Ticket To Ride and Days of Wonder are the gift that keeps giving! Ticket to Ride: Amsterdam continues the trend from Alan R. Moon of scaled-down versions of his 2004 hit. Like New York and London before it, Amsterdam is another dose of Ticket To Ride condensed into 15 minutes! In this standalone variant, the action takes place in the 17th century.
Amsterdam maintains all the core popular Ticket To Ride ingredients. Players start with one or two private tickets. These state a journey they’ll aim to complete across the Dutch city of Amsterdam. On a player’s turn, they can pick two transportation cards from a public flop of five. Or, they can pay cards from their hand to claim a matching colour route on the board, between two locations. Or, they can gamble and take on more tickets…
Players only have 16 carts to play with in Amsterdam. The era is the Dutch Golden Age, circa the 17th century, so it’s way before trains! Some routes show cart symbols on them. If you claim one of these routes, you get a Merchandise Bonus card. The player with the most of these cards at the end of the game earns an extra eight points. Points also get given to those with the second-most, third- and fourth-most. Do you chase after these? Or do you focus on completing your own routes?
Talking of the game end, it doesn’t take long! Once one player has two or fewer carts left in their supply, this triggers the final round. As mentioned, this can take between 10-15 minutes. The action is quick, simple and easy to teach. The map for Ticket To Ride: Amsterdam might be smaller, but it’s still scaled for 2-4 players to join in the fun. You don’t need to own any other copies within the Ticket To Ride series to enjoy Amsterdam.