the same "game". If and when the original game gets monotonous, there are "expansion packs" to create new and more challenging game play. We bought the "1910 Expansion" but haven't opened it yet.
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on June 5, 2016
Great board game. If your tired of 'bored' games like Monopoly, Candyland, and Chutes and Ladders, but still want a fun family game you should check this out. I read lots of reviews and decided to give this one a try.

The game play last 30-45 minutes, setup is quick, and easy to learn. If you have all new players, playing the game one time should give you a good understanding. We had kids as young as 8 playing and it was fine. The strategy can change each time you play, or you may have to change during a game if your plans get blocked. With all the other options and addins this game series has we went with the original and figured we could branch out if we like it. I think we will be adding to the collection next winter, with more Ticket to ride games!
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on May 19, 2013
Monopoly, Yatzee, Clue, and some random party game. That's normally what you hear from "non-gamers" when they talk about board games and it's a crying shame that Ticket to Ride isn't mentioned since it deserves to mentioned with this old manstream classics and should have a spot on every families shelf.

Ticket to Ride's genuis comes in the form of its simplicity. The gameplay consists to gathering color train cards in order to claim a route between two cities. The color of the route along with the number of spaces all need to match with the cards played. The depth in the game comes in the form of ticket cards handed out at the begining of the game. This ticket cards reward bouns points to the player that can connect their cities on the ticket cards, but the player will be lossing points if they do not accomplish this goal. Players may also block others if they claim a route first. The other player must then decide to re-route his course inorder to accomplish their tickets. Points are also awarded whenever you claim a route based on the number of trains played from city to city. Points are then added or subtracted up at the end of the game from their tickets, bouns points giving out to the player with the longest train and the player with the most points win.

The game moves at a fast pace since there's very limited options to your turn. A player can cliam a route, gather 2 train cards, or get another ticket in hopes of getting more points. Since there's not many gameplay options there's very little downtime between plays and the game moves at a brisks pace.

Ticket to Ride is fun, easy to learn, and outstanding game that should be on everyones lips when they mention board games.
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on January 4, 2016
I first purchased this game in 2006 when my husband and I were dating. He is a locomotive engineer and train nut, and I saw this for the first time at a neat San Francisco game shop. I bought it and gave it to him as a Christmas gift. He loved it and we played it a lot while we were dating. It was fun to play with just the two of us or when we had a group of friends get together for a game night. You do have to think and develop a strategy to achieve success. It's great to play with two players or several. We have given this game as gifts to other families, and this one was purchased as a gift for a family with children who are 8 and 10. They love it too.
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on April 2, 2013
I think that Ticket to Ride is one of the best games out there. The idea of the game is to connect cities on the map using train cars that you collect. You start by receiving train route cards known as destination cards. There are certain colored tracks on the board that you have to play to begin connecting your train. If you connect your destinations with your trains, you earn the points for that card. You also receive points for each train you lay down. There is a bonus if you have the longest continuous train too.

I love that this game is so easy for newbies to learn and yet it is challenging every time you play. There is some strategy for the analytical mind people out there, but not too much where others get bored. It is fun for all types of players. This is definitely a middle schooler to adult age range.

I also love that there are expansion packs too so we can always choose a different version. I definitely like this complete set more than the Europe version. You have to buy a complete set before you can branch out into the expansion packs. I do like the 1910 USA expansion pack better with this original set. I like the destinations and variations more. The train cards in the 1910 USA are so much easier to use too. I would recommend buying them together.

Our family owns the following Ticket to Ride games: USA original Complete Set, USA 1910 expansion, Europe original Compete Set, Asia expansion, and India/Switzerland expansion. Out of the expansion packs so far, most of us like the India/Switzerland set. You can see my review for more information.
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