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Brendt Waters
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I used to play (and very much enjoyed) the online version of Ticket to Ride (until it was moved to Steam, which crashed on my computer every 5 minutes).

I have since gotten married (and picked up two college-age step-kids in the deal) and wanted to get a board game for all of us. I'm just past the "gateway" stage, but the rest of my family isn't there yet. Ticket to Ride seemed a good first game, as it's considered one of the top gateway games, and I'm familiar with it, so I'm fairly certain my family would enjoy it.

But, I'm a bit afraid that my familiarity/experience with Ticket to Ride might give me an unfair advantage -- I'm not a great TtR player, but I'm pretty good. I was thinking that one of the variants of the game might be better, as the added mechanics (e.g. the tunnels, ferries and stations in Ticket to Ride: Europe) might help to level the playing field. But there are several variants, and I'm not sure which one to pursue.

Does anyone have any recommendations based on any of the following reasons?
1. Yeah, I really like this one.
2. Yeah, this one will definitely level the playing field.
3. All of the above
4. Other

Thanks in advance ....
 
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TtR:Europe is considered the best of the normal player count variations. It is when you start looking at 2-3 players that others get recommended.
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brendt wrote:
Does anyone have any recommendations based on any of the following reasons?
1. Yeah, I really like this one.
2. Yeah, this one will definitely level the playing field.
3. All of the above
4. Other

Thanks in advance ....
I think your experience will give you an advantage in any of the variants (although admittedly I haven't played them all). I'm not sure it would 'level the playing field', but TtR: Europe would certainly be less confrontational for new players in the sense that if they get unexpectedly blocked they still have the stations to work with.
 
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Ticket to Ride Europe is a great version. I would stay away from the Nordic version, it is only for 3 people and the cities are all very difficult to find on the map.
 
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When I play the Europe map with less experienced players, I usually handicap myself by removing 1, 2 or all of the stations. This in itself is 12 points handicap, but it also means that you have to be more careful, especially with 4-5 players.
 
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An interesting alternative might be New York 1901

or something like Takenoko
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I've head good things about the new Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania. It works with any base game.
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I would say, see if you are interested in any of the offered countried/continents.

Otherwise I would recommend Ticket to Ride: Europe. It's a great Edition.
I'm also looking into getting new maps. I bought Uk&Pennsyvania, because it gives the most new Additions.

Maybe the Asia Map would be interesting for the Team Variant.

All in all I would say, every map is good and you will have a bit of an advantage.

If you like the traditional Ticket to Ride, get the 1910 Expansion.
 
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Brendt Waters
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BubbleChucks wrote:
An interesting alternative might be New York 1901

or something like Takenoko
Those do look interesting. They'll be the first things that I look into as long as TtR doesn't go over like a pregnant pole vaulter (i.e. my family likes TtR and we want to pursue other things).
 
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Brendt Waters
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TylerGoble1 wrote:
I've head good things about the new Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania. It works with any base game.
Is this an add-on (i.e. you have to own one of the stand-alones already)? The price and description would seem to indicate so.
 
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Brendt Waters
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Thanks to everyone that has replied (not just the ones that I specifically quoted).

And keep it coming.
 
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Marklin is a beautiful version (Germany) if you can find it. Great art and a nice twist on basic TTR.
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Europe is overall the best in my opinion. It has more depth than original TtR, but fits for many different groups, unless very small group of 2-3.
 
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Ticket to Ride map 5 is an add on. You need to own Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride Europe with the cards and trains to use this expansion. Any of the map collections (1-5) only have the board and the destination tickets.
 
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ScottNotSteve wrote:
Marklin is a beautiful version (Germany) if you can find it. Great art and a nice twist on basic TTR.
This would be my recommendation as well. You can play it the same as base TTR if you remove the passengers and city tokens. Once everyone is good with that, you can play the full game for a deeper experience.
 
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I used to own TTR USA and sold it as my personal interests in games moved on.

Later I came to own TTR Europe on a trade deal and I have to say that I was more than pleased with it. It offered just enough to be interesting without adding on so much that it was off-putting to casual/non-gamer folks (the main sort I would pull TtR out for).

The ferries make using locomotives a little more thoughtful. I like the train stations allowing you to circumvent blocking, though at a cost. I like the chance element the tunnels bring in to the mix. I think chance is great for not only the creation of tension, but leveling the playing field when playing with newcomers.

 
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