Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

One of my family’s favorite board games is Ticket to Ride. We were first introduced to the game by my niece’s husband. He’ll spend a long time strategizing on each turn, and he almost always wins. If any of us can just beat him, we feel we’ve won the game!

The box says it’s for ages eight and up, though my eight-year-old got a little frustrated. I’ve played with fourth and fifth graders who did very well, though.

The Object of the Game

The game board is a map of North America with certain cities pinpointed, such as Helena, Washington; Montreal, Canada; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Miami, Florida. The object of the game is to place your train pieces connecting city to city in such a way that you earn the most points.

To Play

Each player chooses a train color. Then they draw destination cards from the deck. They look over the map, finding the cities on their destination cards. Some may be close to each other, while others may be all the way across the continent.

Another deck has cards in different colors. The tracks are marked in those colors, so in order to lay the train pieces and reach the destinations, you must first collect the cards in the corresponding colors. When someone runs out of train pieces, the game is over, and points are totaled. The player with the most points wins.

Another Option

While it may sound complicated, it’s a lot of fun to play. We’ve also played a simpler version that my eight-year-old really liked called TransAmerica. The manufactured recommended ages on that one is 10 -14, but we played it with much younger children. The rules are simple and play goes very quickly.

Does your family have a favorite game for riding the rails?

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