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Master Routes Lists
Latest update by CMBF
on Mar 14th 2013
Ticket to Ride as a game is primarily focused upon a set of Routes - or Destination Cards - that are drawn by the players in order to establish their primary goals. Each map in the game includes a finite set of routes between cities, among which depending upon the player's personal strategy are key routes that are far more important and valuable than others. The rub is that if you do not know what the related routes are, you can end up eroding a winning position by drawing additional Destination Cards after you have already obtained the core routes that apply to your current strategic position.
Veteran players will already know all of the routes, and so will know when to stop drawing Destination Cards, but new players are often defeated because of their lack of knowledge with respect to the different routes that are available or yet to have been drawn.
An interesting phenomenon can be observed in which players who are new to the game presume that since they already have a route through a city that seems like it would have other routes attached to it, it is a good idea to keep drawing in order to extend their position - a phenomenon that can reach back and bite you hard if you happen to assume that just because a city is on the map that it actually has a Destination Card associated with it.
A good example of that situation is the city of Las Vegas, which has NO Destination Cards in the base game at all!
Attached to this section of the WIki are the Master Route Lists for each Map - just hit the Plus Symbol next to this page in the index.