Nerd Bacon is now on Flickr! Here's our chance to share awesome pictures with you guys: rare consoles, huge collections, and maybe a few other things you've never seen are in store. Visit Nerd Bacon @ Flickr now! And check back often as we continue to add new pics from our members!

Nerd Bacon is endeavoring to bring you more news than ever before! Visit our NEWS SECTION to stay up-to-date with the gaming world!

Bacon Bits

No updates in past 7 days!

Ever wanted to know what our senior members are up to in their spare time? Want to get to know our writers a little better? Then take a look at our brand new Bacon Bits: The Baconeer Blogs and see what they have to say!

MEMBERS AREA Updated August 1st.

Navigation by WebRing.

Random Articles


Twitch Schedule

The Watchman's Retro Weekend
Saturdays @ Noon EST

Join The Watchman every Saturday for the best retro arcade and console games.

Special Events

None at this time

Be sure to subscribe and keep watch for emails about special streams.


What's Shakin' at the Bacon

The WatchmanThe Watchman Owner

Don't forget - This Sunday is the NerdBacon Game of the Year Awards Spectacular! - 8pm EST on

nerdberryNerdberry Owner

Hope everyone is safe during these hurricanes and wildfires! Irma and Harvey are total b-holes.

elder grapeVariand Owner

Framework and several plugins updated. Several issues fixed. Let me or other admins know if you find goofy stuff

InfiniteKnifeInfiniteKnife Twitch

Thinking of doing a stream series soon. The theme: Retro games I never beat as a kid and want to try again. Thoughts?

Sign in to update your status

Recent Comments

  • TestPatient: Great album review/article! I found the album eagerly anticipating Holy Wood as well! I agree completely. It’s fantastic.……
  • Greedfall: They have released a new (short) teaser video on their Facebook page. The game looks absolutely stunning, let's hope that……
  • Nips
    Nips: Many thanks! I would be really excited to see a sequel, or even a spiritual successor that might tackle a……
  • Roy Hartsell: I hope Carolina Pride doesn't stop curing their bacon the way they do. Lately their bacon has gone from raw……
  • Roy Hartsell: My bacon is starting to burn before it gets done. Smithfield must have bought them!!!…
  • Nerdberry
    Nerdberry: really excellent review Papa Nips! Probably your finest review too! This game does look awesome, and the 4 vinyl soundtrack……
  • Marie Stone: I tried this and had a complaint about uneven slices. Some were very thick while others were very thin, within……
  • Åskblad: Great and objective review, I like it! I'm not very fond of the mainstream Nintendo fanboyism, however you're entirely right;……
RBG #9: Ticket to Ride Europe

RBG #9: Ticket to Ride Europe

pic66668Designer: Alan R. Moon

PublisherDays of Wonder

Genre: Strategy, German-Style

Number of Players: 2-5 Players

Release Date: 2005

Difficulty: Easy

Score: 9 / 10

Let me state something right now, I know it is the holiday season. It would make sense that we at the RBG would review a Christmas or holiday themed board game right? WELL WRONG! We at the RBG haven’t found a Christmas themed game that we would actually like to sit down and incorporate into our monthly gaming session. So if you have any holiday themed/inspired board or card games you would like us to try, leave us a comment. For now we will check out a staple for when our family comes around and we feel like taking capitalism in our own hands…Ticket to Ride Europe.


Wait, this is Europe?

Once you open the box, Ticket to Ride Europe can look rather menacing, especially for anyone who isn’t used to playing an actual tabletop game. But no need to be wary, as the game is rather simple.  Overall your goal is to become the largest train/railroad baron in all of Europe and snuff out the competition along the way. You do this by earning the most points by building trains and completing tickets, which essentially serve as your “goals” for the entirety of the game. You build trains by collecting train cards of the same color to match a designated rail on the board. A match ends once one player only has 0-2 trains remaining in their depot.

Now, let me elaborate on these tickets for a second. Each player is given a ticket to start, which is typically worth around 20 points. This is your primary route to focus around, in which I recommend you do so. I suggest this because you actually lose the number of points displayed if you are unable to complete it. If you finish your destination route quickly or you just feel like being risky, you can spend any turn taking 1-3 tickets though there is a catch. If you do choose to take this option, then you MUST take at least one ticket despite the outcome.


Destination and short routes

As kind of alluded to in the title, Ticket to Ride Europe is not the original Ticket to Ride. The original game has expanded into many different regions and territories. Just to name a few we have:

  • Ticket to Ride
  • Ticket to Ride Europe
  • Ticket to Ride Marklin
  • Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries
  • Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails

While the primary difference is a unique map based on a different location, Ticket to Ride Europe changes things up a bit. Europe is the first game in the series to introduce new kinds of routes, such as tunnels and ferries. When building a tunnel, you have to draw the top 3 cards off of the deck to see if they match your color. If they do, then you have to pay additional cards for each one. This is to signify damage or complications with that rail. When building a ferry, you must include at least one locomotive (wild). Europe also introduced a new feature focusing on the use of train stations. If you pay one card (or 2 or 3, depending on which station you are on) you can build aforementioned station at the end of an opponents route, allowing you access. This can be a game-changer depending on its use, as it does score you points in the end-game if left unused.

As for appearances, the board’s artwork isn’t much to flaunt over. While it is a rather detailed and accurate map of Europe, it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The individual train pieces though are made of plastic and have a good amount of detail put into their design. The detail isn’t limited to the pieces, as the artwork on each color train card is pleasant and stylistically fits with the rest of the theme.

So many little trains!

So many little trains!

Once you get past the intimidation of this (and possibly your first) big box game, Ticket to Ride Europe can easily become a holiday staple! I have had my copy for a few years now and every time family comes to visit, they request to play. It brings out just the right amount of competitiveness among everyone that when you crush them, it feels great. Oh and they will hold it against you and then six months later they will attempt to crush you again. But will they? Fun fact, Ticket to Ride Europe is one of a few games that even my parents play…and aren’t half bad.

So for the most part, I hope you will enjoy Ticket to Ride Europe as much as I have. Europe will always have a special place in our family gatherings, slowly tearing us apart as we fight for control over the rails.  For just a little dive into the world of German tabletop games, snag your own copy for the holidays.

Interested in more tabletop games like Ticket to Ride Europe? Be sure to watch out for the next issue and follow my Bacon Bits for a sneak peak at what the next issue might hold. Be sure to also check out everything else Nerd Bacon has to offer over in Beyond Bacon.

Written by Rhutsczar

Hello everybody! Thanks for reaching the end of whatever my newest/current addiction is above me. I’m pretty sure it’s an RPG, since it’s my favorite genre I try to find the most underrated and niche games possible. Anyway if you like what you read and would like to check out more, follow the links below. Also be sure to check out the RBG over on Beyond Bacon!.

Member BioArticles by MemberMember Blog


Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *