Terra Mystica Board Game
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- 2 to 5 players
- 30 minutes playtime
- Strategy game
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Terra Mystica is a resource management game with a light fantasy setting. Players take on one of fourteen different races (more will be coming with the expansion, expected later this year), each of which wants to live on one of the seven types of terrain (witches in forest, giants on mountains, etc). To expand your settlements you generally have to terraform terrain adjacent to your existing builds to be your preferred land type; the more different it is from what you want (as represented by a wheel of the seven types, where any two types are up to three spaces apart), the more expensive it is to terraform.
The nice thing is that each race really does play differently. The witches, once they've built their stronghold, can take a "witches' ride" to any forest on the board rather than having to build adjacently. Mermaids can essentially ignore water. Engineers have cheaper building costs and score bonus points for bridges. And so on.
Points are scored by doing whatever the round's scoring tile says (build dwellings, complete a city, etc), by completing actions shown on favor tiles (which you can pick up when you build religious buildings) and for having the most connected buildings and best advancement on the cult tracks (which show your knowledge of fire, earth, wind, and water) at the end of the game.
The strength of Terra Mystica is the replay value; after five games I'm only just starting to get the hang of it (and the two guys in the group who played it a bunch at BoardGameGeekCon last year have been winning all the games!Read more ›
While Amazon posts the approximate game time at 30 minutes, the publisher posts the game time at 120 minutes. 120 minutes is definitely more accurate. My wife and I play through it in about 45-60 minutes, when it’s just the two of us. However none of the times above include set-up time, which can be up to 20 minutes for first timers. There are a lot of pieces.
Number of Players: 2-5 players
Plays well with 2 but optimally with 3-4. 5 gets a little too crowded, but just like in any good strategy board game. You are going to need a completely different strategy for each amount of players.
Difficulty to Learn: 4
I have played a lot of board games and often can be found reading rules for games I have never played, instruction clarity is really important for me and this is one place where Terra Mystica can be a bit of a bear. The layout of the rulebook is clear but not intuitive. There are many intricacies, which make for fantastic gameplay, but take a few plays to get it all right. Be mindful of the rules around the priests, they can be tricky.
Difficulty to Teach: 3
I spend a lot of time playing board games with friends of varying skill and experience and I am the one in the group who enjoys reading the instructions and teaching everyone.Read more ›
* The mechanics are solid, intuitive (once you learn them), and the game "flows" well
* The replayability is great - random scoring tiles per game, random bonus scrolls per game, 14 races to choose from that play very differently
* The varied strategic approaches one can take toward victory - ignore cultists? make 3 towns? consider scoring tiles when building, or just build whenever you want? There's a lot of variety here and multiple avenues to achieve victory!
* The pieces - there's a lot (a lot!) of them! Look at all the bits!
* Late turns can be paralyzing due to so many possible moves
* The rulebook could be better organized
The bottom-line: If you're up for a somewhat heavy euro game, and plan to play with 3+, consider Terra Mystica. The game will play just fine with 2, but one may wish to consult a fan-made variant to constrain the map (it's a tad too large for 2p to get the true feeling of Terra Mystica).
On the Amazon page it says 30 minutes which is incorrect. 30 minute explaination of the game and probably about 90-120 minutes per game play. Once everyone knows the game a game will most likely last 90 minutes. It also depends on how many people are playing. I haven't tried the 2 player version but I don't think it will work so well. 3 player is just fine but I would recommend 4-5 players if you can get them.
This game is just too great and will suit many different tastes. There are many different ways to play this game and every color (x7) has x2 options to choose a race from. All races are differnt strengths and powers. This is great becuase no one has the same strategy and you try something new each time.
Casual game players will love this like they love 7 wonders. It plays fast always 6 rounds of turns with lots of different options during game play.
Something I haven't seen too much in other games is when a red player builds next to blue player the blue players gets an immidiate advantage. This goes vice versa too so you really need the other players in order to build your own empire. once you control a space there is no way another player can destroy your building which is also nice. There is no head to head conflict which is a good change of pace from a lot of other games. Don't get me wrong I love conflict (Civilization is my also top favorite game- Bring on the conflict!) But with Terra Mystica- you don't really have that ability.
Anyways, I love this game please look into playing it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AWESOME Game! A lot of components and rules to learn at the beginning, but very easy to pick up, especially with all of the visual aids.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my all time favorite games so far. If you like long strategy games with plenty of ways to win I highly suggest it!Published 3 days ago by Matt T.
Great concept for a game. Only negative that we've found is that once you chose your race it really dictates your strategy. Read morePublished 5 days ago by C. McCann
The game is fun, it is hard to learn at first. We enjoy playing it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing game. It has a bit of a stark learning curve, but once you get through that it is one of my favorite games of all time.Published 1 month ago by Steve Maier
An absolute favorite for me and my friend. We play it primarily as a 2-player game but 3 is fun too!Published 1 month ago by Alex M
A great way to spend $X. Even if you NEVER play it, people will look at your game shelf and think, "That's a serious gamer. Read more