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The conference of the
Council of Elders had
been interrupted by a
deafening turmoil.
“The
Witches!
The
Witches!” a young voice
was shouting, and fists were
knocking on the door of the assembly hall at which the ancestors
of the Chaos Magicians had met. Finally, the door had been opened, and a young
female magician came rushing into the hall. “I’ve seen
them!” she was shouting while gasping for breath. The
stern looks of the elders made her pause.
“How dare you break in on our conference?” the venerable spokeswoman of the Council of Elders sharply rebuked the disturber. “And if this is really important, then
talk to us reasonably. What did you see?”
number of forests. Even worse
– they used to plant
trees where there
had been none to convert all land gradually
to forest. What a nightmare for the Chaos Magicians who try hard to transform all land into wasteland.
Then Malkuzar, an old and wise Chaos Magician, spoke
up. The reason they called him wise was that he had survived five or more of his self-experiments. “There is nothing that can be done. It’s not necessarily bad for us to
have neighbors, it’s good for trading. When building our
own settlements, we can save a lot of gold by trading.”
Shara Nindée, the young Chaos Magician, took a deep
breath and made herself report everything that she saw,
one thing at a time. “I’ve been to the south, on the edge
of the forest. There’s Witches everywhere. They’re riding
their stupid broom sticks above our heads, then landing in
the southern forest. And their numbers are still growing!
They’re about to settle here!”
Some of the elders nodded, others looked doubtful. “But
our people are ready to go and commence the groundwork,” argued the spokeswoman. “Shall we just give up?
We need more wasteland!”
“Send Shara to the west, to the mountains,” Malkuzar
suggested. “Usually, there are some underground lava
streams in the mountains that we can open up. Mountains
are much easier to convert to wasteland than forests, anyway. This is how we may preempt the Witches!”
This was an unpleasant message indeed. The Council of
Elders had just decided to cut down the southern forest
to redirect some lava streams there and transform that
forestland into treeless wasteland – just how they liked it.
The teams for this task had already been formed. And now
it seemed the Witches had preempted that. Witches were a
forest-dwelling people and as such, they had spread to a
The decision was taken. “As to you, Shara…” The young
magician had to gulp when she met the serious look of
the old Malkuzar. “As you’re so keen, I’ve got a mission
for you. Immediately travel to the west, to the mountains.
Check if things are still calm over there. Dwarves are usually hanging around in mountains. That’s just what we
needed.”
INTRODUCTION
In Terra Mystica each player governs one of 14 factions trying to develop more successfully than their opponents. Terra Mystica
is a magical world: its inhabitants are able to transform the terrain they are living in. Each faction is bound to a specific type of terrain: It can only build structures on its “Home terrain”. This is why each faction over the centuries needed to develop Terraforming
capability.
A faction either lives in the Plains, the Swamp, the Lakes, the Forest
Forest, the Mountains, the Wasteland
Wasteland, or the Desert –
and each of them strives to transform the terrain according to its needs.
In the game, the players need to expand to build Dwellings. However, as they gain Power when another player builds Dwellings or upgrades Structures directly adjacent to them, each player has to face the challenge of finding the right balance between adjacency to other
players and free space for expansion.
Existing Dwellings can be upgraded in multiple steps: to a Trading house at first, then to a Stronghold or Temple. One temple can be
upgraded to a Sanctuary. Dwellings provide Workers. Upgrading a Structure increases your income in Coins, Power, or Priests.
A Dwelling may become a Sanctuary in three steps. Alternatively, one Trading house may become a Stronghold.
Besides geographic expansion and upgrading Structures, players can also develop four Cults: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Progress in these
will be displayed on the Cult board. Developing them also provides an increase in Power and other rewards.
The Cult board
Town key
(indicates that you need
to found a Town first to
advance to the last space
of a Cult track)
Cult of Fire
Cult of Water
Power gained when
advancing on the
Cult track
Cult of Earth
Order of the
Cult of Air
(enables you to advance multiple steps on
the track at once)
Cult of Air
In the end, the player who developed their faction the best wins the game.
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COMPONENTS
1 Game board with the map in its initial state
1 Cult board
(with the four Cult tracks
and Orders)
7 Faction boards
(each side displays a different faction)
Note: As this game cannot be played
with more than five players, it can
never happen that all seven colors are
used within the same session.
56 Terrain tiles
(double-sided)
per faction color (green, yellow, blue, brown, red, black, grey):
8 Dwellings
65 natural-colored Workers
4 Trading houses
40 small Coins (value 1)
1 Stronghold
25 medium Coins (value 2)
3 Temples
20 big Coins (value 5)
1 Sanctuary
65 purple Power tokens
(occasionally simply called Power)
7 Priests
1 orange Starting player token
7 Markers
3 Bridges
17 Action tokens
(used for Power and
Special actions)
10 Town tiles
8 rectangular Scoring tiles
1 Game end token
5 “100 Victory points” tokens
28 oval Favor tiles
(1+3+3 tiles per Cult)
9 Bonus cards
(depicted as scrolls)
5 “Actions” Overview tiles
(one side English, the other German)
12 zip-lock bags
this rule book plus appendices in English
this rule book plus appendices in German
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SETUP
This section consists of two parts. For your first play, please follow the instructions of the static introductory game.
Add the changes for the variable main game in your second play at the earliest.
Put the Game board in the middle of the table and the Cult board
next to it.
Distribute the 7 Markers of your
color.
FIRST PLAY
Place one Marker on the leftmost
space of the Shipping track (value 0).
(Only the Mermaids start with
value 1. The Fakirs and Dwarves
do not have Shipping and therefore
do not need this Marker.)
Assignment of factions
For your first game, we recommend you play Terra Mystica with
predefined factions. Depending on the number of players, take the
recommended factions and distribute them among the players:
2 players: Witches (green), and Nomads (yellow)
3 players: Witches (green), Nomads (yellow),
and Alchemists (black)
4 players: Witches (green), Nomads (yellow),
Halflings (brown), and Mermaids (blue)
5 players: Witches (green), Nomads (yellow), Halflings (brown),
Mermaids (blue), and Giants (red)
Place one Marker on the bottommost space of the Exchange track of
your Faction board – this is the space
where 3 Workers equal 1 Spade.
(The Darklings do not need this
Marker.)
Components in faction colors
Place another Marker on space 20
of the Victory point track on the
Game board.
Each Faction board has a Transformation cycle. It shows the seven
types of terrain with the Home terrain of a given faction highlighted by its larger size. (The color of your Home terrain matches
your faction’s color.)
Distribute the remaining 4 Markers
on space 0 of each of the 4 Cult
tracks on the Cult board.
Red text in italics and parentheses highlights differences between
the base rules and faction-specific ones. These differences are also
depicted on each individual Faction board and are explained in
detail on the last page of this rule book (see Appendix VI).
Faction setup
The setup for each faction is depicted on its Faction board.
Starting resources
Collect your starting resources. They are depicted at the top right
corner of your Faction board, under your faction’s name:
Take all the tokens in your faction’s color:
Priests, Structures, Markers, and the Bridges.
(Priests, Structures, and Bridges are limited by the token quantity.)
Workers
Put the 7 Priests and the 3 Bridges next to your Faction board.
Coins
Priests
of your color
Put the Structures on the corresponding spaces on your Faction
board.
Priests and Bridges are put next to the Faction board
forming your “supply”.
Take the depicted resources and place them on your Faction board.
(On top of these starting resources, you will get your income for the
first round. See page 8.)
The Witches get 3 Workers and 15 Coins during setup.
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Cult advancements
Your Faction board depicts some Cult symbols next to the starting
resources. For each such symbol, move the corresponding Marker
on the Cult board up one space.
