The world is changing fast. All over the world, railroad tracks bridge countries and continents, and journeys that would take weeks can now be completed in a matter of days. Seas are no longer obstacles: huge steamers carrying hundreds of passengers sail across the oceans.
As in other Ticket to Ride games, players start with tickets in hand that show two cities, and over the course of the game they try to collect coloured cards, then claim routes on the game board with their coloured train and ship tokens, scoring points while doing so. When any player has six or fewer tokens in their supply, each player takes two more turns, then the game ends.
Similarly, players choose their own mix of train and ship tokens at the start of the game. To claim a train route you must play train cards and cover those spaces with train tokens. To claim a ship route you must play ship cards and cover those spaces with ship tokens. 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 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. To place the harbour, you must remove two train cards and two ship cards of the same colour, all of which must bear the harbour symbol. 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.
From Los Angeles to Sydney, from Murmansk to Dar Es Salaam, Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails takes you on a railroad adventure across the entire globe. All aboard, and get ready for an unforgettable journey!
Rails and Sails can be played with 2-5 players aged 10 years or older with an estimated playing time of 1-2 hours. Available here.
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