So, as many of you know, the family and I are obsessed with Ticket to Ride.
Awhile ago I had come up with some rough rules on how to play with teams. I had the chance to try it out when Paul and Marissa visited and this is what we came up with:
You and your partner share trains. You can work off of what your partner lays down, just as if they were your trains. In the beginning of standard play, each person is dealt three destination tickets and must keep two. In Team play, you only have to keep one.
We also introduced the concept of The Peek. Everyone starts out with one peek available. On your turn you may choose to peek at your partner's destination tickets. This is all you may do on your turn. If your partner chooses to take more destination tickets on his or her turn, you are then allowed another peek if you wish to use another turn. I wanted to be "reimbursed" if I didn't use my peek, say three points at the end of the game, but this was vetoed. So, we haven't played that way so I don't know how it would work. Currently, if you do or don't use your peek there is no consequence.
The rules for table talk between partners is unclear. Only mind reading was deemed appropriate, although Paul feels that winking and setting your trains down "with especial purpose" is allowed as well.
The most people we've played with is 6, although I suppose up to 10 could play.
ALL OUT (not for team play)
The next variation I have just named "All Out" and I'm not sure if I like it. We have yet to play All Out. The concept is to deal all of the destination tickets at the beginning. You must keep all that you are dealt. Of course, you probably won't be able to get to all of them, so you must decide which tickets you won't accomplish and take the hit.
I got the idea for "All Out" when I successfully accomplished ten destinations in one game. That game was a 3 player game. I think to play All Out you must have at least 3 people. A 2 person game would need a variation on the variation, and I think I'm going to try that out today.
Anyway, I do love Ticket to Ride. Have fun playing. Let me know how the variations work for you.
Wait... do any of you actually have the game?