Bowls of Power
Your Faction board displays three Bowls of Power at its top left corner. Distribute a total of 12 Power tokens (occasionally simply called
ner
Power) between Bowls I and II as indicated on your Faction board.
The Witches start with
7 Power in Bowl II
and
5 Power in Bowl I.
The Nomads (yellow) start on space 1 in the Cults of Fire and
Earth, the Halflings (brown) start on space 1 in the Cults of Air and
Earth, the Witches (green) start on space 2 in the Cult of Air, and the
Mermaids (blue) start on space 2 in the Cult of Water.
Game and Cult board
For your first game, we recommend you play with the following setup. What follows is the setup for a 4-player game explained in detail.
The setup for a different number of players follows afterwards.
From left to right, take the Dwellings off your Faction boards and place them on the Game board as depicted.
Lay out the Favor tiles
in a 3x4 pattern.
The map consists of Terrain and River spaces .
Put one Action token above
each of the 6 Power action
T
There
is a predefined order of
spaces on the Game board.
Scoring tiles. Cover the right
Put the remaining Action tohalf of the uppermost Scoring
kens next to the Game board.
tile with the Game end token .
The covered part shall be
Sort the Workers, Coins, and Town tiles
ignored during the game.
and put them easily accessible next to
the Game board. Turn the 10 Town tiles
face-up.
The Bonus cards are depicted as
scrolls. Which ones you use depends
on the number of players. The figure
shows the cards used in a 4-player
game.
The player who most recently has dug a planting bed in their garden takes the Starting player token
and becomes the Starting player.
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The Bonus cards and setup for a 2-player game.
The Bonus cards and setup for a 3-player game.
Note: Each faction (but one) has two special abilities: one from the
beginning of the game on, the other one once its Stronghold has
been built. These abilities are depicted on the Faction board and
explained in detail on the last page of this rule book: Make sure
all players know the special abilities of the participating factions
before starting the game.
special ability gained
after building
the Stronghold
special ability from the
beginning of the game on
The Bonus cards and setup for a 5-player game.
CHANGES IN THE MAIN GAME
Unlike the introductory game, randomly select which Bonus cards and Scoring tiles to use.
Then, after these basic parameters are set, freely choose your factions. Also, freely place your first Dwellings.
(The positions of the first Dwellings are not preset.)
Scoring tiles
Bonus cards
Randomly draw 6 Scoring tiles and put them face-up on the
Game board in random order. Each tile corresponds to a
round. (Put the remaining two tiles back into the game box.)
Cover the right half of the uppermost Scoring tile with the
Game end token.
Shuffle the 9 Bonus cards. The number of cards needed in the game
depends on the number of players.
No. of players
2
3
4
5
No. of Bonus cards needed
5
6
7
8
Randomly draw the required number of Bonus cards and place
them face-up next to one another.
(Put the remaining cards back into the game box.)
Reduced Scoring tile for round 6
Choosing a Faction board
The Starting player chooses a faction and takes its Faction board.
In clockwise order, each other player takes one of the remaining
Faction boards and chooses which side to use.
Scoring tile for round 5
Scoring tile for round 4
Note: Alternatively, randomly assign the factions. (Take one
Dwelling of each color and randomly distribute them among the
players.) Then choose one of the two factions: the front or back of
the corresponding Faction board.
Scoring tile for round 3
Scoring tile for round 2
Once each player has decided on a faction, proceed with the faction setup as explained for the introductory game. Also, distribute
the components of your color as explained there. However, do not
place your Dwellings on the Game board, yet (see „Placing the
first Structures“, page 8).
Scoring tile for round 1
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GOAL OF THE GAME
At the end of the game, the player with the most Victory points wins the game. The following figure displays the various ways
to get Victory points in this game. (Victory points are depicted as brown squares containing a laurel wreath.)
While reading this rule book, you can come back to this page every now and then and get a better view of the context. This section has no
relevance for understanding the rules. Any information found on this page is also explained elsewhere in this rule book.
There is a Scoring tile
for each of the six rounds.
Each of them displays
how to get Victory points in
a given round:
by building Dwellings (Action #1,
page 9), Trading houses, the Stronghold, or the Sanctuary (Action #4,
page 11). Additional Victory points may
be awarded for transforming Terrain spaces
(spade symbol) and founding Towns (key
symbol).
You will be facing a dilemma: on the one
hand, you might want to build the best
Structures for your faction (one faction
wants a quick Stronghold, another many
Temples), on the other hand, you might
want to concentrate on the Structures that
score Victory points this round.
You get Victory points when improving
your Shipping (Action #2, page 11)
or
Terraforming skills (Action #3, page 11).
This is why these actions are not only useful in the beginning of the game, but also
towards its end.
Some factions have special abilities to
gain additional Victory points. (For example, the Alchemists are particularly good
at converting Coins to Victory points.)
At the end of the game, Victory points are awarded for the largest
connected areas on the Game board (Area scoring).
Improving your Shipping and Terraforming skills not only provides Victory points directly, but is also helpful in creating a large
connected area.
Three out of the nine Bonus cards award
Victory points when you have completed
all the actions you wish to take in the
current Action phase (called passing):
Then, Victory points are either awarded for
• all of your Dwellings on the Game board,
• all of your Trading houses on the Game
board, or
• your Stronghold and Sanctuary on the
Game board.
Area scoring
Two Favor tiles award Victory points for
Dwellings and Trading houses whenever
you build them.
Cult scoring
Another Favor tile awards Victory points
for already built Trading houses when
passing.
Also at the end of the game, Victory points are awarded for
progress on the four Cult tracks (Cult scoring).
You get Victory points when founding
Towns. (More details on page 14.)
You also get additional rewards on top of
that.
On the one hand, you want to have a lot of Dwellings to create a large connected area but on the other hand, the more
valuable Temples and the Sanctuary provide a lot of Priests. These
are needed to score well in the Cult scoring (Action #5, page 13).
Close adjacency to other players enables you to trade Victory
points for Power (see page 12).
(This is why you start the game with 20 Victory points.)
Nomads are a horse people of the desert. They used
to be living in tents and always on the move. Even today, they build their dwellings using plain and light
materials. This way they can populate large areas really quickly. Nomads only dwell in deserts, and their
hordes of horsemen can cause a sand storm that may
propagate to neighboring landscapes.
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FLOW OF PLAY
Placing the first Structures
Skip this section when reading for the first time. In the introductory
game, the first Structures are placed on predefined spaces.
Choosing the first Bonus card
Beginning with the last player and in counterclockwise order,
each choose and take one Bonus card.
Beginning with the Starting player and in clockwise order, place
one of your Dwellings on an existing Home terrain. Then, with the
last player and in counterclockwise order, place a second Dwelling
in the same fashion. (The Nomads place their third Dwelling after
all players have placed their second one. The Chaos Magicians
place their only Dwelling after all other players have placed all of
their Dwellings – if necessary, after the Nomads have placed their
third Dwelling.)
Bonus cards provide additional income,
unlock Special actions or award
Victory points for certain Structures
at the end of a round.
Details
• Dwellings may only be placed on a faction’s Home terrain.
(Other than that, there are no restrictions.)
Chaos Magicians appreciate the forces of destruction
and feel the best when in dismal wastelands. They
worship fire and are always looking for underground
lava streams that they try to force to erupt and hit the
surface to transform even more land into wasteland.
Chaos Magicians also have a certain power over time
– they are able to freeze time for other people so they
can wreak havoc undisturbed.
When placing the first Structures,
players may not transform any
Terrain spaces.
This will only be possible later
in the game.
Place 1 Coin from the general supply on each of the leftover Bonus
cards. (The purpose of these Coins is to make the less frequently
taken Bonus cards more attractive in later rounds.)
