Ticket to Ride, an enduring favourite around here.
We like it for evenings when we want a little game play but aren’t feeling very active, peppy, or cheeky. We play the European version, of course, and enjoy saying “Smolensk, Lisboa, and Roma” with as much flair as we imagine the names deserve. There are a few expansions that I’m eyeing. It’s a question of what countries/continents I’d most like us to be more familiar with: India or Africa or Asia.
We do have a family rule that makes it a better game in our opinion: you can pick up new cards and buy a route in the same turn. As far as we can tell, the original rule only slows the game down. Our adaptation makes it a game we can play even when we don’t have a whole evening for games. As, for instance, last night – when we squeezed in a board game before Rainer’s board meeting.