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Year Published
2012
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2–5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
60 − 150 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12+
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Terra Mystica
Alternate Names
Терра Мистика
テラミスティカ
神秘大地
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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:

  • Desert (Fakirs, Nomads)
  • Plains (Halflings, Cultists)
  • Swamp (Alchemists, Darklings)
  • Lake (Mermaids, Swarmlings)
  • Forest (Witches, Auren)
  • Mountain (Dwarves, Engineers)
  • Wasteland (Giants, Chaos Magicians)

Proximity to other groups is a double-edged sword in Terra Mystica. Being close to other groups gives you extra power, but it also means that expanding is more difficult...

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Rules PDF

The Terra Mystica FAQ at BoardGameGeek
What does the icon under the Sanctuary mean?

Besides the two authors, development of the game mechanics was supported by Uwe Rosenberg.

Components

  • 1 Game board
  • 1 Cult board
  • 7 double-sided Faction boards
  • 56 Terrain tiles
  • 65 natural-colored Workers (cubes)
  • 65 purple Power tokens (wooden circles)
  • gold-colored cardboard coins:
    • 40 small coins (value 1)
    • 25 medium coins (value 2)
    • 20 big coins (value 5)
  • 5 "100 Victory Points" tokens
  • 1 orange Starting Player token
  • 1 Game End token
  • 17 Action tokens
  • 28 oval Favor tiles
  • wooden pieces per faction color: (green, yellow, blue, brown, red, black, grey):
    • 8 Dwellings
    • 4 Trading Houses
    • 1 Stronghold
    • 3 Temples
    • 1 Sanctuary
    • 7 Priests
    • 7 Markers
    • 3 Bridges
  • 10 Town tiles
  • 8 rectangular Scoring tiles
  • 9 Bonus cards (depicted as scrolls)
  • 5 Action Overview tiles
  • Rulebook

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Terra Mystica
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Portuguese first edition
Publisher: FunBox Jogos
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Year: 2016
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Release Date: Q1 2016
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Spanish first edition
Publisher: HomoLudicus
Artist: Dennis Lohausen
Year: 2014
Size: 12.44 x 8.80 x 3.60 inches
5.19 pounds
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Release Date: Mar 2014
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Russian edition
Publisher: Zvezda
Artist: Dennis Lohausen
Year: 2014
Product Code: 8925
Size: 12.44 x 8.82 x 3.58 inches
5.73 pounds
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Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
Artist: Dennis Lohausen
Year: 2014
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English/French first edition
Publisher: Filosofia Éditions, Z-Man Games
Artist: Dennis Lohausen
Year: 2013
Product Code: ZMG71240
Size: 12.40 x 8.80 x 3.60 inches
5.10 pounds
English, French
Release Date: May 1, 2013
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1 Terra Mystica (Base Game) Excel Randomiser Version 1
Excel based (non macro) randomiser for the base game. Newer version of excel needed for conditional formatting (but not necessary) Version 1
English
2016-02-09
3 Памятка по стратегии в "Терра Мистика"
Перевод на русский язык памятки по стратегии в игре "Терра Мистика" (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/104541/terra-mystica-strategy-reference-guide) - стратегия и тактика игры за различные расы, выбор жетонов бонусов и благословений, выбор стартовой локации.
Russian
2016-01-26
4 Aide de jeu - Player aid
Une aide de jeu v2 pour Terra Mystica, en français. A player aid in french for Terra Mystica.
French
2015-11-06
3 Terra Mystica calculator
The Terra Mystica Calculator keeps track of resource use through a hypothetical game and allows you to test various resource and play scenarios.
English
2015-10-27
6 List of Faction Factors: A Spreadsheet
A collection, complete with citations, of over 100 factors identified by forum posters when picking their factions. If you enter the starting conditions of your game, this spreadsheet with make recommendations as to what factions you should consider, based on the factors identified by the TM community.
English
2015-10-06
3 Terra Mystica - Strumento di Bilanciamento delle Fazioni
v1.0 - 24 settembre 2015 / partite high-rank (1000+) / mappa del gioco base / punteggio del gioco base Queste due tabelle "scorrevoli" servono a correggere la differenza di forza relativa tra le fazioni scelte dai giocatori, garantendo alle fazioni più deboli PV extra oppure benefici durante il gioco (vedi https://boardgamegeek.com/article/14226036#14226036)
Italian
2015-09-24
22 Terra Mystica - Faction Balancing Tool
v1.0 - Sep 24th 2015 / high-ranked games (1000+) / base game map / base game scoring. These two sliding rulers are meant to assess the relative strengths among the factions the players chose and to give the weaker ones a compensation in VP or in-game favors (see https://boardgamegeek.com/article/14226036#14226036).
English
2015-09-24
33 Terra Mystica : Artifacts (fan expansion)
Unofficial print-and-play fan expansion for Terra Mystica. Original concept by Melendor, see https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1372136/artifacts Artifacts artworks are re-used from Seasons boardgame and its expansions, with permission of publisher Libellud. ------------ Changelog ------------ Version 1.1 : recto-verso print considerations
English
2015-08-31
8 Terra Mystica Faction Comparison Chart
Shows the costs, production rates, special powers and abilities of each of the fourteen Terra Mystica factions on one page.
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2015-08-12
6 Terra Mystica blank boards for custom factions
Useful to create your own fan-made factions boards.
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2015-07-20
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