• All Structures, incl. the Dwellings, are taken from left to right off
your Faction board.
At the end of each round, there will be
3 leftover Bonus cards that each get 1 Coin.
After placing the first Structures, there will be empty spaces on the
Dwelling track. These spaces define your income (see below).
FLOW OF PLAY OVER SIX ROUNDS
Each of the six rounds goes through three phases:
PHASE I: Income Phase • PHASE II: Action Phase • PHASE III: Cult bonuses and Clean-up Phase
PHASE I: INCOME
Coins: Take a number of Coins from the general supply equal to
the number of visible Coin symbols on your Trading house track.
Collect new Workers, Coins, Priests, and Power.
Priests: Take a number of Priests from your supply equal to the
number of visible Priest symbols on your Temple track. Another
Priest symbol will be visible once you have built your Sanctuary.
(Both the Swarmlings’ Sanctuary and the Darklings’ Sanctuary
provide 2 Priests.)
You also go through this phase on the 1st round. Consequently, you
first collect your faction-specific starting income and then also the
income for the 1st round.
Your income depends on the Structures you
have built, on the Bonus card you have chosen,
and (later in the game) on the Favor tiles you
own. On all components, income is symbolized
by an open hand.
Put the newly gained Workers, Coins, and Priests on your Faction board. (If the supply of Workers or Coins runs out, replace
the missing components with something else. Only your supply of
Priests is limited.)
Power: Power is gained according to the visible Power symbols
on the Trading house track. The Stronghold usually provides additional Power (except for the Alchemists who collect 6 Coins instead, or the Chaos Magicians who collect 2 Workers instead, or
the Fakirs who collect 1 Priest instead).
Basic income for Structures
Workers: Take a number of Workers from the general supply equal
to the number of visible Worker symbols on your Dwelling track.
How to use Power is explained in the next section, „The Bowls of
Power“.
In Phase I, this player
collects 3 Workers as
indicated on his
Dwelling track.
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Additional income for cards and tiles
Spending Power
You can only spend Power tokens that are in Bowl III.
Move them to Bowl I when spending them.
Beside the income collected via your Faction board, add the income depicted on your Bonus card (see Appendix IV, page 19) and
Favor tiles (see Appendix II, page 18).
After gaining 3 Power
in the above scenario,
you can now spend up
to 6 Power for a Power
action. More about
these later.
If you got the depicted Favor tile and Bonus card,
you would get the following:
1 Worker
6 Coins
1 Power
PHASE II: ACTIONS
The Bowls of Power
During the Action phase, beginning with the Starting player and in
clockwise order, each player takes exactly one Action. Continue to
do so until no player wants to take any more Actions.
There are eight possible Actions to choose from. Except for passing, all Actions can be taken multiple times during the same Action
phase (but only once per turn).
Each player has 12 Power tokens that are distributed among three
Bowls. Power actions (see Action #6, page 13) require Power in
Bowl III (the one on the right).
In this scenario,
you have 5 Power at
your disposal. You may
use all of the Power
in Bowl III regardless
of the number of
Power tokens in
Bowls I and II.
Overview of Actions
This section explains the relations between the Actions.
Action #1 is to build Dwellings on unoccupied terrain. Actions #2
and #3 facilitate building. At the end of the game, there is a special
scoring for the largest connected area.
Action #4 is to upgrade Structures. Many factions need to build
their Stronghold as soon as possible. On the other hand, Temples
and the Sanctuary are also very valuable as they provide Priests
and Favor tiles, needed to score well during the Cult scoring at the
end of the game.
Whenever you gain Power in the game (as income, when an opponent builds Structures, or by advancing on the Cult tracks), you do
not get new Power tokens, but rather move the existing ones from
Bowl to Bowl. Also, when spending Power on a Power action, you
do not lose Power tokens, but move them around again.
Action #5 directly affects the Cult scoring and provides additional
Power via Priests and Cults. Power can then be used for special
Power actions (#6).
Power tokens move (always in clockwise order) according to the
following rules:
Action #7 explains the Special actions that you can unlock during
the game.
Gaining Power
When gaining Power, proceed in the following order.
Finally, Action #8 needs to be taken when you cannot or do not
want to take any more Actions in the current Action phase.
1. If there are Power tokens in Bowl I, for each 1 Power
you gain move one token from Bowl I to Bowl II.
1 Transform and Build
2. Once Bowl I is empty, for each 1 Power you gain
move one token from Bowl II to Bowl III.
First, you may change the type of one Terrain space. Then, if you
have changed its type to your Home terrain, you may immediately
build a Dwelling on that space.
Building a Dwelling
In order to build a Dwelling on a Terrain space, this space
needs to be…
• of your color (i.e. it needs to be your Home terrain)
• unoccupied
• directly or indirectly adjacent to one of your
• Structures (“Adjacency” is defined in the next
section).
3. Once all Power tokens are in Bowl III, you cannot
gain further Power.
If you gain 3 Power in
this scenario, move the
2 tokens from Bowl I
to Bowl II first, then move
1 token from Bowl II to
Bowl III as now Bowl I
is empty.
Also, you need to pay its building costs. Each
Dwelling costs 1 Worker and 2 Coins. (Exceptions:
The Engineers build Dwellings for 1 Worker and
1 Coin, the Swarmlings for 2 Workers and 3 Coins.)
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Transforming a Terrain space
To ensure the first condition is met, you
are allowed to transform one unoccupied Terrain space into your Home terrain immediately before building a
Dwelling. Place a Terrain tile of your
color on that space.
• When gaining 2 Spades, if you only need one of them to transform a Terrain space into your Home terrain, you may apply the
second Spade on another Terrain space. However, you may not
place a Dwelling on this second space.
(The same is true when the Halflings build their Stronghold, immediately gaining 3 Spades, see last page.)
Details on building Dwellings
• When building, take Structures (incl. Dwellings) from left to right
off your Faction board.
Transformation has its price: Each step between the
source and destination terrain on the Transformation
cycle of your Faction board costs 1 Spade. Thus, transforming adjacent types of terrain (on the Transformation
cycle) into one another costs 1 Spade, with a maximum
cost of up to 3 Spades if they are on opposite sides of the
cycle as you can move in either direction on the cycle.
(Exception: Giants always have to pay exactly 2 Spades
to transform any type of terrain into their Home terrain.)
• If the current Scoring tile depicts a Dwelling, you get 2 Victory
points for each Dwelling you build.
This Scoring tile awards
2 Victory points for
building Dwellings.
Details on using Spades
• You may not save Spades for future Actions. Spades need to be
used immediately.
Spades can be acquired in a variety of ways.
You may exchange Workers* for Spades. The Exchange track of
your Faction board displays the Exchange rate: At the beginning of
the game, this is usually 3 Workers for 1 Spade (see Action #3).
• If the left side of the current Scoring tile depicts a Spade, you get
Victory points for using Spades during the current Action phase.
This Scoring tile awards
2 Victory points for
using Spades.
The Marker indicates that the Exchange rate is
3 Workers for
1 Spade.
• After transforming a Terrain space, you do not need to build a
Dwelling immediately. You can do this in another Action at a later
point in time.
• You do not need to transform a Terrain space into your Home
terrain, you may stop at any other type of terrain (e.g. if you can
not afford more Spades). However, during their turns, your opponents may claim that Terrain space for themselves. (Terrain
spaces with Terrain tiles on them but no Structures are considered
unoccupied.)
1 or 2 Spades can be acquired via certain Power actions (see
Action #6, page 13, or Appendix I, page 17).
• Even when transforming a Terrain space without building a
Dwelling, the transformed Terrain space needs to be directly or
indirectly adjacent to one of your Structures (see page 11).
