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Old 08-13-2008, 11:43 AM
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Just played some settlers last night. Love that game. Then I was taught a new game called Oh No! (At least that's what I think it's called) It was a really fun game. There was a fair amount of strategy with team play, although it can be played solo as well.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:54 AM
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Has anyone played "Bang!" (the old-west mafia-like game)? We got it as a gift, but haven't had enough people to play it yet.
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Has anyone played "Bang!" (the old-west mafia-like game)? We got it as a gift, but haven't had enough people to play it yet.
it's great. especially since beer heals you
also fun is to kill someone before they get a turn (well, i guess it's only fun when you're not that person).
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:27 PM
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I played Ticket to Ride for the first time tonight. Good stuff!
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I played Ticket to Ride for the first time tonight. Good stuff!
My kids like that, but if IIRC it suffers from the problem that you can't ride others' rails, so a cut-throat rail-taking strategy can shut down portions of the board.

I should also mention to all: boardgamegeek.com is a fantastic site for both game reviews and strategy hints for whatever games you happen to play...
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My kids like that, but if IIRC it suffers from the problem that you can't ride others' rails, so a cut-throat rail-taking strategy can shut down portions of the board.

and ticket to ride europe fixes that. there are stations that can be played as an action, you ride one link belonging to another person for serving all of your tickets. costs you 4 points for each one used though, but it's easily worth it if it makes the ticket.
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and ticket to ride europe fixes that. there are stations that can be played as an action, you ride one link belonging to another person for serving all of your tickets. costs you 4 points for each one used though, but it's easily worth it if it makes the ticket.
Interesting, I wonder if I can retro-apply that to the US version.

On the same topic, does Ticket to Ride add anything that Empire Builder/British Rails/Eurorails doesn't have? I played all those games years ago, and can't recall a significant difference.

Well, other than the cute plastic trains.
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Interesting, I wonder if I can retro-apply that to the US version.
may make for an interesting game. i played that way (us w/ stations) a few years ago, don't remember how it played, but wouldn't think it would be any different.

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On the same topic, does Ticket to Ride add anything that Empire Builder/British Rails/Eurorails doesn't have? I played all those games years ago, and can't recall a significant difference.
in my mind, they are significantly different (genres of) games. ticket to ride is a simple quick beginner game, where you have a blatant objective: to complete your tickets. in the "crayon rails" (empire builder, etc), you have a goal, to get to $250 in cash and some number of major cities, but there's multiple ways to do that, and the focus is more on route efficiency and payouts, along with some good luck along the way.
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Got to play Ticket to Ride this weekend. The Marklin Germany edition. Good stuff, but I did not play very well my first time through. Thinking about possibly getting one for the home, but kids might still be too young and wife isn't really into these types of board games. (She played Munchkin once which shocked the hell outta me).

Also played Shadows over Camelot, which is a pretty fun co-operative board game. Well... usually cooperative. There is the "traitor" rules that make it more fun (somewhat like Exam Committee)

Question to those who like Ticket to Ride, where do you play online?
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Got to play Ticket to Ride this weekend. The Marklin Germany edition. Good stuff, but I did not play very well my first time through. Thinking about possibly getting one for the home, but kids might still be too young and wife isn't really into these types of board games. (She played Munchkin once which shocked the hell outta me).

Also played Shadows over Camelot, which is a pretty fun co-operative board game. Well... usually cooperative. There is the "traitor" rules that make it more fun (somewhat like Exam Committee)

Question to those who like Ticket to Ride, where do you play online?
How old are your kids?

My daughter is 7 and loves to play Ticket to Ride with my wife and I. We eased her in by relaxing some of the rules (allowing her the normal choice of 3 destinations but I and my wife would only draw 1 at a time, not really "going for the block" but just playing to get destinations, some other small things) but she's gotten good enough that we are pretty much playing standard now, except for when the 6 year old want to play too then we go back to our starter rules.

And it helps with (very general) geography.
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