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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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Jun 2015
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Aurèle Aubert
Switzerland
Vaud
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9
Aug 2015
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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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
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Jeff Kayati
United States
Worthington
Ohio
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Jun 2015
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Brice Chidester
United States
Hilliard
Ohio
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Aug 2015
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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
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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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Chad Wilson
United States
Ohio
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Jul 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 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.
2015-08-08
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Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7.3
Jul 2015
2 plays - still interested. I like the track rules - the regional track endures the company track dissolves. I have no idea what this is simulating, but it makes for some interesting game situations.

My second game was just 3-players, and it was brisk! Individual player turns are often fast. Once in a while you need to pause to consider, but mostly the game moves along.

I wish the place names were in a bigger font. But the route cards help a lot, the artwork on placing he towns is well done.

Nice game, I don't understand some of the complaints I've seen stating this is a cheap production. It is classic euro, wooden tracks, nice cards, fully mounted board.
2015-07-31
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dong hyuk song
South Korea
Seoul
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Aug 2015
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Matt Hiske
United States
Kentwood
Michigan
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7
Aug 2015
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Alan How
United Kingdom
Bromley
Kent
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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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Corey Sanders
United States
Hilliard
Ohio
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Aug 2015
Brisk turns, fun mechanism of trying to optimize the play of regional (track stays on) and company (track comes off) routes. Production was underdone. Needs work on the art and graphic design.
2015-08-03
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Gene Elsner
United States
Illinois
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Aug 2015
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Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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Aug 2015
FIRST IMPRESSION:

Haven't played yet but was disappointed to buy a brand new game off the press and find out the green components were in two very distinct colors. Game still obviously will function fine, but this is not the quality level I have always associated with Rio Grande in the past. Production values feel lesser compared to other RG productions with the cards extremely thin/fragile feel and the box itself feeling a bit unfinished in its "finish." Disappointing, but looking forward to giving the game a play.

Played the game and found the game quite enjoyable (although I also played my first game with three of my favorite gamers too so that helps as well). We had a good time with the game and complaining when we would use someone else's track more than others. The waiver system is a nice touch allowing you to use someone else's track. The Transamerica system is in play, but an added component is involved in companies which will cause you to pick up your own track used in the network of the company. Game takes about 30 minutes per player, perhaps less with experience. The town names are tiny on the board and can be hard to find.
2015-08-26
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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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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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Robert Leopold
United States
Chattanooga
Tennessee
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Al Autovino
United States
Sodus
New York
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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Fire Lord
United States
Fort Collins
Colorado
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Brio Porter
United States
Des Moines
Iowa
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Antonio Vargas
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Jeff Horger
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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George Van Wallendael
United States
Valrico
Florida
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Nathan Amor
United States
Pickerington
Ohio
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Ken Shogren
United States
Rochester
Michigan
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Kevin Wemyss
United States
Sterling Heights
Michigan
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Joseph Soonsin Lee
United States
Ballwin
Missouri
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Gordon Holton
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Noreen // I want my own Firefly
United States
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2015-08-10
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Blake Lipman
United States
Farmington Hills
Michigan
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Keith Rapley
United Kingdom
Seer Green
Bucks
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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Jeremy Heilman
United States
Los Angeles
CA - California
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Thomas McCorry
United States
Ashburn
Virginia
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Dave Bouvier
United States
San Carlos
California
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Francisco de Urmeneta
Spain
La Floresta-Sant Cugat del Vallés
Barcelona
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Bud Blanchette
United States
Maple Grove
Minnesota
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Brian Williams
United Kingdom
West Bromwich
West Midlands
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Harry Hammermueller
United States
Cedar Grove
North Carolina
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United Kingdom
Guildford
Surrey
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Kevin Brennan
United States
Groveland
Illinois
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Talal S
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Springfield Gardens
New York
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Mark Gerrits
Belgium
Leuven
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