Take A Trip

“Stop the world, I want to get off” goes the song. With the way things are going, perhaps it’s time to go on a long trip.

Except… as evidenced by Terraforming Mars: Turmoil, things aren’t going so well up there. Between navigating the political power struggles between ideologies and sending your own delegates to influence the handwringing Terraforming Committee, you’ve got your work cut out for you… if the new global events don’t ruin things entirely.

Okay. So maybe Mars is a bit far. We think Japan sounds nice. Ride the Shinkansen in the Ticket to Ride Japan/Italy Expansion. Weigh your options carefully between your contribution to Japan’s growing communal Bullet Train Network, a rail project with routes which are shared with all players and scoring your own individual tracks. After all, nobody likes a free rider and those who skip out will have penalties levied accordingly.

And for those who’d rather stay and veg… recommending Point Salad might be a little over-literal, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great game. A fast playing card drafting game, Point Salad has players drafting ingredients for their score piles, with a unique system where cards represent both the vegetables you need to fulfill the objectives and the objectives themselves – players must choose between grabbing vegetables to rack up scores, and grabbing the scoring objectives themselves.

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