Note: If you’ve not played a Ticket to Ride game before, I recommend that you play Ticket to Ride: Europe first before reading. I’ll be taking a lot of knowledge of the game for granted.
I first discovered Ticket to Ride: Europe in 2008. It was not the first hobby game that I played, nor even the first train themed one; that honour goes to Martin Wallace’s excellent Railroad Tycoon. But TtR: Europe’s fantastic qualities were clear from the beginning.