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Through the Ages

Hop on board as we head off on a journey of journeys, from early train games to modern successors that – literally – go off the rails

ROUTE BUILDING

For many, 2004’s Ticket to Ride was an introduction to designer games, a route into the modern tabletop hobby. Understandably so: the simple ruleset and accessible theme create a solid point of reference for new players as they begin to explore what experiences games can offer. It’s no surprise then that Alan R. Moon’s masterpiece has sold millions of copies and can be found on the shelves of big-box retailers around the world. It has also spawned myriad spin-offs and special editions creating a veritable smash hit, an empire resting on one simple concept: route building.

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