DiscJet
Posts: 3
Registered: January 2008

Ticket values vs shortest routes

Thu, 26 November 2009 21:18


To me it seems normally ticket values are based on lengths of the shortest routes between cities in the ticket cards, but there seems to be some exceptions (shortest route length in brackets):
In USA game:
Los Angeles  Chicago, 16p (15)
Sault St Marie  Oklahoma City, 9p (8)
Los Angeles  Miami, 20p (19)
Seattle  New York, 22p (20)
Los Angeles  New York, 21p (20)
In Mega game:
Los Angeles  Chicago, 16p (15)
Las Vegas  Miami, 21p (20)
So all the old nonmatching values except for Los Angeles  Chicago are "fixed" in Mega game tickets, plus there is a new one (Las Vegas  Miami). Are these exceptions to the shortest route logic intentional or accidental? Are there any other ones I didn't notice?


solinsf
Posts: 120
Registered: July 2004

Re:Ticket values vs shortest routes

Wed, 02 December 2009 21:05


At least on USA map, I believe the points usually correspond to the shortest route between two cities, not in terms of the number of spaces you cover on the board, but in terms of the number of turns it takes to complete the ticket. When there are multiple different ways to complete the ticket in the minimum number of turns, then the points assigned usually correspond to the way which covers the fewest tracks (with the exception of SeaNY).
For example, on LACHI, the shortest route is the one that takes 4 turns (3 greys, 5 whites, 4 pinks, 4 blues). That adds up to 16, so that's the number of points you get. LACHI can also be done while covering only 15 spaces, but it takes 6 turns (3 greys, 3 greys, 3 blues, 2 greys, 2 blue/pinks, 2 green/whites). So that isn't considered the shortest route.
Similarly, LAMIA can be done in 19 spaces (if you have a lot of locos and aren't concerned about playing stupidly): 6 blacks, 4 reds, 1 grey, 2 greys, 6 reds. But it takes 5 turns to do it this way. The shortest route is the one which takes 4 turns and covers 20 spaces.
On a ticket like PorPhe, there are 2 different ways to complete the ticket in 3 turns. One way covers 14 spaces (6 blues, 3 red/yellows, 5 whites). The other covers 11 (5 green/pinks, 3 yellow/pinks, 3 greys). In this situation, the points are based on the shortest track (in terms of turns) which covers the fewest spaces. So you get 11 pts, instead of 14. LANY is the same way, as are quite a few others.
I believe the only 2 exceptions are SSMOK and SeaNY. SSMOK is worth 9 pts, even though the shortest way to complete it (4 turns) covers only 8 spaces. SeaNY can be completed in 5 turns in 2 different ways. One way covers 22 spaces (6 yellows, oranges, and pinks, 2 greys, 2 green/whites). The other covers 20 (6 yellows & oranges, 3 reds, 3 black/oranges, 2 green/whites). But, for some reason, the game makers give you 22 pts, instead of 20.
Note also that there is virtually zero correlation between being the shortest route between 2 cities & the most desirable route between 2 cities. Very often, these shortest routes are not ones that you'd ever want to take.

