Ticket to Ride

I have yet to do a Ticket to Ride review, and while this could have been the moment I did, I felt that my time was better spent discussing why I liked this game.

Have you ever horded? I don’t mean taking weird items that no one wants an amassing them within your closets and attic, but rather the hording of valuable items to give yourself a distinct advantage. This is how I have played Ticket to RIde since the first time I played it with my parents back in 2006.

I am a stacker, a hoarder, an unwieldy hand builder. I choose my routes and after that I collect cards to the potential tracks I may claim later in the game. In the American version there have been times where I have grabbed a 1-2 track that were too important, but on the whole I have always stacked cards.

There is something comforting in having a large stack of cards in ones grip, and all at once I play them. There comes that moment in the game when the cards must hit the table, and turn upon turn they do. After the cards settle, I decide whether to grab more tickets, or to end the game. . .

What are your strategies? What is your favorite Ticket to Ride?

Intellectually Puzzling Through Games,

Clinton Morris


5 thoughts on “Ticket to Ride”

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  2. We almost always play the 1910 expansion. I always try to play the two white or two green into New York first then build out from there to Los Angeles, whether I have those cities or not. I play cards when I feel in danger of losing a link between cities I need, otherwise I hoard. The last game we played this week (four players), I had SF to Atlanta, Portland to Phoenix and Phoenix to Boston. I built down from NY through Chicago-KC and across the middle of the board to SF, then LA and up to Portland. I was the last one to take new ticket cards and wound up winning with 204 points with my next nearest competitor had 130. I completed 16 tickets and my last seven turns were just pulling tickets as I had the major cities covered. One of those pulls was LA-NY and another was LA-ATL and had a good POR-PIT as well as five into Chicago.

    1. Wow what a fun game you had, those big cards really bring in the points. I normally search for around 3-4 decent pointers before I settle into playing.

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