One of the Bonus cards provides 1 Spade
(see Action #7, page 14, or Appendix IV, page 19).
• You may not transform a Terrain space containing Structures.
• You may also get Spades via Cult bonuses (see Phase III of a
round, page 15). As these Spades are gained outside the Action
phase, you may not build a Dwelling immediately afterwards, nor
do you get to exchange Workers for more Spades. (You have to
wait for the next Action phase to build a Dwelling.)
(Halflings and Giants gain additional Spades for immediate use
after building their Stronghold.)
Spades may only be applied to a single Terrain space. However,
there are two special cases:
Giants are beings of enormous size and physical
strength. They can pull out trees or level out mountains
with ease – as a matter of fact, they actually enjoy it.
They are able to transform any landscape into wasteland in no time. Various Giants have already tried to
transform land into something else, but it ended up being wasteland anyway. Apparently, they simply have
no knack for the finer things.
• If the Spades gained via a Power action or Bonus card do not suffice to transform a Terrain space into your Home terrain, you may
exchange Workers* for the missing Spades (at the current Exchange rate of your Exchange track).
(*The Darklings pay 1 Priest for each missing Spade instead.)
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Adjacency
Due to some other rules (see “Power via Structures” on page 12),
it is important to distinguish between direct and indirect adjacency
of Terrain spaces. (This distinction does not matter when building
Dwellings, which is what this section is all about.)
3 Lowering the Exchange rate for Spades
At the beginning of the game, Spades cost 3 Workers each (see
Action #1). In order to reduce this cost down to 2 Workers or even
down to 1 Worker, as an Action, you may move the Marker on
your Exchange track up one space. Your Faction board displays the
costs of this Action: 2 Workers, 5 Coins, and 1 Priest.
(Exception: Halflings pay fewer Coins, and Darklings do not
even have an Exchange track as they exchange Priests for Spades.)
As a reward for taking this Action, you get 6 Victory points.
Direct adjacency
Terrain spaces and Structures are considered directly adjacent to
one another if they share a hexagon edge. Additionally, Terrain
spaces and Structures separated by a River but connected via a
Bridge are also considered directly adjacent to one another (see
Power action „Building a Bridge“, Appendix I on page 17).
From now on,
the Auren (green)
only need to pay
2 Workers for
each Spade.
These Terrain spaces are directly
adjacent to one another.
As soon as you build a Structure on
the other Terrain space, both
Structures will be considered
directly adjacent as well.
Indirect adjacency
Terrain spaces and Structures are considered indirectly adjacent to
one another if they are (not directly adjacent to one another, but)
separated by one or more River spaces and your Shipping value is
high enough to cover the distance. (Shipping is another Action and
will be explained in the next section.)
(Terrain spaces and Structures that Dwarves can reach via Tunneling and Fakirs via Carpet Flight are also considered indirectly
adjacent to one another.)
4 Upgrading a Structure
Structures can be upgraded step by step. The costs for each upgrade
are depicted on the Faction board to the left of a Structure.
Details
• Always take newly placed Structures from left to right off your
Faction board.
• When upgrading, you are replacing Structures by one another.
Take the Structure that you wish to upgrade off the Game board
and return it to your Faction board. This reduces your income
for the given type of Structure. (When returning Structures to
your Faction board, always put them as far to the right as possible
on their proper track.) Place the new Structure on the same space
on the Game board where the just removed Structure has been.
In order to make these
Structures indirectly adjacent
to one another, you need a
Shipping value of at least 2.
When building a Trading house, return a Dwelling to your Faction
board.
Note: When building Dwellings, your opponents get the chance
to gain Power. This will be explained in Action #4 “Upgrading a
Structure”. Before that, let us have a look at the following two
Actions that facilitate building Dwellings for the remainder of the
game: advancing on the Shipping track and lowering the Exchange
rate for Spades.
There are four possible upgrades (two of which can only be done
once per game).
2 Advancing on the Shipping track
Dwelling
Terrain spaces and Structures need to be indirectly adjacent to one
another if you want to expand beyond River spaces.
In order to transform Terrain spaces or build Structures beyond
River spaces, as an Action, you may move the Marker on your
Shipping track forward one space. Your Faction board displays the
costs of this Action: 1 Priest and 4 Coins.
As a reward for taking this Action, get a number of Victory points
as indicated on the Shipping space you move to.
Trading house
Upgrading a Dwelling to a Trading house costs 2 Workers and
6 Coins*. If there is at least one opponent’s Structure directly
adjacent to that Dwelling, you only need to pay 3 Coins instead of
6. If the current Scoring tile depicts a Trading house, get 3 Victory
points for this upgrade.
This Scoring tile awards
3 Victory points for
building a Trading house.
The Auren (green) get 3 Victory points for advancing on the Shipping track. From now on, the green Dwellings in the example above
are considered indirectly adjacent to one another.
Auren are mysterious forest-dwelling people that are
said to exist without a physical body. Unfortunately, one
cannot prove this as you will never get to see them when
wandering through the woods. When threatened or expecting relatives to visit, they simply blend with the trees
and become invisible.
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Trading house
1x
Details
• You do not gain Power for your own Structures. Power can only
be gained when an opponent builds Structures.
• Beginning with the player to the left of the active player and in
clockwise order, each affected opponent needs to decide whether
to actually gain the Power or not. (The next section explains why
you might want to refuse to gain Power.)
Stronghold
Upgrading a Trading house to a Stronghold costs a number of
Workers and Coins depending on the faction. After building its
Stronghold, each faction gains a specific special ability (see Appendix VI, page 20). If the current Scoring tile depicts a Stronghold, get 5 Victory points for this upgrade.
Trading house
The price of Power
Unfortunately, Power gained via Structures is not free. To gain that
Power, you need to lose a number of Victory points equal to one
fewer than the number of Power gained.
Temple
Upgrading a Trading house to a Temple costs 2 Workers and
5 Coins*. As a reward, immediately choose and take one Favor
tile** and put it face-up in front of you. (You may immediately take
advantage of the newly gained Favor tile, or use it during the current Action phase, respectively.) You may not take a Favor tile that
you already have. For further details on Favor tiles see Appendix
II on page 18.
(*Engineers pay less and Swarmlings pay more when upgrading
to a Trading House or Temple.)
Temple
1x
Thus, gaining 1/2/3/4/… Power costs 0/1/2/3/… Victory points.
In the above example, the Nomad player may gain 3 Power. If he does,
he will lose 2 Victory points.
Details
• You may not end up with a negative score when losing Victory
points.
Sanctuary
Upgrading a Temple to a Sanctuary costs a number of Workers and
Coins depending on the faction. This is also awarded with a Favor
tile**. If the current Scoring tile depicts a Sanctuary, get 5 Victory
points for this upgrade.
(**Chaos Magicians always get 2 Favor tiles instead of 1.)
• You may not gain less Power in order to save Victory points.
Either take it all or gain nothing. (Exceptions: If you have not
enough Power tokens in Bowls I and II, gain as many Power as
needed to move all of them to Bowl III and lose Victory points accordingly. Also, you may gain less Power to avoid a negative
score. In this case, only gain as many Power as needed to end up
with 0 Victory points.)
Finally, more about the already mentioned rewards you get when
an opponent builds a Structure.
Power via Structures
Each Structure has a Power value. The Power value of each Structure is depicted to the right of its track on the Faction board:
• You only lose Victory points when gaining Power via Structures.
You do not lose any Victory points when gaining Power otherwise.
Summary: How do I gain Power?
You gain Power…
The Stronghold and Sanctuary
have a Power value of 3.
• when an opponent builds Structures (as explained above)
Trading houses and Temples
have a Power value of 2.
