Ticket to Ride: A Board Game Review

I love board games. I used to be a Monopoly junkie, but there are so many great (and not boring!) board and table top games out there. Ticket to Ride (Designed by Allan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder) is one of my favourites! If you like trains (and even if you don’t), if you like great multiplayer games that are good for groups (and who doesn’t?) and you want something that’s easy to learn, this is the game for you.

The premise is simple: You are dealt three route cards at the beginning of the game. and can choose to discard up to two of them. The point of the game is to connect as many routes as you can by playing train cards or different colours. Sound confusing? It’s not. Say you have three green cards, and you need to play a green route that requires three cars. Play the cards on your turn and the route is yours! You have a set number of cars to play with, and the last turn arrives when a players reaches two cars or less.

This game is fun because it’s easy to get in to, requires both strategy and the luck of the draw and it good for two to five players. A typical game will last from 30-60 minutes, although that all depends on the players and how dirty they want to play. It’s a different game each time you go in and is a great introductory game to those who aren’t sure what table top and board gaming is all about.

Want to see a game in action? Check it out on TableTop, the fabulous web-series hosted by Wil Wheaton and found on Geek and Sundry.

The game also features two iOS versions for iPhone and iPad, and a million expansions to enhance your gaming experience.

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