TICKET TO RIDE
(Eric, Anton, Rich, Bill)
Four of us were ready to go as the clock struck 7pm. We knew more would be coming, so we wanted a quick game to start off with. Bill likes train games, so we chose Ticket to Ride, which Bill learned at MVGA back on July 22 (he won his first game against several experienced opponents.)
The game started out with a flurry in the northwest. Bill connected Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, but Eric was shut out of the length-one Portland - Seattle link. This was a problem for him, because he had tickets for both cities and it's a long way around without that link.
Play continued on the west coast as the northeast remained surprisingly rural. Rich built south from Portland to Los Angeles as Anton headed east from Los Angeles through Las Vegas. Bill constructed track in the middle of the map and on the west coast, paralleling Rich's track, but it wasn't clear where he was heading. Eric connected Seattle to Winnipeg and Rich built the two 6-space links east from Seattle.
At this point the game started to get odd. Eric built a new unconnected line from Santa Fe to Nashville. Rich built a separate network down the east coast. Anton worked his way toward Atlanta and Bill linked up Los Angeles to El Paso. Before we knew it, Rich was out of trains, and we counted up the scores. Eric connected none of his tickets, earning a stunningly low score. He had the three southeastern ends of his tickets connected, but never hooked them up to the northwestern ends. Bill was also ticket-impaired, though he did take the 10-point bonus for longest line. Rich was the big winner, connecting all his tickets even though he never did connect his western network to his eastern network.
Rich 126 = 77 for track + 49 for tickets
Bill 82 = 68 for track + 4 for tickets + 10 for long line
Anton 76 = 40 for track + 36 for tickets
Eric 32 = 73 for track - 41 for tickets.
Eric's rating: 8. This is a nice quick game with plenty of room for planning and tactics.