• as income from your Trading houses and Stronghold
(and Temples if you are playing the Engineers)
Dwellings
have a Power value of 1.
• as income from two specific
Bonus cards
When building a Dwelling (Action #1) or upgrading a Structure
(Action #4), you must inform the owners of Structures directly adjacent to your Structure that they may gain Power (see „The Bowls
of Power“, page 9):
In order to determine the total number of Power an opponent
may gain, add up the Power values of their Structures directly
adjacent to your newly built Structure.
• as income from two specific
Favor tiles
• as a one-time reward when founding
a Town and taking the specific Town
tile (see page 14 for details on founding a Town)
The Mermaid player (blue) needs to
inform the Nomad player (yellow)
that he may gain exactly 3 Power
due to the newly built blue Dwelling: 1 Power for the yellow Dwelling plus 2 Power for the yellow
Temple. The Nomad player does
not gain Power for the yellow Trading house as it is not directly adjacent to the blue Dwelling.
• as a one-time Cult bonus in Phase III
if the specific Scoring tile is up for
the current round (see page 15 for details on the Cult bonus)
• when advancing on the Cult tracks (as explained below).
below)
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Power via Cult tracks
Power can also be gained on the Cult
tracks of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.
You gain 1/2/2/3 Power when advancing to the 3rd/5th/7th/10th space of a
Cult track. You only gain this Power
once when advancing to or passing by
these spaces.
6 Power actions
There are two types of Power actions: fully-fledged Actions and
auxiliary Actions.
Power actions on the Game board
The Power actions on the Game board (indicated by orange octagons) may only be taken once per round – first come, first served.
Whenever taking one of these Actions, move a number of Power
tokens from Bowl III to Bowl I equal to its indicated cost. Then, put
an Action token on its space on the Game board to indicate that this
Action may not be taken any more this round.
The Nomad player (yellow) gains
4 Power for advancing these
3 spaces in the Cult of Air.
Use Action tokens to cover taken Power actions. Power Actions
on the Game board cost 3, 4, or 6 Power.
Only one player on space 10
Only one player may advance to space 10 of each Cult track. To do
so, you also need to have founded a Town ffor each space 10 you
want to advance to. See page 14 for details on founding a Town.
All the Power actions on the Game board are explained in detail in
Appendix I on page 17.
Converions (anytime)
Anytime during your turn, on top of your Action, you may do any
number of Conversions. Therefore, you have the following options
(also depicted in Bowl III on your Faction board):
After founding two Towns,
you may advance to space 10
on two Cult tracks (unless
another player beats you to it).
• Spend 5 Power for 1 Priest.
• Spend 3 Power for 1 Worker.
• Spend 1 Power for 1 Coin.
• Convert a Priest to a Worker.
• Convert a Worker to a Coin.
5 Send a Priest to the Order of a Cult
This illustration reminds you
of the available Conversions.
There are 4 spaces below each of the
Cult tracks of Earth, Water, Fire, and
Air that each can hold exactly 1 Priest.
As an Action, you may place one of
your Priests on one such space to advance 3 or 2 spaces (as indicated on the
space) on the corresponding Cult track.
Details
• A Conversion is not considered your Turn action.
• On your turn, you may do any number of Conversions before
or after your Action.
Sacrificing Power
If you do not have enough Power in Bowl III to take a specific
Power or Conversion action, on top of your Action, you may move
Power tokens from Bowl II to Bowl III and then immediately take
the desired Action. However, for each Power token moved in this
fashion, you need to remove 1 Power token from Bowl II from the
game. From now on, you will irrevocably have to deal with fewer
Power tokens in your cycle. (You may not sacrifice Power if you
only have 1 Power token in Bowl II.)
Details
• You may gain Power when advancing on a track (see „Power
via Cult tracks“ above).
• There is no way of getting these Priests back. Keep in mind that
you only have a total of 7 Priests at your disposal.
If you do not want to lose a Priest, alternatively, return him to your
supply (next to your Faction board) and only advance 1 space.
These icons remind you
of the ability to
sacrifice Power.
Initially, Engineers have been a mountain tribe living in inaccessible valleys and ravines. They have
learned how to build bridges and mountain roads to
keep their remote settlements connected. They enjoy
dominating nature by means of technology. They appear eccentric to the other factions when poring over
their construction plans.
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7 Special actions
Hint: Do not forget to get these Victory points. Always pay attention to the current Scoring tile: you may get Victory points
for building certain Structures, for using Spades, or founding
Towns.
Each Special action may be taken only once per round.
Special actions, like Power actions, are indicated by orange octagons and can be gained in a variety of ways.
Some factions unlock a Special action when building
their Stronghold. (These are explained in Appendix VI
on page 20.)
Details
• Freely choose which one of the three available Bonus cards
you want to take. (You may not immediately take the card that
you have just returned.)
• You may wish to put the newly taken Bonus card face-down in
front of you to indicate that you have already passed.
• There is no limitation for how many resources you may keep
for the next round.
• You may take as many Actions as you wish, even if all other
players have already passed. As long as there is at least one
player left taking Actions, the current Action phase continues.
After building their Stronghold,
the Witches may build a free
Dwelling once per round.
One Favor tile and one Bonus card provide a Special action to
advance 1 space on a Cult track. Another Bonus card provides a
free Spade for transforming a Terrain space.
Cultists love rituals. Their entire life is based on strict
rules. Even the simplest things are accompanied by secret symbols and invocations of the elements. For instance, when a Cultist wants to fill a bucket of water
from a well, he first needs to appease the elements of
earth and water which he is tearing apart, then he also
needs to ensure the element of fire that he is not going
to extinguish it with that water. This may seem overly
elaborate, but the Cultists also greatly benefit from the
power of the elements.
Whenever taking one of these Special
actions, you may advance 1 space on a
Cult track of your choice.
Use Action tokens to cover taken Special actions.
8 Passing and new Starting player
Founding a Town
On your turn, if you cannot or do not want to take any more
Action, you have to pass and stop taking Actions for the remainder
of this round.
The first player to pass becomes the Starting player for
the next round (and takes the Starting player token).
When passing, immediately return your Bonus card
and take one of the three available ones. This may be
a card another player has already returned this round.
(Exception: Do not take any Bonus cards in the last
round of the game – round 6.) If there were Coins on
the newly taken Bonus card, put them on your Faction
board (see „Coins on Bonus cards“, page 15).
During the course of the game, one or more Towns may be founded.
Towns are founded automatically whenever these two conditions
are met:
• There are at least 4 Structures of one color directly
ad
adjacent
to one another (see Adjacency, page 11).
Exception: Only 3 Structures are required if one of them
is a Sanctuary.
• These Structures have a combined Power value of at
least 7.
You may get Victory points when returning certain Bonus cards.
Reminder: Dwellings have a Power value of 1, Trading houses
and Temples have a Power value of 2, the Stronghold and Sanctuary have a Power value of 3.
When passing and returning the Bonus card
depicted on the right, get 1 Victory point for
each of your Dwellings on the Game board.
Indicate a founded Town by choosing and taking a Town tile (see
Appendix V on page 19) and placing it under one of the Structures
forming that Town.
When passing and returning the Bonus card
depicted on the left, get 2 Victory points for
each of your Trading houses on the Game
board.
Town tile
T
Witches live in the woods, but they also dominate the
air. Riding their brooms, they fly from place to place.
This is why a forest that has never seen a Witch before
all of a sudden may become full of Witches. Witches are
sociable, so they gladly join up in large Witch towns,
where they keep trading love potions and portable curses with each other.
When passing and returning the Bonus card
depicted on the right, get 4 Victory points
if you have already built your Stronghold
and/or 4 Victory points if you have already
built your Sanctuary.
