Ticket to Ride is a series of board games that has captured the hearts of board game enthusiasts all over the world. Developed by Alan R. Moon, these games have become a staple in family game night and game night gatherings with friends.
The series of games is set in the late 19th and early 20th century, and players take on the role of train tycoons, competing to build the most successful railroad empire. Each game in the series has its own unique twist, such as the Europe version that has players connecting cities in Europe and the Africa version that has players connecting cities in Africa.
One of the things that makes Ticket to Ride so popular is the game's simplicity. The rules are easy to understand, making it accessible to players of all ages and skill levels. The game's mechanics are also easy to learn, which allows players to focus on strategy and outmaneuvering their opponents.
Another aspect that makes the Ticket to Ride series of games so popular is the level of replayability. Each game in the series offers different maps and different ways to play, which means that the game is never the same twice. This ensures that players will always have a new and exciting experience each time they play.
One of the most popular versions of Ticket to Ride is the original Ticket to Ride Europe. Set in the heart of Europe, players compete to build the most successful railroad empire by connecting cities with train routes. The game includes a double-sided game board, which allows players to choose between a more challenging or a more relaxed game.
Another popular version of the game is Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries. This version is set in the Nordic countries and features a smaller map and a shorter playtime compared to the Europe version. This makes it perfect for quick game nights or for introducing new players to the series.
Ticket to Ride: Africa is the latest addition to the series. Set in Africa, players compete to connect cities and build the most successful railroad empire. The game features a unique map of Africa that includes new gameplay elements such as safari routes and terrain challenges.
Overall, the Ticket to Ride series of board games offers something for everyone. The games are easy to learn and play, making them perfect for families, and the level of replayability ensures that players will never get bored. Whether you're a seasoned board game veteran or a newcomer, the Ticket to Ride series is a must-have for any board game collection.
Ticket to Ride Standalones
Ticket to Ride Standalones are products that are ready to play once you buy them!
Collect various train cards and use them to claim railways across North America. The longer the route, the more points they are worth. Points can also be earned by those who fulfill their Destination Tickets, but be mindful because those that who do not fulfill their Destination Tickets will be docked points. This game is great for new players or for those that want a quick game!
The Europe version has a new map that covers Edinburgh, Constantinople, Lisbon, Moscow, etc. There are new game elements such as tunnels, ferries, and stations. Tunnels cost the most to build. Ferries require locomotive cards to claim. Stations allow you to sacrifice points to use an opponent's route to connect yours. The objective of the game remains the same: build and connect routes to gather points. Those that do not fulfill their Destination Tickets will be docked points. The player with the most points at the end wins the game.
The objective of the original version still applies: build and connect routes to gather points. Those that do not fulfill their Destination Tickets will be docked points. The player with the most points at the end wins the game. The major difference is that the board reflect Germany and players can claim passenger for points. Players can collect passengers from cities. The player with the most passengers of the six colors scores 20 points and the player who has the second most passengers of a color scores 10 points.
Ticket to Ride takes the world by taking on the seas! There are train and ship cards to claim ship and train routes. Each player starts with 3 harbors and can place a harbor once you have a route connecting to a port city. For each harbor not placed, you will lose 4 points, but you gain 10-40 points for each harbor you do place. You can swap interchangeable train tokens for ship tokens but you lose a point for each token you swap. The board is double-sided with one side showing the world and the other side showing the Great Lakes of North America.
The map is smaller which allows you to finish the game in under 15 minutes. Instead of trains, players have buses to claim their bus routes to different destinations in London. Those that do not fulfill their Destination Tickets will be docked points. The objective is to claim and connect bus routes to gather the most points to win the game.
The map is smaller which allows you to finish the game in under 15 minutes. Instead of trains, players have taxis to claim their routes to different destinations in New York. those that do not fulfill their Destination Tickets will be docked points. The objective is to claim and connect routes to gather the most points to win the game.
First Journey is designed for a younger audience to strategize claiming and connecting routes. Ticket cards guide players to routes. New tickets are given to those that have completed a Ticket or for players that can't full fill the ticket. A Bonus Ticket is earned if a player has claimed routes that run coast-to-coast. Players race to be the first to complete six Tickets to win the game.
First Journey - Europe is based in Europe for players to claim train routes to between different cities. You either win by being the first player to complete six tickets or if someone has placed all their trains on the board then the winner is whoever has completed the most tickets. A Bonus Ticket is earned if a player has claimed routes that run coast-to-coast.
Ticket to Ride Expansions
Ticket to Ride expansion are products that can not be played alone by themselves. Expansions will either need the original base Ticket to Ride game or another Ticket to Ride Standalone game.
Nederland is filled with countless bridges due to the numerous waterways found throughout the region. Nederland adds a new game component, bridge tolls. Bridge tolls must be paid for every route to the bank or to the player who claimed the first track on the double-track route.
The France map takes players from Street Cafes, Notre Dame, Faire, and more. The distinguishing change this expansion brings to players is that you have to lay the tracks before you can blame the routes! When a player goes to draw a card, the player also must take a colored title that is 2-5 train cars long and place a title on the empty track bed. Additionally, the Old West map allows 6 players to claim cities as well as routes. The one with the most completed tickets scores an extra 15 points.
The Japan map has bullet train routes. The player who claimed the route claims the bullet train progression marker. Those that help extend the bullet train route receive bonuses and those that do not help the bullet train route will be penalized. The Italy map has ferry routes. Bonuses are given to those who connect the regions together.
Europa adds 55 new Destination Tickets to enjoy 3 new variants, Europe Expanded, Big Cities of Europe, and Mega Europe, for the Europa Map. Europe Expanded adds 19 new routes. Big Cities of Europe adds 9 tickets to 9 major European cities. Mega Europe uses all the new routes in addition to the original 46 Destination Tickets. Europa expansion also introduces Warehouses & Depots. Wood Train Depots are placed in cities and each player's Warehouse will accumulate train cards. Players that build a route to a Depot receive all the train cards in the Depot.
This is a standalone game. The goal is to use the least amount of moves possible to get all the trains in the correct position. Any unnecessary moves will prevent you from earning the maximum stars. There are 40 different puzzles to solve to test your brain on problem-solving and spatial reasoning!