Ticket to Ride is an excellent game and I highly recommend it as a gateway game for non-gamers.
Each player has to collect sets of train cards in order to claim rail lines and victory points using the right amount and color of train cards cards. Added spice comes from choosing special trip cards which can be short, medium or long and if you complete these, they will gather you more victory points.
The challenge is that each turn you need to choose at least one special trip card and eventually, with other players taking rail lines it becomes difficult or impossible to complete all of your special trip cards. Each one you don’t complete takes the indicated victory points away from you at the end of the game. In a recent 5-player game, this turned out to be devastating to a couple of players.
I think that 5 players, although allowed, may be one too many as 1-2 new players spent chunks of time feeling frustrated. Otherwise this is a great game from Days of Wonder.
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