sean johnson(SeanXor)United States
After losing the first match up in Dominion, she wanted to make sure that she had a good chance to win the second match up. Due to playing on iOS devices, she has a lot more Ticket to Ride experience than I do. However, the last couple of times we have played together I ended ahead of her on the score track. We view Ticket to Ride more like a system as opposed to individual games. We have access to all of the maps/expansions except for the Nordic Countries map, so they were all open for my wife to choose, and we planned on switching it up between matches. So which one of us emerged as the winner from an evening of route building?
Brief Game Overview
In Ticket to Ride players score points by building train routes between cities. The players build routes by playing sets of like colored cards. These routes range from small routes that only take 1 card to connect to cities to long routes that require 6 cards. Each time a player builds a route they score points. However, players will also have secret destination tickets where they score points when they connect two cities to each other. Players have the option to add more of these destination tickets if they wish throughout the game. At the end of the game the player who has accumulated the most points from claiming routes on the board and completing tickets wins the game.
For the first game we started out fairly basic using the basic USA map, with the 1910 Destination tickets. My opening destinations worked fairly well as I had Seattle to Oklahoma City as well as Vancouver to Pittsburgh. I built this all as one large cross country route. After that I began tacking destination tickets and building small branch lines to easily connect my new tickets.
My wife also got a decent start with her destinations as she had two destination that had a start point in Salt Lake City. She had other destinations that easily connected for her as well.
As the game got close to the end, she had six destination tickets and I had five. The person with the most completed destinations got 15 bonus points. I drew tickets, and I could not complete any that I drew. This turned out to be a mistake because I got hit with -13 points. My wife did the same thing, but her damage was only -7 points.
Going for the extra ticket was my critical mistake, because when we added in the destination ticket points I was not that much behind. She won 132 to 125.
For the second game we played on the Europe map via the iPad. For the most part we did not interact much this game as our destination tickets did not cross paths very much. However, this changed when I drew an extra ticket that put me wanting a path she wanted as well. A couple of turns later the same thing happened in reverse. However, the station rules really lessened the hurt of that. I stalled at putting down track in the late game, and my wife did not so she really pulled ahead on the point track. She also claimed the longest route bonus points. While the game was competitive she had a very clear victory, winning 141 to 114.
Ticket to Ride: Abigail wins 2-0
Season Record: Sean 1 Abigail 1
Losing means that I get the next pick. There are several games I am considering, but I am leaning most heavily towards Core Worlds or Assault on Galactus Prime.