I had the pleasure of playing Ticket to Ride with Rabbit and Alpal on Board Game Arena. It had been a while since I played, so the new addition on Board Game Arena was welcome. Rabbit had only ever seen me play on the Xbox before, but the constant train whistle had annoyed her so much that she never wanted to play. But I’m happy to say that she agreed to give it a try!
Ticket to Ride made a massive splash a few years ago, and for good reason. The concept is familiar to many people – build train lines that connect cities on your tickets. The further apart the cities, the higher your score. But you need to be careful – if you can’t complete the ticket, you lose that many points instead!
You build train lines by collecting coloured cards that match the tracks and handing in one card per square on the section you want to claim. It sounds so simple, but in Ticket to Ride, you will constantly be getting in someone’s way or blocked by another player. But that’s what makes it so much fun! It’s a great balance of fun and frustration.
I was happy to get into a couple of games of Ticket to Ride on Board Game Arena, and the implementation is great. It did make me want to pull out my 10th Anniversary game though and play on the table. It’s a pity the base game for 2 players isn’t quite as much fun. There are smaller versions like Ticket to Ride London that is great for 2 players if that’s what you are looking for though.