TICKET TO RIDE
Alan Moon's best-seller were the 1st gateway game played tonight. For Bryan and Wai Keen, this would be their 1st play. We needed three more players to make the numbers and Wai Yan, Jamie and Neoh obliged. A quick walk through of the rules and off they went building their railroad empires across the good old US of A.
Jamie accepted all three of her destination tickets while the rest went with two. The game progressed normally. Some of the more experienced players started accumulating color train cards while those competing for routes in the east coast started claiming the gray routes.
Wai Keen seen here listening to Jeff (standing) while Bryan was busy surveying the game board to identify his destination cities
The new members were quick to catch on that one key strategy of the game is to collect color train cards if you can. However they are also aware routes in the eastern USA can be congested and latecomers may yet regret not taking action fast enough. Soon the congestion in the east coast turned from bad to worse!
That's not it yet.... everyone was claiming the routes so fast that the players started standing up to get a better birds eye view of the gameboard so as not to be crowded out of their destination!
This is the 1st time I've seen a game of Ticket to Ride got so tense for the players where everyone's literally standing and getting very nervous with the color card draw as they were hoping to get the colors they need!
Only the experienced (ie. Jamie in pink back facing camera) can stay cool in such circumstances!
The game was won by Wai Yan who completed all her tickets (five!) while Jamie had a massive 20-point ticket deducted from her hand for failing to complete one key East-West route. The new players did not fare too badly but since it's their 1st games, we let them be
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