Friday, November 14, 2014

DERAILMENT AT TICKET TO RIDE CHAMPIONSHIP

Ticket To Ride is one of our all-time favorite board games.  

First published in 2004, Ticket is an elegant railway-themed German-style board game designed by Alan R. Moon. Players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. The object of the game is to score the highest number of total points.

It is one of the most successful games of the board game renaissance.  Ticket to Ride has sold over three million copies and generated retail sales of more than $150m. Millions more play the game on-line.

There is even a highly competitive Ticket to Ride World Championship which this year is marred in a controversy.  The best-of-three match outcome may have been one through a mistake. 

Purple Pawn has the details.  The winner has been stripped of his TTR World Championship. He says it is all a big mistake. The loser says it was not a mistake and that he was cheated

On review of the games in question, organizers found evidence of cheating during the 2nd game of the final. Kenneth Heilfron was declared the World Champion.

I have to admit, mistakes can be made. One can also cheat and make it look like a mistake. I suppose it all comes to do your style of play and trust.

I remember once being accused of cheating, I did not pass it a set of cards for a route, the five yellows were sitting next to my ticket deck. It was frustrating because it was an honest mistake but I was in the lead & thus had to have cheated to be there. 

Next year they will be introducing mandatory drug testing and featuring a game with Lance Armstrong, Ben Johnson, Pete Rose & Tonya Harding.  



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