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Alan R. Moon - Board Game Designer Biography


Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

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Best Known For:

Alan R. Moon is best known for designing the family strategy game Ticket to Ride, in which players compete to build railroads across the United States and Canada. Ticket to Ride has inspired a number of sequels and expansions, including Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition, Ticket to Ride: Switzerland, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Ticket to Ride: The Card Game, Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion, and Ticket to Ride: USA - 1910 Expansion.

Other Games:

Alan R. Moon has designed or co-designed more than 75 published games, including 10 Days in the USA (along with 10 Days in Africa, 10 Days in Asia, and 10 Days in Europe), Diamant / Incan Gold, Elfenland, New England, San Marco, Union Pacific, and Walk the Dogs.

First Published Game:

The first game designed by Alan R. Moon to be published was Black Spy (1981), a variant of Hearts published by Avalon Hill.

Best Games:

Here is my list of the best games by Alan R. Moon.


Board games designed by Alan R. Moon have won two Spiel des Jahres awards: Elfenland (1998) and Ticket to Ride (2004). Moon has also won four Meeples Choice Awards: Elfenland (1998), Union Pacific (1999), San Marco (2001), and Ticket to Ride (2004).


Moon was born in 1952.

More About Alan R. Moon:

Moon first started working in the game industry at Avalon Hill in 1979. He has chronicled the four years he spent at AH in a feature on BoardGameGeek.com titled My Four Years at Avalon Hill.

I have interviewed Moon three times: once about Ticket to Ride, once about the card game Warriors, and once in my Four Questions with... series.

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