I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of board games, and one that my friends and I have been playing a lot of recently is Ticket To Ride. There are a few different versions of the game (I’ve played at least three variations) which have their own little extra rules, but more or less the game is the same whether it’s the American version or the European version or the special edition or whatever. There is a board (showing either North America or Europe, depending on which version you’ve got) with various cities marked on it. The cities are connected by lines of various lengths, representing train lines, and these are shown in different colours. At the start of the game the players are dealt ticket cards, which show two cities that the player then has to connect. The other type of card dealt is a train card, and there are various colours which match those of the train lines on the map. So on your turn you have to draw train cards, collecting the various colours, until you have enough to spend them to buy a track. You then put small plastic train pieces on the board to claim the track, with the goal of joining up the cities on your ticket card. Tickets are worth points, as are the trains that you put on the board. I realise that that’s not the greatest description of the game, and it doesn’t make it seem very interesting or fun, but if you’re a fellow board game geek you’ve probably a) already heard of the game and b) you’ll be able to see how there is a lot of enjoyment to be had here. There are many different strategies for playing; some people I play with gamble and take lots of tickets which they have to then complete, while other people only do a few tickets and focus on getting points by building long routes. A lot of the time you’ll end up competing against the other players for certain routes and getting forced to take the long way around to certain cities, and that can be fun and frustrating in equal parts. I know that my love of board games is really nerdy, and adding trains to that makes it even more so, but this really is a great game, and one which I enjoy immensely.