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Founding a Town has three benefits:
• Immediately get a number of Victory points as indicated by the
chosen Town tile. Get additional Victory points if the current
Scoring tile depicts a key.
Details on the Cult bonus „Spades“
• The Cult bonuses are awarded in the play order of the next round.
(This is relevant for Spades.)
• You may not acquire additional Spades when getting them as a
Cult bonus.
(Neither may the Fakirs do a Carpet Flight, nor the Dwarves
do Tunneling when getting Spades as a Cult bonus. A Carpet
Flight and Tunneling have costs that cannot be paid outside the Action phase. Also, if the Giants get only a single Spade as a Cult
bonus, this Spade will be forfeit.)
• You may not save Spades for future turns.
• You may apply these Spades on different adjacent Terrain
spaces.
• You may not build a Dwelling in Phase III.
This Scoring tile awards
5 Victory points for
each newly founded Town.
• Immediately and only once, collect the rewards depicted on the
chosen Town tile (either +1 space on each of the Cult tracks,
1 Priest, 2 Workers, 6 Coins, or 8 Power).
• Each Town provides a key. Each key allows you to advance to the
last space of one Cult track (space 10). (Without a key, you have
to stop at space 9.)
Return Action tokens
If there are any Action tokens on
• Power action spaces on the
Game board,
• Special action spaces on
Faction boards, or
• Favor tiles and Bonus cards,
remove them from there.
Details
• When founding a Town, all Structures directly adjacent to one
another form that Town (Bridges are key here), even if there are
more than the required number of Structures.
• Indirect adjacency (especially via River spaces) has no relevance when founding a Town. (Exception: The Mermaids may
ignore any one River space when founding a Town.)
• Building new Structures directly adjacent to an existing Town
expands that Town rather than forming a new one.
• When a Structure is built combining two existing Towns to one
larger Town, these Towns do not lose their individual rights or
functions (despite the fact that you cannot tell anymore where
their borders are).
• The total number of Towns for one game is limited to 10.
Mermaids are lovely water creatures inhabiting the
waters of Terra Mystica and traveling by its rivers. Deceived by their charm, many a landsman has forgotten
that the Mermaids preferably would like to transform
Terra Mystica into a world of water. Mermaids are able
to split their fishtail into two legs and traverse through
land; however, they only do so when going to flood it
with water, or when they need building materials for
their floating cities.
Coins on Bonus cards
Put 1 Coin from the general supply on each of the three leftover
Bonus cards. (If a card has not been taken by any player for two
rounds, it will now have 2 Coins on it.)
Fakirs have reduced their physical needs to a minimum and tremendously improved their spiritual forces. Their spirit rules over matter in such a way that
they are able to levitate things like carpets. Carpets are
very convenient flying devices when you know how to
operate them. In contrast to brooms, they are capable
of transporting load. Fakirs prefer to live in deserts as
these comply with their meditative lifestyle due to the
desert’s considerable lack of plants and animals.
Turn the Scoring tile face-down
As the last act of the current round, turn the current Scoring tile facedown so that only the Scoring tiles of the following rounds remain
face-up.
You can tell by the Scoring tiles
in which round you are –
in this example: round 3.
PHASE III: CULT BONUSES AND
CLEAN-UP PHASE
When all players have passed (see Action #8 on the left), the current Action phase is over. In rounds 1 to 5, the Action phase is followed by a Clean-up phase preparing the next round. (There is no
Clean-up phase after the last round.)
Cult Bonuses
First, the Cult bonuses depicted on the current Scoring tile need
to be awarded. Each player with enough progress in the depicted
Cults gets the depicted reward, multiple times if need be.
Dwarves are always on a hunt for treasures and valuable ores, thus engage in non-stop burrowing in soil.
Their mines are usually located in the mountains, but
in the heat of digging, they sometimes end up digging
underneath a neighboring area. Even if this is inhabited, its inhabitants most often will only notice when
the Dwarves all of a sudden appear on the other side of
that area. Dwarves go through so much soil that they
are able to form new mountains from the spoil, so that
future generations of Dwarves may dig through these
all over again.
In this case, if you were on space 6 in the Cult of Air, you would
get 3 Workers, and if you were on space 8 in the Cult of Earth, you
would get 2 Spades.
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END OF THE GAME AND FINAL SCORING
The game ends after all players have passed in the Action phase of the last round. Afterwards, there is a final scoring. (As indicated by the
Game end token, there are no Cult bonuses in the final round.)
Cult scoring
Score each of the four Cult tracks
individually:
• 8 Victory points for the player
highest on a track.
• 4 Victory points for the player
second highest on a track.
• 2 Victory points for the player
third highest on a track.
Example:
Two players have advanced to space 9 in
the Cult of Fire.
8+4=12 Victory points
need to be divided between them.
Thus, they each get
6 Victory points.
These values are also depicted in the top
left corner of the Game board. You cannot gain any Victory points when being
still on space 0. In case of a tie, evenly
divide the Victory points of the respective
tiers among the tied players (round down
if necessary).
Halflings are nice little guys, not overly strong, intelligent, or apt in magic. So, hard work is their only
way to achieve something in life. And with hard work,
they achieve amazing things. Wherever a family of
Halflings appears, the landscape will become flourishing farmland in a heartbeat – and this with only their
own hands’ work.
Area scoring
Determine the number of your Structures directly or indirectly
adjacent to one another (see Adjacency, page 11). With the proper
Shipping value, scattered areas may be indirectly adjacent to one
another (and, thus, considered connected).
All of the eight depicted Structures are considered connected with
a Shipping value of 1. You may skip a single River space at any
number of locations on the Game board in order to connect Structures. However, in order to skip two adjacent River spaces, a Shipping value of 2 is required.
(For Dwarves, Structures that can be reached via Tunneling are
considered connected. For Fakirs, Structures that can be reached
via Carpet Flight are also considered connected. Carpet Flight
may span over 1 or 2 spaces. The costs for Tunneling and Carpet
Flight need not to be paid at this point. However, Witches cannot
connect spaces via Witches’ Ride, see last page.)
• The player with the highest number of
connected Structures gets 18 Victory points.
• The player with the second highest number of
connected Structures gets 12 Victory points.
• The player with the third highest number of
connected Structures gets 6 Victory points.
These values are also depicted in the top left corner of the Game
board. In case of a tie, evenly divide the Victory points of the
respective tiers among the tied players (round down if necessary).
Example: One player has 20 connected Structures, the other three
players have 19. The first player gets 18 Victory points. 12+6+0=18
Victory points need to be divided among the other three players.
Thus, the other players each get 6 Victory points.
Resource scoring
Finally, get Victory points for left-over resources: get 1 Victory
point per 3 Coins. (All other resources may be converted to Coins
for this purpose, see „Conversions“ on page 13.)
(The Alchemists get 1 Victory point per 2 Coins.)
The winner of the game
The player with the highest number of Victory points wins
the game.
In case of a tie, there is more than one winner.
Credits
Terra Mystica has been designed by Helge Ostertag. The rules have
been adapted to the great variety of game plays in cooperation with
co-designer Jens Drögemüller and Uwe Rosenberg. The variety of
factions is due to Jens Drögemüller and Helge Ostertag.
Dennis Lohausen is responsible for the illustrations and graphic
design.
The editing has been done by Frank Heeren, who is responsible for
the graphic design and for the production, as well as Uwe Rosenberg, the writer of this rule book.
Representing the many play-testers and supporters, we would like
to thank Andreas Buhlmann, Bernadette Beckert, Carsten Stürmer,
Christian Wojtko, Christine Heeren, Christof Tisch, Dirk Schmitz,
Marcel Straub, Mario Weise, Nicole Strauch, Pan Pollack, Ralph
Bruhn, and Stephan Rink.
