Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
My apologies to anyone who isn’t into board games as this time the questions are focused around Ticket to Ride.
If you’ve been reading the blog, then you know our family likes board games and our favorite collectively is Ticket to Ride.
The problem, there are many versions of Ticket to Ride, and buying the game can be a little confusing.
“Belated Happy Birthday Greetings, sorry this is late. I am happy to read things are improving for Gannon. Who would have ever thought he would have complications? This was a tough go-around. Sounds like things are improving. I was wondering if you could talk about the board game Ticket to aridity. Trying to decide if this would work for any of my kids. There are a lot of versions too, which ones do you play?
Thanks for your help!”
I’m happy to help navigate it all.
The main and most popular version is Ticket to Ride. The game focuses around getting routes and building the train lines to get from the places listed on your route. For example, you might get a route card that says, Chicago to New York. You would have to get colored cards to get you from Chicago to Pittsburgh and then Pittsburgh to New York. The more routes you complete the better chance you have of winning the game.
This is listed as a game for people 8 and older. Carver, my 6-year-old grandson is a rare breed and has been playing with us for a year already. 2-5 players can play and it takes from 30-60 minutes depending on how many are playing. You can find the game HERE.
This is the version we play most often as Carver can easily play and it’s the most basic if we have Kelli’s kids here and everything is wild.
It has an expansion pack. The only thing in the expansion pack is… larger playing cards. The cards in this are about the same size as regular playing cards. The cards in the original game are about half that size.
The game was so popular it has expanded and has several different versions. We have Ticket to Ride Europe. it is similar to the US version only it covers European countries. The game has a couple of other features that are slightly different but for the most part, it’s the same game only in Europe.
2-5 players can play and it takes from 30-60 minutes depending on how many are playing. You can find the game HERE.
It too has an expansion pack and the only thing in it is again larger cards.
For my birthday last year, the kids bought me Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries. My grandparents came from Sweden so the kids thought it would be fun for me to have this. This is again, much the same game only it’s a smaller map.
Because of the smaller map, only 2-3 players can play and it takes from 30-60 minutes depending on how many are playing. You can find the game HERE.
Last year for Christmas I bought this for our family…This is Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails. This is my favorite version but, I wouldn’t recommend starting out with this one. This one goes around the globe and you not only have trains, but you also have boats too…thus the Rails and Sails. This game has the feature of having ports as well as routes.
This one is the largest map and the most complicated. This one lists 2-5 players, 10 years and older, and takes 90-120 minutes.
This game is unique in that you can flip the board over and have a whole new game that features the US Great Lakes region. So…it’s really like two games in one.
As I said, it’s my favorite version…but also might be a little complicated if you bought this one first and haven’t tried one of the other versions. This does take longer and a lot more concentration. We can’t play this if the house is full of kiddos…still my favorite. If you have played any of the other versions and enjoyed them, you’ll easily adapt to this and I’m guessing you’ll love it too!!
Those are the versions we have. There are many others. I’m sure they are all similar yet all a little different.
There is a kids’ version called Ticket to Ride First Journey. You can find that HERE.
There are many other versions:
Ticket to Ride Amsterdam
Ticket to Ride New York
Ticket to Ride London
Ticket to Ride Asia
Ticket to Ride India
Ticket to Ride Heart of Africa
Ticket to Ride Nederland
Ticket to Ride United Kingdom
Ticket to Ride France
Ticket to Ride Japan
You can find any of these HERE on Amazon.
I think I’m kind of done buying any other versions.
Our family has started into other board games…it’s mostly Craig and Karl that are deep into them and they try to pull us all in too.
Some of the games they love are:
Great is if you have nurses in your life
Like Settlers of Catan only deeper.
Dead of Winter
They haven’t gotten me to try this so I have no idea…just know they like it.
I love that we have turned into a board game family. It’s been kind of fun watching Carver grow and change after playing. Of everyone in the family, I think it’s my 6-year-old grandson and my 30-year-old son that like playing the most…well maybe that’s not true. Craig, Kalissa’s husband and my daughter Kelli love playing too…so does my son Buck. Oh heck. Everyone really enjoys playing!!
I hope that helps in choosing a game. If any of you readers have other board game suggestions, I would love to hear them as I’m always looking for an idea of something to get Karl…or Craig.