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Sven F.
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It was the four of us meeting on a Saturday in November: Sven (the Ticket to Ride maniac), Sofia (the online gamer), Simon (the host, with an aching broken collarbone), and Anna (his wife, giving friendly nudges on that mentioned and sore collarbone). We decided on boarding another train adventure: Ticket to Ride: Östergötland. It was the first game ever on this map, and followed two intense plays of TtR Europe and TtR Team Asia. Sofia and Anna were still cheering from having won the team game while Simon won the European game, so only Sven had no win so far.

Now, however, the map was designed by Sven. It had been a gift for Sofia's birthday two weeks earlier and although it was made for 2-3 players, we were 4 and decided to try it out like that. Each player got 30 train cars, 4 train cards, and 5 tickets (of which 2 or more had to be kept).

This play soon became completely wild. Nobody (except for Sven maybe, who had had plenty of time analysing the map during construction) had understood how difficult the map is for 2-3 players, so guess what it was like with 4...

There are exactly four connections from east to west, so if somebody for some reason had taken two of them, one player would have been locked out (or in, if that is preferred). This didn't happen, and fortunately none of us has ever had a pro-blocking playing style.

However, most players didn't adapt to the rule prohibiting locomotives on regular routes. Simon got no yellow cards for the Ringstorp-Åtvidaberg route, while Anna searched in vain for the appropriate blue cards for Ringstorp-Söderköping. Sofia counted wrong and lacked train cars to reach Örebro county the way she had planned, leading to her missing a ticket. In the middle of the game Sven suddenly understood that three tickets depended on the single Bränninge-Linköping space, for which he needed an unseen white card. The relief was great when nobody noticed it; blocking him (and thereby causing 34 points to be deducted in stead of added) would have been extremely easy...

Sven won this premiere at 90 points (ahead of Simon at 71, Sofia at 63, and a struggling Anna at 20). This win was in part because of a lucky draw, with both Fågelsta-Arkösund and Vadstena-Valdemarsvik. Motala-Linköping and Norsholm-Södermanland were completed on the way, for totally 40 points for tickets. Simon took new tickets and finished altogether four, sharing with Sven the 10 p bonus for most tickets. Sven was also proud of having laid 29 of his 30 train cars in one single route, although there is no longest route bonus on this map.



As expected, the western half was extremely crowded, with Mjölby-Motala filled with train cars, as were the branch line to Vadstena and 9 of the 10 routes from Linköping. The east had more space left, but that might be due to the fact that each player had only 30 trains and couldn't easily stretch out across the map. And there are more western tickets than eastern.

This premier must be said to have been a success. Strangely the three sleeping children did not wake up during endgame, where the players ultimately were so excited that they couldn't sit down. It was a great end of a great game night!
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Henrik Lantz
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AS an old "Östgöte" I amust of course applaud this effort. Well done! I never thought I would be able to take the train to Motala, in a game.
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