Board Games

Game Review- Ticket to Ride Europe

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After Azul, Phase 10 and Splendor, today I will be introducing a game called, Ticket to Ride (TTR).

Ticket to Ride Europe, by Days of Wonder is a second instalment in the TTR series. From the craggy hillsides of Edinburgh to the sunlit docks of Constantinople, from the dusty alleys of Pamplona to a windswept station in Berlin, Ticket to Ride Europe takes you on an exciting train adventure through the great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe.

The game consists of 1 board map of Europe, coloured train cars, route cards, illustrative cards, 15 stations, score markers and a rulebook.

To being with, set up the board in such a way that it is visible to all the players. Pile a deck of route cards and coloured train cards- put up 5 cards from this pile face down. Players choose a color and receive a set of train cars, three stations of said color, a corresponding score marker, four train cards to form their starting hand and three route cards. The players have to keep a minimum of 2 route cards. That’s it, you are all set to start your journey. In a particular turn a player has the following options;

  1. Draw 2 train cards: The player can draw 1 from the deck and 1 from the face up pool of train cards, 2 from the deck, or 2 from the face up pool.  It’s important to note that if the player pick up a wild card from the pool, he will not be allowed to draw a second card.
  2. Draw 3 route cards: The player must keep at least one, he can also chose to keep all 3.
  3. Play cards to claim a route.  To place your trains between two cities, the player has to play the exact number of train cards from his hand of that color that connects the two cities. After this is done, move the scoring token up the appropriate amount on the scoring track. The cards used must be discarded.
  4. Build a Train Station.  The player may build a station in any city that does not yet have one.  The cost to build the first station is one train card, while the cost of building the second or third station requires two/three train cards of the same color, respectively.  These allow the player to use one (and only one) of the opponent’s routes to or from the city to assist in completing ticket cards.
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The game is completed when any one player is left with 3 or less train cars. The player which has the longest train route gets an additional 10 points, the scoring for the trains has been given in the pack of the game.

The game can be played by 2-5 players and each game would last for 30-60 minutes. What are you waiting for? Hop on this train journey by picking up your game from Boardgames Hub.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article.

P.S. There is a small detail on the ferry route which has been purposely left out.

P.P.S TTR is also available in America and many other variants.

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8 comments

  1. This is one of my favorite games. TTR India introduces the “Mandala” feature involves making as many cycles/loops within your routes as possible. There’s also a fan made map for New Zealand based on their now defunct passenger rail routes on the north and south islands that can be played as long as a base version is owned. Great review! I look forward to seeing what you think of the other versions and game play variants 🙂

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  2. I really like this game, but there are far more than two editions of it. The original was for the US, there’s a global “Rails and Sails” game, and then there are regional and national games for Japan, UK and Africa, among others. I have the first three. The developer originally built games for the old Avalon Hill game franchise. I don’t know if he was involved in the old classic (out of print and hard to find) game, “Rail Barons” — still my all-time favorite.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. A very fun little game. I like the addition of stations so you don’t feel like you’re “locked out” in a particular game if everyone is vying for the same train routes.

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  4. I was introduced to this game on a wet and windy evening at beautiful Lake District campsite and really enjoyed it, although it was a slow burner to start. What fun to see it being reviewed by someone else! A fab trip down memory lane- Thank you!

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