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In the land of Terra Mystica dwell 14 different peoples in seven landscapes, and each group is bound to its own home environment, so to develop and grow, they must terraform neighboring landscapes into their home environments in competition with the other groups.
Terra Mystica is a game with very little luck that rewards strategic planning. Each player governs one of the 14 groups. With subtlety and craft, the player must attempt to rule as great an area as possible and to develop that group's skills. There are also four religious cults in which you can progress. To do all that, each group has special skills and abilities.
Taking turns, the players execute their actions on the resources they have at their disposal. Different buildings allow players to develop different resources. Dwellings allow for more workers. Trading houses allow players to make money. Strongholds unlock a group's special ability, and temples allow you to develop religion and your terraforming and seafaring skills. Buildings can be upgraded: Dwellings can be developed into trading houses; trading houses can be developed into strongholds or temples; one temple can be upgraded to become a sanctuary. Each group must also develop its terraforming skill and its skill with boats to use the rivers. The groups in question, along with their home landscape, are:
Players: 2 - 5
Time: 100 or more minutes
Ages: 12 and up
Weight: 3,150 grams
- Desert (Fakirs, Nomads)
- Plains (Halflings, Cultists)
- Swamp (Alchemists, Darklings)
- Lake (Mermaids, Swarmlings)
- Forest (Witches, Auren)
- Mountain (Dwarves, Engineers)
- Solitude (Giants, Chaos Magicians)
Average Rating: 5 in 1 review
Terra Mystica has a clean set of rules with easy to understand action options. It uses mechanics from other games, such as the dollaring up mechanism used in Puerto Rico. There are 7 terrains and 2 races than call each of those 7 terrains home (2 sided player cards). Thus, the two races that favor the mountains will never be in the same game.
In a 4 player game, there are 560 possible combinations of races, 36 combinations of scrolls and 17,640 permutations of the scoring tiles. That equates to over 355 million scenarios.