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Hi,

I would personally recommend the original TTR for beginners. However, if you only have TTR:Europe on your bookshelf, you can simplify a bit the rules as follows :

-Just play without Stations and long distance routes;

-At start, deal only 3 regular Destination Tickets to each player. Before taking their first turn, each player must keep a minimum of two tickets although they may keep all 3 cards;

That's it.

So...Removing the long distance routes would make the game less cutthroat (no more 19+ points to lose)... And not playing with stations makes it less fiddly...This variant works well with 2 or 3 players but has yet to be fully tested with 4 and 5.


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Andreas Vlach
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We play it this way ( including long-distance) with our 5 1/2 year old son. Additionally after one destination ticket has be fulfilled one may take one new out of three drawn tickets.
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The stations are the reason to play TtR:E. They prevent huge point swings from one card. Even without the long tickets, failing a 10 point card is a 20 point swing, +10 to -10. Also, the board is designed to be tight in the center, so you need the stations.

If I were trying to simplify it, I'd drop the tunnel and ferry rules.

Actually, I'd play Trans Europa.
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Sven F.
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Tall_Walt wrote:
The stations are the reason to play TtR:E. They prevent huge point swings from one card. Even without the long tickets, failing a 10 point card is a 20 point swing, +10 to -10. Also, the board is designed to be tight in the center, so you need the stations.

I totally agree. I see the stations as the reason for choosing Europe above other Ticket to Rides when playing with beginners (children, for example). Stations make the game less hard and cutthroat.
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