Along with planning additional posts on card games I figured it was time to finally start writing about board games. Like many others, my interest in them was renewed with the Geek & Sundry Youtube series TableTop. I had nearly forgotten about all the board games I had played with family and friends growing up, and how they fell to the wayside with life and video/computer games.

When getting back into board games, or playing one for the first time, it can be hard to pick a game that’s easy to learn while offering plenty of replay value. Sure, there’s the old stand-by’s like checkers, chess, Clue, Monopoly, etc. but in the past decade a huge number of new games have come out, and I hope to eventually cover a good number of them. One of the best games to start with is Ticket to Ride.

In this game, 2-5 players take turn drawing cards and laying down train routes across a map. The length of your route will affect how many points you get, and there are some extremely long routes that can be made. Each route is worth a number of points, which is added up and the player moves their piece around the edge of the board. But watch out! Not only can another player block your planned route (unless there’s a parallel track that you can claim before another player does), but you also have Destination Ticket cards, which have pre-determined routes that you need to build before the end of the game (which is when a player has 2 or fewer train pieces), otherwise those points will be subtracted from your score.

It’s easy to recommend Ticket to Ride. It has a simple learning curve, yet there’s plenty of strategy. The large number of routes, along with completely new maps/boards available, means this game can and should have a permanent spot in your collection, no matter how large or small that may be.