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William McDavid
United States
Kingsport
Tennessee
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10
Mar 2015
I love Ticket to Ride but this is something totally different. I would almost say that this game is even better than TTR. I'll have to play it some more to verify if it is better or not. Can't wait to get my hands on this copy. Now if Dark Domains would come out I would be a very happy man.

Edit: Definately better than TtR and is now my favorite train game.
2015-08-13
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Betsy & Chuck Berry
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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10
Jun 2015
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David McCulley
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne
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10
Apr 2016
Brilliant game. Easy to learn with very interesting decisions to make. Thematic too. A more involved game than Trans America and a must have for ttr fans
2016-04-17
Owned
Aurèle Aubert
Switzerland
Vaud
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9
Aug 2015
Owned
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Mark Brown
United States
Carmel
IN
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9
Sep 2015
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Pierre Roof
Canada
Toronto
ON
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Nov 2015
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Michael McGuire
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Dec 2015
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Brian Robinson
United States
Romulus
Michigan
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8.75
Apr 2016
Owned
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Zoe M
Canada
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8.5
Jan 2016
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Bryce Journey
United States
Omaha
Nebraska
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8.5
Apr 2016
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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8
Aug 2012
Very cool, fast-paced amalgam of TransAmerica: Vexation, the goals from Ticket to Ride, and some ingenious innovations. Very accessible, but plenty of tough choices [that can be made quickly]
2012-08-11
Owned
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Joe J. Rushanan
United States
Bedford
Massachusetts
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Apr 2014
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Jeff Kayati
United States
Worthington
Ohio
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8
Jun 2015
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Nathan Gentry
United States
Fairfax
Virginia
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8
Dec 2015
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Brice Chidester
United States
Hilliard
Ohio
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8
Aug 2015
Owned
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Stephen Rochelle
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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8
Dec 2015
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8
Sep 2015
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Amos Dillman
United States
South Bend
IN
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8
Oct 2015
Trans-A-Ticket to America is pretty fun. A lot more interesting than Transamerica or Ticket to Ride (low bar). The decisions are smooth and tense, despite what the game's appearance might lead you to beleive.

Honestly, the worst aspect is the horrendous graphic design. It's somewhat horrific... Lines. Lines, everywhere.

The design deserves an 8/10. The product, maybe not so much.
2016-02-13
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Brian Eggert
United States
Piscataway
New Jersey
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Dec 2015
T. Vasel indicates that big routes (although worth tons of points) don't seem to be as good as doing a lot of short routes for fast/easy points because the point value just doesn't compensate adequately for the time/effort; game doesn't reward strategic play as much as it should b/c of the randomness of the cards and big route value issue.
2015-11-09
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Pete Fifield
United States
Broadview Heights
Ohio
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8
Dec 2015
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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7.6
Sep 2015
A "solid 7" train game that's deeper than Ticket to Ride but lighter than Age of Steam.
2015-09-14
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Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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7.5
Apr 2014
2 plays (1 proto, 4er; 1 2er)

This is Ticket to Ride meets TransAmerica meets some other railroad game. You've got the easy track building of TA combined with the route building / connection game of Ticket to Ride. The removing-track-tile thing reminds me of Last Train to Wensleydale -- great little game with a similar theme: players are little guys, building little railroad companies and then selling them off to the large corporations. In Wensleydale, though, the track stays put -- it just changes color. It is a little weird, here, that tracks just pop right off the board!

Good game, though probably better with more than just 2. The production is also good, except:
- the track sticks are a wee bit too big for the board (once you have a lot of sticks near each other, anyway).
- the diagonal banners for city names are weirdly distracting. They're also too small to read easily. I would prefer something more like TA, maybe (I don't remember having trouble seeing city names there)? Or maybe just a slightly bigger board?

--- Summary ---
Setup:
- Reveal 3 random bonus cards (each will be awarded to first player to meet condition on card).
- Shuffle the company cards, give 4/player, 4 on display face up; rest in deck. All show cities to connect by track, and VP value.
- Shuffle each deck of region cards 1-8 separately. Give each player 2 1s and 2 2s; each keeps one of each, discarding the other. These also show cities to connect by track.
- Each player gets _ cubes

Your Turn:
1. MUST: Either place 1-3 track sticks (your own color) ANYWHERE on the board, or pick up 1-3 of your track sticks.
2. MAY: Score either a regional or a company card, if you've connected all cities shown on card. May use other players' tracks (pay them 1 cube per stick used), but must use at least one of your own.
- Regional: draw 2 cards from the next highest region you've not had yet, keep one. Must be completed in order 1->8
- Company: remove all YOUR tracks used for that card from the board. Draw a replacement (from 4 face up, or deck)

