Tabletop Spotlight: Ticket to Ride Germany
Hop on a train and ride around Germany in the latest version of Ticket to Ride!
Ticket to Ride is a game series that just keeps on giving. In this version we also get some new mechanics that involve passengers on the trains now! Our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy brought over a copy to show off:
In Ticket to Ride Germany, the board is a lot more vertical than horizontal. The longest routes run North-South as opposed to East-West like in some of the other games. Now, you could simply turn the board size ways if you’re having trouble getting re-orientated, but what’s the fun in that!
The core mechanics and gameplay remain the same – players are trying to build/buy train routes using the colored cards. To lay down a route you must have a set of the matching colors. You’re trying to complete routes and fulfill tickets to score more points. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins. Simple enough, right? But players are also seeing the card pool and can pretty easily figure out where you’re planning on building. They can attempt to build there first or draw cards you might want to prevent you from getting the colors you need. It’s both really easy to learn and really strategic at the same time!
The new passengers mechanic basically adds to your score at the end. The more passengers you can get to ride your routes, the better. You’ve got to decide if you want to go for the shorter, quick routes to score early or if you want to go for “the long game” and try to get those rewarding-yet-difficult longer routes. You’ll probably have to adapt your strategy on the fly as the other players catch on to your schemes and try to counter you as well. But that’s the beauty of Ticket to Ride – so go check it out, Ticket to Ride Germany is in stores now!
Turn of the century Germany… Through a fine autumn rain, a plume of smoke announces the arrival of the 4:15 train from Nuremberg in the Munich Central Station. The din of the massive engine grows more intense, culminating with a prolonged hiss as the locomotive halts at the platform, steam erupting in every direction. Already, porters in livery are rushing to unload baggage as passengers step from their cars. On the opposite platform, an operator pulls the cord for a three-chime whistle and another train begins chugging toward its next destination: Berlin, capital of the German empire.
In Ticket to Ride Germany, build your own rail network to connect cities listed on your Destination Tickets. Watch out for your opponents who might be trying to reach the same far-flung corners of the German empire and outwit them by collecting valuable Passenger Meeples from the cities faster than they can. As with all installments in the Ticket to Ride series, this game can be learned in 5 minutes and provides hours of fun for families and experienced gamers alike. Hop on board!
Ticket to Ride Germany is a complete, new game that does not require the original version and is guaranteed to offer you hours of enjoyment.