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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Trias
Theme:  Prehistoric, Dinosaur
Format:  Placement / Tile-Laying Games


English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-75 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Ralf Lehmkuhl

Manufacturer(s): Gecko Games, Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

The Triassic age began 250 million years ago with the greatest global catastrophe ever. 95% of all species were eliminated and those remaining moved quickly to fill the voids on the habitable lands. The remaining species seek to find places for themselves on the newly-forming islands that are forming as the pre-continent Pangea slowly breaks up into the smaller continents of the future. By reproduction and migration the species attempt to establish majorities on the new continents. Each player will create the history of one specie, working to co-exist with the other species while trying to establish secure majorities on the new continents.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Ralf Lehmkuhl

  • Manufacturer(s): Gecko Games, Rio Grande Games

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 30 - 75 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 515 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 39 hexagonal landscape tiles
  • 1 scoring track
  • 80 wood figures
  • 44 cards
  • 1 rule booklet
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 3 reviews

Awesome game!
June 08, 2004

This has to be one of my favorite games ever. The tile drifting mechanic is one of the most unique mechanisms I've seen in a game for quite some time! It takes a play or two to grasp the game, and how exactly the tile drifting rules work, but once you have it down, the game is very simple.

The ever changing board makes for agonizing tactical decisions on every turn as you try and claim the largest islands for yourself while drowning your opponents' dinos.

This is one of the best games in my collection of over 100 games, and it will get a lot of play for a long time to come!

Fun with dinosaurs!
June 08, 2004

In this game, you control a species of dinosaur, just before they're about to be wiped out by a meteor. Of course, your dinosaurs don't know about the meteor, not that they could do anything about it anyway, so they just wander around, breeding more dinosaurs when they can.

Trias has an interesting mechanic, in that the single land mass of Pangea is breaking up into smaller islands or continents. The battle is for majority control of these broken-up islands. You try to gain majority control by breeding, migrating, and -- this is fun -- sinking parts of the islands that your opponents' dinosaurs are standing on.

This is a very fun game! It's interesting to see the continent break up and the islands wander off into the ocean. The mechanisms for breeding and migrating your dinosaurs are very clever.

I think the game plays best for three players. I'd definitely recommend it.

by Roy L.
Not Bad; But Has Problems
June 07, 2004

In concept and general execution (especially the neat wooden pieces that come with the latest edition) this is a nice, though not particularly unique light tactical abstract game with a neat theme. But rules problems will probably keep this on the shelf. For one thing, this is one of those games that has almost completely different rules for 2 players. Others may not have a problem with this, but for many, I know, this means much rules re-reading (which is more than a light game like this is worth). This wouldn't be such an issue if the rules, especially the scoring for more than 2 players, were clear. But they are not.

Overall, a decent game that (at least until the rules are cleaned up) is more work than its worth, though I expect it to get occassional 2-player play.

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