Do you got a Ticket to Ride?Krysanne Martis
There are some board games that come to mind the minute one thinks of “classics”, and Ticket to Ride is one of them. With a smooth, easy gameplay that can be picked up by gamers across all ages, it ranks high in any list featuring board game favourites.
If you — like me — are a board game nerd, and can’t rest easy until you know the story behind every board game, read on! It’s October 2, 1900 — 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg, accepted and then won a £20,000 bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days”. That being said, it’s now your turn to gather old friends for a wager of your own: Which of you can travel by rail to the most cities in North America…?
We at Bored Game Company are not immune when it comes to this timeless classic! Ticket To Ride has been an instant favourite to anyone who wandered into our storefront in Pune looking for an antidote to their stay-at-home boredom. If you haven’t heard of this game (do you live under a rock?!) let me give you the gist:
The Ticket to Ride series by Days of Wonder is a cross-country train adventure where players lay down railway routes to connect various cities across Northern America. Every board game has a fantastic challenge, and in Ticket To Ride you need to race against your opponents to lay down your tracks first — because they could just block you if you’re not paying attention.
Like ‘Splendor’, the simplicity of Ticket To Ride does not take away from its sheer replay-ability. It has everything you want from a board game: easy-to-understand rules, the satisfaction of completing objectives and winning points, and that signature drop of competition without which board games would be no fun.
Everybody likes a good series, and Ticket To Ride latched onto the trend by releasing multiple editions of the game, each one with a new map. As of today you can play Ticket To Ride USA, Europe, Nordic Countries, Germany, New York, London, Amsterdam, Asia, India, Africa, Nederland, United Kingdom… [deep breath] and MORE!
I know your ears perked up when I mentioned Ticket to Ride: India. That’s right — the merry folks at TTR headquarters did dare to put this vast country onto their maps. Seeing local editions of international games never gets old, and I don’t know about you, but the Ticket to Ride: India map just hits different.
Once you’ve laid down a tricky route from Madras to Bhatinda, New York and Los Angeles just stop being that interesting.
And if you’re an edition chaser, the 15th Anniversary Edition of Ticket to Ride brings a whole new look to this timeless game.
So if you’re itching to get your hands on a board game to kill hours of boredom with your family or friends, you can’t go wrong with Ticket To Ride. If you can’t decide which edition to spring for, shut your eyes, spin the globe, and jab blindly into the unknown! Or, you know, you could always exercise your patriotic muscle and #shoplocal.