The next installment of the popular train-travel board game series has arrived in the form of Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails!
The new game takes the familiar gameplay of Ticket to Ride and expands it across the globe — which means that you'll be moving across water, of course, and that's where the sails come in. As normal in this series, players start with tickets in hand that show two cities. Over the course of the game they try to collect coloured cards and then claim routes on the playing board with their coloured train and ship tokens - scoring points by doing so.
When any player has six or fewer tokens in their supply, each player takes two more turns, then the game ends. At that point, if they've created a continuous path between the two cities on a ticket, then they score the points on that ticket; if not, then they lose points instead.
Ticket To Ride: Rails and Sails also adds a few twists to the formula. This includes starting with split card decks of trains and ships - with wild cards going in the train deck. Three cards of each type are revealed at the start of the game, and when you draw cards, you replace them with a card from whichever deck you like. Players choose their own mix of train and ship tokens at the start of the game.
Ship cards depict one or two ships on them, and when you play a double-ship card, you can cover one or two ship spaces. You can take an action during play to swap train tokens for ships (or vice versa), and you lose one point for each token you swap.
Each player also starts the game with three harbours. If you have built a route to a port city, you can take an action during the game to place a harbour in that city - with a limit of one harbour per port! To place the harbour, you must discard two train cards and two ship cards of the same colour, all of which must bear the harbour symbol (an anchor).
At the end of the game, you lose four points for each harbour not placed, and you gain 10-40 points for each placed harbour depending on how many of your completed tickets show that port city.
Please note that Rails and Sails is a standalone game in the Ticket To Ride series and is not an expansion!
- 2-5 Players
- Ages 10+
- 60-120 Minute Playing Time