TICKET TO RIDE
(Anton, Dan, Lisa, Eric, Rich)
Walt and Paul H. were playing a tabletop baseball game, but there were five others all ready to start at 7pm. We discussed our options and decided on Ticket to Ride, the 2004 German Game of the Year. Lisa had played 2-player games of Ticket to Ride with Walt and was interested in trying it with a fuller lineup. In a 5-player game, other players can take a lot of track options before it's your turn to play again.
We started off slowly, as usual, with players filling their hands up with cards as they waited to see where the action would start. Lisa began by building between New York and St. Louis while Anton began his builds in the west. This drew in other interested parties who didn't want to lose their options. Eric slapped down the Houston-New Orleans link, which is often associated with the Miami-Los Angeles ticket. Rich kept accumulating cards, building sparsely.
Dan began a cross-country route out of New York that competed with Lisa's. He also tacked on some links in the western part of the country, and before long he had the longest line on the board. Anton filled in a lot of sections in the middle of the board; it became clear that he hadn't drawn any of the big tickets that provide a focus for track building, because his builds evinced little interest in either coast.
Rich finally started laying track, but we pushed the game to its end before he could use all his cards. Dan was in the lead at this point, but Eric edged him out for longest line and the associated 10 VP. As we laid down our tickets, it was nip and tuck, but Eric won by a single point.
Track Tix Long Total
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Eric 77 + 31 + 10 = 118
Dan 65 + 52 = 117
Rich 72 + 27 = 99
Anton 60 + 28 = 88
Lisa 50 + 26 = 76
Eric's rating: 8. We enjoy playing Ticket to Ride with gamers at MVGA, but it's also a hit with non-gamers. My wife and I just introduced another couple to Ticket to Ride this week and they commented on how easy it would be to teach it to children.