Game End:
- End of round when any player has built 8 Regional or 8 Company cards.
- Score VP for:
... completed company cards
... 1/cube
... bonus cards earned
... number of regional cards completed (chart on board)
- Most VP wins! Tiebreaker = more company/regional cards
2015-06-16
Owned
Mark Levine
United States
New York
New York
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7.5
Dec 2015
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Michael Zehnal
United States
Granville
Ohio
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7.5
Jun 2015
Enjoyed the game. I thought it was nicely balanced and simple to teach and play. Would have preferred a larger map. The printing of cities is small and the track laying often covers them up. Bland graphic design, could have done more art on cards.
2015-06-09
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Andrew Drummond
Canada
Burlington
Ontario
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7.5
Jun 2015
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Philippe Keppens
Belgium
Meldert (Aalst)
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7.5
Aug 2015
Surprisingly good. It seemed a bit dull in the beginning as everybody was going for the short and easy regional cards, but when you start to be short in track, things become more interesting as you have to start focussing on completing company cards.

Also a plus is the playing time: 60 minutes for a train game is good.
2015-09-19
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Joe Casadonte
United States
Media
Pennsylvania
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7.5
Sep 2015
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Cory Bezeau
Canada
Hanover
Ontario
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7.5
Jan 2016
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kenneth phillips
United States
Ohio
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Mar 2016
Owned
Virolos Mofletudos
Spain
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7.5
Apr 2016
Owned
dong hyuk song
South Korea
Seoul
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7.3
Aug 2015
Owned
Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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Aug 2015
Owned
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Yeah, that's me. Handsome devil, I know.
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7
Feb 2016
Owned
Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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7
Jul 2015
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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7
Jul 2015
TA mixed with TtR but with some other items added. It was quite good as it was very tense as people pushed to end game. The track was a touch long but not all that big a deal. I really liked that the companies were actual train companies (logo included). Nice touch.
2015-07-15
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Bill Jelinek
United States
Hilliard
Ohio
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Jun 2015
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Chad Wilson
United States
Ohio
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Sep 2015
Owned
Gene Elsner
United States
Illinois
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Aug 2015
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Bill Herbst
United States
Sayville
New York
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Aug 2015
The track placement may feel like Transamerica and choosing company cards may feel like choosing tickets in Ticket to Ride but this game is quite a bit deeper than either of those. I like how the regional cards and the company cards interact and lead the player to develop rails in patterns that generally sketch out the history of railroad expansion throughout America.
2015-08-07
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Scott Heenan
United States
Cincinnati
OH
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Jan 2016
Ticket to Ride meets TransAmerica. It works! And my wife picked up a copy for me for Xmas (much to her slight dismay given my picking up a copy for a good friend, but hey, we might end up at two different gaming events!)
2016-01-17
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Jooor Spain
Spain
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Dec 2015
Owned
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Martin Taylor
United States
Council Bluffs
Iowa
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7
Dec 2015
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Todd Snyder
United States
Creve Coeur
Missouri
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Dec 2015
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Joseph Paulsen
United States
Livermore
California
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Jan 2016
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Andy Parsons
United Kingdom
Chelmsford
Essex
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Apr 2016
It is easy to list the borrowings from other games (track laying from TransAmerica, tickets from Ticket to Ride (TtR), selling routes to major companies from Last Train to Wensleydale) and to dismiss 20th Century Ltd as derivative and not worthy of your gaming time. In fact, it plays quite differently to any of its influences.

At the heart of this are two ways to earn victory points. There are regional networks, which score escalating points for the number you create during the game, up to a whopping 100. Then there are companies that vary in length and scoring potential just as in TtR. A major difference between the two is that track laid to complete a company's route is taken off the board, whereas regional routes remain after they are scored. Leaving track on the board has benefits; you can re-use it in completing company routes and other players may be obliged to pay you vps if their routes use it. On the other hand, running out of track is a problem as it isn't in those other games. A turn taken to pick track up really does feel like a turn closer to defeat. Luck of the draw is less of a factor than in TtR; there is always a selection of four face up companies to choose from, while bad draws of regional networks can be mitigated by discarding and re-drawing. The hitch here is that the one you discard is one less towards a maximum of eight.

20th Century Limited plays smoothly with little downtime. It offers some strategic options, largely around how you balance regions and companies, but also the degree to which you chase a variable set of bonuses.

Artwork and production quality are a big step down from the grand old days of Rio Grande. I quite like the Art Deco styling of everything, but having said that, the board is pretty ugly, with place names difficult to read. The cards are quite thin and the green tracks come in two different shades. Both the cards and the rules could have used more proof-reading. The rules are poorly structured.
2016-04-23
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Alan Forsyth
United Kingdom
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6.9
Mar 2016
Interesting train game but lacking in art work
2016-03-08
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Bruce X
United States
Unspecified
Ohio
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6.8
Sep 2015
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Fred Shugars
United States
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Unspecified
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6.8
Dec 2015
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Todd Demerath
United States
Apple Valley
Minnesota
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6.5
Sep 2015
On the fence
2016-04-06
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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6.5
Feb 2016
Trans-America meets TTR ...

Game Rated: #5035.
2016-02-13
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