Ticket To Ride is the next Monopoly. This train-themed board game is becoming increasingly ubiquitous on my friends’ and families’ shelves at home. It can be played by up to five people and involves each player choosing destination cards that determine the routes that they will try to complete between cities along a map of the United States (there are also Europe and Nordic Countries versions as well). Never played before? Check out the Ticket To Ride episode of TableTop!
For more experienced players (or those looking for a more wild time), this is where the Alvin & Dexter expansion comes into the picture!
Alvin is an alien invader and Dexter is a non-trademarked Godzilla lookalike (aka dinosaur) represented by two figurines. They add a more aggressive and chaotic element to the classic Ticket To Ride board game, giving every player a chance to level the playing field. You notice another player is clearly trying to complete a route from San Francisco to Montreal (and thus securing their lead with the longest train)? Well now you can pay up a few locomotive (wild) train cards and place your alien or dinosaur comrade on a city of your choosing. If your opponent has a route going through that city, their points on that destination card are automatically cut in half. Brutal! This expansion forces players to reevaluate what they know about Ticket To Ride and makes the game a whole lot more uproarious and fun.
Have you played Ticket To Ride with the Alvin & Dexter expansion? Share your stories below and be sure to watch the Ticket To Ride episode of TableTop for a hilarious in-depth look at the game in action!