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Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

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The Ticket to Ride Card Game delivers all of the excitement, fun and nail-biting tension of the original Ticket to Ride board game, but with several unique game-play twists in a new stand-alone, card game format. You'll collect sets of illustrated Train cards which are then used to complete Destination Tickets - routes between two cities depicted on each ticket. But you'll first face the risk of "train-robbers" forcing you to lose your hard-earned cards. The Ticket to Ride Card Game is the perfect portable way to take your next new train adventure!

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I Am What I Am
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57 of 64 gamers found this helpful
“Way More Confusing than it is Fun”

For full disclosure when I bought this game off of ebay I thought it was the board game, not the card game. That disappointment may have clouded my judgement for this game. That said I gave it a chance to win me over.

I played a two player game after reading the rules through a couple of times. I found the rules to be a bit confusing about a couple of components, namely the On-The-Track stack and Train Robbing sections. I feel like the cute names distracted from the clarity of the rules. Also robbing isn’t a correct word since it causes your opponent to discard a train instead of taking it for yourself.

The game took us about 45 minutes to play, though it will go faster when we get the hang of it. The mechanics worked and give you some small room for interaction but mostly it felt like we were playing solo games. 10 minutes of the game time was scoring. I had 14 destination tickets to add up and subtract. While it’s not hard math it was still confusing to really keep track of. Once I’m used to it that may change.

On the plus side the cards are attractive and feel good in my hand. I liked the artwork a great deal.

Typically when I play a game I want to run through it a second time but I was done after one this time. I want to go back and give it another chance but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. There are too many good games out there to tell people to spend money on this.

 
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56 of 65 gamers found this helpful
“You could play again - but would you want to?”

While I could imagine this game working for others, it absolutely doesn’t for me. I’m one of those annoying people that naturally tracks information that I see in a game: I count cards; count supposedly hidden VP in games like Puerto Rico or Smallworld where the payouts are public; stuff like that. So I naturally attempted to keep track of the cards I’d played in TtR:tCG. And it was hard; painfully so. If I’d been sensible, I would have given up – but then I would (by my standards) have been “playing badly”: so I ended up exerting quite a lot of effort to play a horrible little take-that game as well as I could.

It’s not worth it. The game is capricious, random, and chaotic. Any planning one might do is wiped out in a moment of inattention, or by the casual convenience of an opponent. Here, devious plays are not the stuff of planning, achievement, or subterfuge: they’re just the mislabelling of coincidence.

 
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57 of 69 gamers found this helpful
“Not the train game you think it is”

Ticket to Ride the card game takes a genuinely great board game and tries to bring it down to a card game. The issue with the game is that it loses the approachability of it’s sire. As written, the game rules are difficult as you try to remember how many cards in what combinations you have saved. It feels more like a mental excercise. I’d imagine that this game would work well for those people who like to play chess blindfolded.

Pros:
Beautiful art (wouldn’t expect less from DoW)
Portability

Cons:
It isn’t fun! Memorization feels awful.

We have found that the only way to play it is with a house rule that I’ll post on the appropriate page.

 
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I play purple
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“House Rules All The Way”

I don’t know what possessed the makers to add the extra steps that they did to the card game version of everyone’s favourite rail laying game, but it plays a heck of a lot quicker, and with way more fun if you dump the (quite frankly) confusing trainyard step and “dumb down” the game to a simple set collection variant, much like its full length parent. ANd that house rule variation is why I have rated it much higher than other reviews here.

However, once it exists in that form, what you get is a fun, light little filler that you can take with you pretty much anywhere, and if you have 15-30 minutes to kill, it’s a more than adequate way to fill that time.

 
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“Now where did I put it?”

THis ins not even close to the original. This is more a memory game then anything. And if you are like me, not even remembering who that dude in the mirror is from time to time. Then this game is not for you.

It’s confusing and plain contradictory at times.

Avoid!

 
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57 of 76 gamers found this helpful
“Good Filler Game”

This game isn’t horrible, but it isn’t great either. It’s one of those games that makes a good two-player filler. When my wife and I are tired of Jambo, Castle Panic or Carcassonne, we might pick up this game and play. Would I bring this game to the table with my usual gaming group? No.

 
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“If you want to play a train card game again get Railways of the World”

Railways of the World:The Card Game is what Ticket to Ride: The Card Game” wishes it was. Cards for paying track, improving trains for longer routes, shipping goods to cities that you’ve collected

 

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