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Ticket to Ride is frequently recommended as a great gateway game and I've seen it used effectively as such. There are quite a few different games and expansions in the series now and I wanted to collect BGG community opinion on them.

So, what are the Ticket to Ride games and expansions that you consider great or terrible, and why. Please vote on the polls, but leave a comment on the items if you feel the answers don't quite capture what you'd like to say. Don't forget to thumb your personal favourite items.

Winners of poll competition: mccann98 (3GG), and runners up The_Piper, jonocop and red turtle.

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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:84]
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The original Ticket to Ride game. Criticised for balance issues with some routes and for the teeny tiny cards, it's still a best-selling game.

Poll: Ticket to Ride
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, doesn't add anything or is bad.
      1178 answers
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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This expansion to the basic Ticket to Ride adds new destination tickets (And larger sized cards)

Poll: Ticket to Ride: 1910
Is this expansion a must-have?

Yes! It really makes the base game sing
It's okay, I play with it sometimes
Not really, doesn't add much.
No! This is actively harmful.
      965 answers
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:63]
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Set on a map of turn of the century Europe (with local names), the geography of this map might be a little unfamiliar, but the game is still the Ticket to Ride we love.

This map adds a couple of new elements including station houses that allow players to sacrifice a few points to make use of another player's track, and tunnels which add an element of risk to building as they may require extra cards.

Poll: Ticket to Ride: Europe
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, doesn't add anything or is bad.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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A new mini-expansion similar to the 1910 Expansion for the original ticket to ride except aimed at Ticket to Ride: Europe. This one adds a whole new series of destination cards as well as the new Warehouses pieces which can be used with any TTR game.



Poll: Ticket to Ride; Europa 1912
1. Is this expansion a must-have for Ticket to Ride: Europe?
Yes! It really makes the TTR:Europe sing!
It's okay, I play with it
Not really, doesn't add much.
No! This is actively harmful.
2. Is this expansion good for TTR games other than Europe?
Yes, the warehouses are great!
It's okay for variety
It's not worth it, don't bother.
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:158]
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Names after the popular German model train maker, this game is played on a map of Germany with the edges of some neighboring countries. It adds passengers to the games which players try to move around in addition to completing routes as in a normal TTR game. For extra novelty, the board is in portrait orientation.

Poll: Ticket to Ride: Marklin
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, doesn't add anything or is bad.
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
 
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The Switzerland map was released as an expansion because it lacked the train pieces and train cards necessary to play (Europe or 1910 were sufficient to play). In all other respects it's a full game. It has tunnels like Europe (Switzerland has many tunnels), but adds special destination cards that require paris of neighboring countries to be connected rather than specific cities.

This was the first specific 2-3 player map.

Poll: Ticket to Ride; Switerzerland
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, doesn't add anything or is bad.
      790 answers
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:82]
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Initially released just in the Nordic countries it represents, this game was released to some controversy in English last year and is now easily available. It is a complete game but suited for 2-3 players and contains non-standard train colours and a winter themed train card deck.



Poll: Ticket to Ride; Nordic Countries
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, doesn't add anything or is bad.
      669 answers
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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train Expansion [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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These handful of alternative tickets released as a limited Essen expansion added some non-destination actions such as doubling another ticket or looking through the ticket pile as options.

Poll: Ticket to Ride: Mystery Train
Is this expansion a must-have?

Yes! It really makes the base game sing
It's okay, I play with it sometimes
Not really, doesn't add much.
No! This is actively harmful.
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
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This expansion replaces the set/card collection mechanic with dice rolling providing railroad dice and a special dice cup. It may be telling that this even received a scathing review from Tom Vasel

Poll: Ticket to Ride: Dice Expansion
Is this expansion a must-have?

Yes! It really makes the base game sing
It's okay, I play with it sometimes
Not really, doesn't add much.
No! This is actively harmful.
      526 answers
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1588]
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This rather distant member of the family replaces the board and nifty plastic trains with a memory element of keeping track of what cards you've managed to accumulate in your stacks.

Poll: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game
Is this game a must-have Ticket to Ride?

Yes! It's my favourite of all of them
Yes. It's a great Ticket to Ride
It's okay, I might play it sometimes
Maybe if you're bored of all the others
No, it doesn't add anything.
This isn't a Ticket to Ride game!
      621 answers
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In a fit of whimsy, I just developed the all new Ticket to Ride: The Catapult expansion. It probably took more time than the Dice Expansion. The title of this item is a link to the thread where I discuss the rules and how to play. We're a bit short of pictures because noone has tried it yet.

This expansion adds dexterity, luck, and the phrase "Catapult the Choo-Choo" to the game, as well as allowing more direct player interaction and a way to get back links you've been blocked from. Even better, the inevitable loss of pieces will sell more games for Days of Wonder.

So, on to the poll.

Poll: Ticket to Ride: The Catapult
12. Is this expansion a must-play-with?

Yes! It really makes the base game sing
It sounds okay, I'm going to play with it sometimes
Not really, doesn't seem to add much.
No! This is actively harmful. People might die!
You're kidding. This isn't even a real expansion. Yet.
13. Should Days of Wonder produce this?
Yes! I want a piece of paper with the rules printed on it.
No! Don't be ridiculous
No. But they probably will anyway.
      470 answers
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12. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Thanks for thumbing the list, everyone!
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