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What's the point of putting five face-up train cards next to the deck in Ticket to Ride?

When you are taking cards on your turn, you can choose to take any of the face-up cards rather than taking one from the deck. Taking a face-up card this way lets you choose what you are getting (as ...
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In this case, why was "Longest Train" not a tie in Ticket to Ride?

Yellow's "longest train" is only 38 points. Loops won't count towards the "longest train" count unless they can be continued without doubling over itself. Otherwise, only the ...
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Last turn in Ticket to Ride: clarification

He can only claim a route with length 1 because he only has one train. You will not magically get more trains because it is the last turn so all normal rules still apply. By the rules: Game End When ...
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Do you LOSE points for uncompleted destination tickets in Ticket to Ride Japan?

Yes, you do. Although it is not exactly specified in the Japan rulebook, the beginning of the rulebook does say this: This rules booklet describes the game play changes specific to the Japan Map and ...
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Does everyone get to see the color of a train card drawn from the pile?

No, when you draw a card from the deck it is hidden to the rest of the players. Other players only know what you get when you pick one of the face up cards. One of the benefits of drawing from the ...
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Can I claim a route longer than the number of trains I have left?

No, you cannot claim a route longer than the number of plastic trains you have left. Ticket to Ride Rules Claim a Route The player may claim a route on the board by playing a set of Train Car ...
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Is there a limit to the number of locomotives used to build a route?

No, there is no limit. You could even complete a route using only locomotives. Remember that even though Locomotives are Wild and can be used freely like that, it is harder to collect them. Rather ...
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Is there negative marking when destination cards are drawn and not enough trains are left?

Players get negative points for any destination tickets that are incomplete when the game ends, period. Either this player got unlucky, or made a foolish decision drawing new tickets so close to the ...
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How does one evaluate a "locomotive" (rainbow card) in "Ticket to Ride?"

Here are three sources of pain you try to avoid: Drawing only one resource card instead of two Drawing resource cards that you will never be able to spend Losing a race to build a link you want (an ...
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Do destination cards have to be completed in a particular direction?

All you need is an unbroken chain between the two cities. It doesn't matter which way you started it, how many cities are in between, or whether it is the most direct route. From the rules: Each ...
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Can I discard a ticket if it can't be completed?

There is no way to get rid of a destination card once you already have it. Destination cards count as negative points against your score if you do not complete them for a reason (think of it ...
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Is it legal to pick up cars from a previously claimed route and replay them elsewhere?

You cannot pick up cars from a previously claimed route in order to claim a new route. Resource management is one of of the control factors of the game; you only get 45 cars to achieve your routes. ...
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Why are there double paths?

It depends on the number of players. The second path is available when you have four or more players. Important Note: In 2 or 3 player games, only one of the Double-Routes can be used. A player ...
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Losing points for partially completed destination tickets in Ticket to Ride

There's no such thing as a ticket that's "started" vs "not started". Unless it refers to the act of taking the ticket. When you take a ticket, you must complete that route, or lose points for not ...
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Is there negative marking when destination cards are drawn and not enough trains are left?

It is common that when drawing new destination tickets, none of them will be possible to complete. Especially if drawing later in the game. It makes no difference if the reason that it's impossible to ...
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Ticket to ride end of game dilemma

It sounds as though you have misunderstood how playing train cards to claim routes works. On your turn, you can either draw train cards, draw destination tickets, or "claim a route". A "...
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In this case, why was "Longest Train" not a tie in Ticket to Ride?

Green appears to have a length of 40 and Yellow appears to have a length of 38. Looking at the green path there are a total of 4 cars that can't be counted in the longest path. Sault St. Marie to ...
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Is it mandatory to draw more Destination Tickets when they are completed?

No. Your opponents should not know when you complete a route until the end of the game. Also, you score points for every track you lay down, so you aren't just playing to block other players or to get ...
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Ticket to Ride house rule to help players with short destination tickets

The goal in TTR is not "complete the cards you're given", it's "get the most points". There are plenty of ways to do this with short routes (e.g. by focusing on building only length 4+, not going for ...
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Do you need to complete both routes indicated on a destination card?

You only have to make the required connection (Glasgow to France) once for 19 points. Like all destination tickets; a single ticket cannot be scored multiple times, even if you connect the locations ...
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Claiming a tunnel when no matching cards are turned over

Yes, you can. There were zero cards revealed from the train draw pile which matched the colour of the cards used to claim the tunnel (red), so you must play zero extra red cards - and having done that ...
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Do you have to have the destination card in hand to claim the destination?

You can claim any unoccupied route between any two locations (that does not require passing through a third location) at any time. You do not require a destination ticket showing either location, and ...
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Do you need to reveal which specific tunnel you’re attempting to claim?

Yes, you need to indicate which tunnel you are attempting to claim. This has been a somewhat contentious question among other players; because you are correct that the rulebook doesn't not directly ...
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How to play Ticket to Ride with children?

I played with my 5y old daughter using the Ticket to Ride: Europe base game and the following house rules. (We played twice; each game taking 20-30min.) The first player to complete 4 tickets wins! (...
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How can I handicap Ticket To Ride: USA, without seeming patronizing?

Some actions you can take, in increasing order of difficulty it will impose: Don't aim for the Longest Route. Don't draw from the visible options. This will reduce the 'skill' you can exercise, ...
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What happens to the cards revealed when building a tunnel?

They're discarded. From the Switzerland rules, page 2: The three Train Car cards revealed for the Tunnel are discarded. Note that train cards are never put on the bottom of the draw pile. Only ...
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Are there any time limit per move in Ticket To Ride?

There is no time limit for each turn and etiquette for turn length depends on the group that you are playing in. The best suggestion that I can make for you is to remind your wife that she can start ...
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Last turn in Ticket to Ride: clarification

This situation is not explicitly covered by the Game End rules. However, since not all the steps of claiming a route (see below) can be executed, I'd interpret not having enough colored trains as an ...
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Ticket to ride, 1910: What are the big cities

From the rules pdf (also quoted in this blog post) : The Big Cities are Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Seattle.
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If a player completes all their routes, are they required to pick up new destination cards even if the game is almost finished?

According to the rules (available here) you are not required to pick new destination cards when you complete the ones in your hand. Player 2 can simply perform one of the other actions for his last ...
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