Flashback Friday - Ticket to Ride - Love It or Hate It?

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30 Aug 2019 10:19 #301244 by ubarose
Ticket to Ride, by Alan Moon, was published by Days...

Ticket to Ride is celebrating it's 15th anniversary this year.

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30 Aug 2019 10:46 #301245 by WadeMonnig
Love it. I'll play any version, any map. A great play while talking and conversing game.
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30 Aug 2019 11:06 #301247 by charlest
I have a lot of admiration for Ticket to Ride as it's kind of the perfect modern gateway to strategy games.

That being said, the timing here is funny because I just sold my copy this week. It sat on my shelf played only one time in the past 7 years. I was waiting until my daughter was older but recently picked up TTR: First Journey, which my wife actually enjoyed more than base TTR (due to it being faster). We will probably graduate to the new and quicker NY version eventually and I'll probably never see the standard game again.

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30 Aug 2019 11:08 #301248 by Erik Twice
I actually played this game for the first time a couple months ago. It was pleasing. Nothing I would make an effort to play, but it was very relaxing.

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30 Aug 2019 12:00 #301249 by Michael Barnes
I went through a period where I hated it- but I eventually realized that I was just sick of it. It got played quite a lot around 2004, and that was also when the the Ameritrash thing was really firing up and I was looking to play more Guerilla or Gunslinger than this kind of thing. I decried it as “Rummy with a board”...but that is actually what makes it such a smart game to begin with. Like Catan, it uses classic, basic mechanics to create a very accessible game.

It’s a great game, a great design...and I really like the variant maps. Europe is still my favorite. I really like the little NYC Edition a lot- 20 minutes and you have seen the whole TTR experience, really.
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30 Aug 2019 12:14 #301250 by dysjunct
I haven't played in years and have no desire to really, but it's a pretty good game for what it is. Nice mass-market appeal, plays fast, and (depending on the map) has tons of screwage.

I have played "Ticket to Ride: First Journey" with my spawn. It's a pretty good distillation of what TTR is. It's even shorter and lighter. The only difference is that you don't get a choice of tickets to draw. A good little game.

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30 Aug 2019 12:29 #301251 by ubarose
I have many happy memories of playing Ticket to Ride with my Spawn as well as with my own parents.

We own Ticket to Ride Europe, but probably haven't played our own copy in years. Not because we don't like it, but because we have a friend that owns Ticket to Ride EVERYTHING. So we play fairly often with her. In fact, back in April she hosted a Ticket to Ride marathon party - 12 hours of Ticket to Ride gaming. We stopped by and got a few games in, including my first game on the Pennsylvania map which adds a stock aspect to the game, NY, and Team Ticket to Ride. But I think my favorite is still the original version.

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30 Aug 2019 13:30 #301253 by quozl
It's a great game. Been a while since we last played though.
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30 Aug 2019 14:45 #301259 by BillyBobThwarton
It’s never what I WANT to play, but I do quite enjoy playing the Nordic Countries and the Switzerland maps with both my wife and my 8 year old. I enjoy the tension of grabbing vital routes, the agony of not getting that one color you need, and the times when my wife will block a route out of spite (a side of her I rarely see outside of a board game).
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30 Aug 2019 15:41 #301260 by Sagrilarus

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30 Aug 2019 16:01 #301261 by Gary Sax
I get where you guys are coming from, I had an edgy cool guy thing on this game too, probably. But this is a game, even now that its buzz has disappated, that I do not enjoy. I would play a game Splendor 10/10 times over this. There's something about the set collection and nature of decisionmaking that's a real snooze for me.

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30 Aug 2019 16:09 #301263 by quozl
That's cool. Splendor puts me to sleep.
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30 Aug 2019 20:09 #301270 by mc
Yeah I found it really boring. Super boring. Just didn't see the appeal, gateway game or no.

The kids like it though, so what I have now done is cobbled together stuff that keeps me interested - stations, passsengers, a few house rules - and I don't mind it these days.
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31 Aug 2019 15:48 #301278 by ecargo
I don't play it often, but every time I do, it's always enjoyable. I own almost all the maps / versions. Having the variety keeps it fresh and can also tailor what kind of experience to have (i.e., simpler or more complex).

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31 Aug 2019 16:02 #301279 by boothwah
Own two versions. Bought during the golden days of preteens being in the house, after Cataan, and Carcassonne. The kids live it because if was their Monopoly, the mindless game they wasted rainy days with friends with.

I loathe it and will only play it to spend time with my girls. What a boring, dull game. I'd rather play a host of set collection card games with a standard deck.

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