Many thanks to our proof-readers: Grzegorz Kobiela, Inga Blecher,
Jesse Dean, Julian Steindorfer, Michael Wißner, Mario Weise, Monika Harke, Rob Thompson, Rob Watson, and Sebastian Wehlmann.
Special thanks to Kay-Viktor Stegemann for the atmospheric accompanying texts, and Grzegorz Kobiela for the English translation of this game.
For questions about this game, feel free to contact us at
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APPENDICES
There are six appendices.
Appendix I explains the Power actions. These Actions are depicted on the Power action spaces on the Game board.
Appendix II is about the Favor tiles, Appendix III presents the Town tiles, Appendix IV explains the Bonus cards,
Appendix V features the Scoring tiles, and Appendix VI elaborates on the special rules of all factions.
Appendix I: The Power action spaces on the Game board
In each round, there are six Actions available to all players, but once they are taken, they may not be taken again for the remainder of
the current round.
Building a Bridge
7 Coins
By moving 3 Power tokens from Bowl III to
Bowl I, you may build a Bridge over a River
space. In order to do this, you need to have a
Structure on at least one of the Terrain spaces
connected by the Bridge. Building the Bridge connects these
Terrain spaces and they become directly adjacent to one another
(see „Adjacency“, page 11).
By moving 4 Power tokens from Bowl III to
Bowl I, you may take 7 Coins from the general
supply and put them on your Faction board.
Alchemists strive for a deeper knowledge of the elements forming the world and how to use them for their
purposes. They know how to create gold – the process,
however, is very elaborate and is only worth its while
when you really need that gold. Alchemists prefer to settle in Swamps as these provide a steady supply of sulfur
and other reagents.
The Game board indicates
where Bridges may be built
by depicting unfinished
bridges.
1 Spade
By moving 4 Power tokens from Bowl III to
Bowl I, you may take Action #1 „Transform
and Build“ (see page 9) getting 1 free Spade
for this purpose.
(If this Spade does not suffice to transform a given Terrain space
into your Home terrain, you may exchange Workers* for the missing Spades – at the current Exchange rate on your Exchange
track.)
Details
• Without Shipping, you can only reach a Terrain space beyond a
River space by building a Bridge. During your next Action or
later, you may then transform this Terrain space and/or build a
Dwelling on it (see Action #1, page 9).
• Structures connected via Bridges count towards the founding of a
Town (see page 14), whereas indirect adjacency via Shipping
does not.
• Once built, you cannot reclaim your Bridges. Keep in mind that
you can only build a total of three Bridges.
From all the factions, Swarmlings are the most sociable one. They simply cannot bear loneliness. They
always wander about in large groups, being in water
most of the time, yet they get along on land just as well.
And when a Swarmling needs a work done, he may be
assured of the help from friends and relatives who will
give strong support. This way they even get the toughest work done.
Exchange track
2 Spades
By moving 6 Power tokens from Bowl III to
Bowl I, you may take Action #1 „Transform
and Build“ (see page 9) getting 2 free Spades
for this purpose.
(If these Spades do not suffice to transform a given Terrain space
into your Home terrain, you may exchange Workers** for the missing
Spade – at the current Exchange rate on your Exchange track. If you
only need one Spade to transform a Terrain space into your Home
terrain, you may spend the second Spade on another Terrain space.
However, you may not place a Dwelling on this other space.)
1 Priest
By moving 3 Power tokens from Bowl III to
Bowl I, you may take 1 Priest from your supply and put it on your Faction board.
2 Workers
By moving 4 Power tokens from Bowl III
to Bowl I, you may take 2 Workers from the
general supply and put them on your Faction
board.
(*Darklings need to exchange 1 Priest for each missing Spade.)
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Appendix II: The Favor tiles
After building a sacred Structure (Temple or Sanctuary), immediately choose and take one Favor tile. (Chaos Magicians always take
two Favor tiles.) Put the Favor tile(s) face-up next to your Faction board. You may only have one tile of each type. There are 12 different
types of Favor tiles.
• 4 of the Favor tiles, immediately and only once, increase your
influence in a given Cult by 3. There is one each of any such tile.
• 8 of the Favor tiles immediately unlock a special ability. Additionally, immediately and only once, they increase your influence in a
given Cult by 1 or 2. There are three each of any such tile.
(While advancing on the Cult tracks, you may pass by certain spaces and gain Power, see „Power via Cult tracks“ on page 13.)
From now on, when founding a Town, your
Structures only need to have a combined Power
value of 6 instead of 7 (see “Founding a Town”,
page 14).
In Phase I “Income”, collect 3 additional Coins.
From now on, as a Special action (once per
Action phase), you may advance 1 space on a
Cult track of your choice. Use an Action token to
keep track of using this Special action (see Action
#7 on page 14).
When upgrading a Dwelling to a Trading house,
immediately get 3 additional Victory points.
In Phase I “Income”, gain 4 additional Power.
From now on, when passing (see Action #8,
page 14), get 2/3/3/4 Victory points for 1/2/3/4
of your Trading houses on the Game board.
In Phase I “Income”, collect 1 additional Worker
and gain 1 additional Power.
When building a Dwelling, immediately get
2 additional Victory points.
Appendix III: The Scoring tiles
Each Scoring tile on the Game board represents one round. Their left side indicates how to get additional Victory points during the Action phase.
Their right side displays the Cult bonuses awarded at the end of that round (in Phase III). These bonuses depend on your progress on the Cult
tracks (and may be awarded multiple times for the same track). You do not need to spend the progress to get the bonus.
Action phase: Get 2 additional Victory points
when building a Dwelling.
End of the round: Put 1 Priest from your supply on your Faction board for every 4 spaces you
have advanced in the Cult of Water.
Action phase: Get 5 additional Victory points
when building your Stronghold or Sanctuary.
End of the round: Put 1 Worker from the general
supply on your Faction board for every 2 spaces
you have advanced in the Cult of Air.
Action phase: Get 2 additional Victory points
when building a Dwelling.
End of the round: Gain 4 Power for every
4 spaces you have advanced in the Cult of Fire
(see page 9 for details on Power).
Action phase: Get 5 additional Victory points
when building your Stronghold or Sanctuary.
End of the round: Put 1 Worker from the general
supply on your Faction board for every 2 spaces
you have advanced in the Cult of Fire.
Action phase: Get 3 additional Victory points
when building a Trading house.
End of the round: Get 1 Spade for every 4 spaces
you have advanced in the Cult of Air and apply them
immediately (in the play order of the next round).
Action phase: Get 2 additional Victory points for
each Spade when using them.
End of the round: Put 1 Coin from the general
supply on your Faction board for every space you
have advanced in the Cult of Earth.
Action phase: Get 3 additional Victory points
when building a Trading house.
End of the round: Get 1 Spade for every 4 spaces
you have advanced in the Cult of Water and apply
them immediately (in the play order of the next
round).
Action phase: Get 5 additional Victory points
when founding a Town.
End of the round: Get 1 Spade for every 4 spaces
you have advanced in the Cult of Earth and apply
them immediately (in the play order of the next
round).
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Appendix IV: The Bonus cards
There are nine different Bonus cards (depicted as scrolls). Their main purpose is to get additional income in Phase I. Bonus cards are only
valid for a single round. They are returned at the end of each round (see Action #8 on page 14).
In Phase I “Income”,
collect 1 additional Priest.
In Phase I “Income”,
collect 1 additional Worker
and gain 3 additional Power.
In Phase I “Income”, collect
6 additional Coins.
In Phase I “Income”, gain
3 additional Power. Also, in
Phase II and for this round
only, your Shipping value is
increased by 1. If you got this
Bonus card in round 6, this
increase will not count for the
final scoring. (Dwarves and
Fakirs do not gain any advantage from this card.)
In Phase I “Income”, collect
2 additional Coins. Also, in
Phase II as a Special action,
you may take Action #1 getting
1 free Spade for this purpose. Use
an Action token to keep track of
using this Special action. (You
may acquire additional Spades
by paying Workers if this Spade
does not suffice to transform into
your Home terrain. Darklings
pay 1 Priest per Spade.)
In Phase I “Income”, collect
4 additional Coins. Also, in
Phase II, you may take a Special action to advance 1 space
on a Cult track of your choice
for free. Use an Action token
to keep track of using this Special action.
In Phase I “Income”, collect
2 additional Coins. Also,
when returning this card after
passing, get 1 Victory point
for each of your Dwellings
on the Game board.
In Phase I “Income”, collect
1 additional Worker. Also, when
returning this card after passing, get 2 Victory points for
each of your Trading houses
on the Game board.
In Phase I “Income”, collect
2 additional Workers. Also,
when returning this card after
passing, get 4 Victory points
if you have already built your
Stronghold and/or 4 Victory
points if you have already built
your Sanctuary.
Appendix V: The Town tiles
There are two each of 5 different Town tiles. When founding a Town, choose and take one of the remaining Town tiles and with it mark a
building in that Town. Each Town tile immediately provides a one-time bonus. (You may have multiple copies of the same Town tile.)
When taking this Town tile, get 9 Victory points
and put 1 Priest from your supply on your Faction board.
When taking this Town tile, get 6 Victory points and
gain 8 Power (see page 9 for details on Power).
When taking this Town tile, get 8 Victory points
and move 1 space forward on each of the 4 Cult
tracks.
When taking this Town tile, get 5 Victory
points and put 6 Coins from the general supply
on your Faction board.
When taking this Town tile, get 7 Victory points
and put 2 Workers from the general supply on
your Faction board.
Darklings are said to be wicked and smarmy creatures
that lure others into dangerous marshy hollows for
fun, only to rob and then drown them. Only few have
tried to verify these rumors. Darklings are fairly skilled
in the elemental cults – that’s for sure. Their priests
use their secret knowledge to bog even more land.
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Appendix VI: The Factions
This section provides further details on the 14 factions, their special abilities, and the rewards for building their Stronghold. The factions are sorted by
Home terrain. Some factions gain an Action token after building their Stronghold. This token may already be used on the same round.
AUREN
Ability: Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, immediately and only once
get 1 Favor tile. Also, take an Action token. As a Special action (once per
Action phase), you may advance 2 spaces on a Cult track of your choice
(or on space 10 if you have a key). Use the Action token to keep track of
using this Special action.
WITCHES
Ability: Get 5 additional Victory points when founding a Town.
Festung: After building the Stronghold, take an Action token. As a Spe‘al
action (once per Action phase), you may build 1 Dwelling on an unoccupied Forest space. Neither pay 1 Worker, nor 2 Coins for this Dwelling. For
this build only, ignore the adjacency rule. You may build on any free Forest
space as long as it has been Forest at the beginning of this Action (Witches’
Ride). (Thus, you may not transform a Terrain space beforehand.) Use the
Action token to keep track of using this Special action.
ALCHEMISTS
Ability: You may trade 1 Victory point for 1 Coin, or 2 Coins for
1 Victory Point anytime and any number of times (Sorcerer’s Stone).
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, immediately and only once
gain 12 Power. From now on, gain 2 Power for each Spade you get throughout the remainder of the game (regardless of the way you get the Spade).
DARKLINGS
Ability: You need to pay Priests (instead of Workers) when transforming Terrain spaces. Pay 1 Priest and get 2 Victory points for each step of
transformation.
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, you may immediately and
only once trade up to 3 Workers for 1 Priest each (Ordination of Priests).
HALFLINGS
Ability: Get 1 additional Victory point for each Spade you get throughout the game (regardless of the way you get the Spade).
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, immediately and only once
get 3 Spades to apply on Terrain spaces following the general rules. You
may build a Dwelling on exactly one of these spaces by paying its costs.
CULTISTS
Ability: Whenever at least one of your opponents decides to take
Power due to your building activity, advance 1 space on a Cult track of
your choice. (You only get to advance 1 space in total regardless of the
number of opponents taking Power. If all of your opponents refuse to take
Power, do not advance on a Cult track.)
Festung: After building the Stronghold, immediately and only once get
7 Victory points.
ENGINEERS
Ability: As an Action, you may build a Bridge for 2 Workers. (You may
take this Action any number of times during a round. You may still build
Bridges via the respective Power action.)
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, each round when passing,
get 3 Victory points for each Bridge connecting two of your Structures.
DWARVES
Ability: When taking the „Transform and Build“ action, you may skip
one Terrain or River space by paying 2 more Workers (Tunneling). Get
4 Victory points each time when Tunneling. You have no Shipping. In
the final Area scoring, any Structures that can be reached via Tunneling
are considered connected (regardless of the number of your leftover
Workers).
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, only pay 1 more Worker
instead of 2 when Tunneling.
MERMAIDS
Ability: You may skip one River space when founding a Town. (You
decide if and when you want to use this ability. When founding a Town in
this fashion, put the Town tile on the skipped River space. Of course, you
may build Bridges as usual.)
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, immediately and only once
move forward 1 space on the Shipping track. Neither pay 1 Worker, nor
4 Coins for this movement. (Take the rewards associated with the new level
as indicated on your Faction board.)
SWARMLINGS
Ability: Collect 3 Workers when founding a Town.
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, take an Action token. As a
Special action (once per Action phase), you may upgrade a Dwelling to a
Trading house. Neither pay Coins, nor Workers for this Trading house. Use
the Action token to keep track of using this Special action.
CHAOS MAGICIANS
Ability: You start the game with only one Dwelling. You may only place
this Dwelling after all the other players have build all of theirs (if necessary, after the Nomads have placed their third one, see setup on page 5).
You get 2 Favor tiles instead of 1 whenever you build a Temple or your
Sanctuary.
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, take 1 Action token. As a
Special action (once per Action phase), you may take a double-turn. (On
this double-turn, take any 2 Actions one after another – passing is also
considered an Action.) Use the Action token to keep track of using this
Special action.
GIANTS
Ability: You always pay exactly 2 Spades to transform a Terrain space
into your Home terrain – even for Mountains and Desert. (A single Spade
will be forfeit when gained in Phase III as a Cult bonus.)
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, take an Action token. As
a Special action (once per Action phase), get 2 free Spades to transform a
reachable Terrain space into your Home terrain. On this space, you may
immediately build a Dwelling by paying its costs. Use the Action token to
keep track of using this Special action.
FAKIRS
Ability: When taking the „Transform and Build“ action, you may skip
one Terrain or River space by paying 1 more Priest (Carpet Flight). Get
4 Victory points each time when doing a Carpet Flight. In the final Area
scoring, any Structures that can be reached via Carpet Flight are considered connected (regardless of the number of your leftover Priests).
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, you may now skip 2 Terrain, or 2 River spaces, or one each when doing a Carpet Flight. (This also
affects the final Area scoring.)
NOMADS
Ability: You start the game with 3 instead of 2 Dwellings. Place the third
one after all players have placed their second ones (but before the Chaos
Magicians have placed their only Dwelling).
Stronghold: After building the Stronghold, take an Action token. As a
Special action (once per Action phase), you may transform a Terrain space
directly adjacent to one of your Structures into your Home terrain (Sandstorm). On this space, you may immediately build a Dwelling by paying
its costs. (This ability is not applicable past a River space or Bridge.) Use
the Action token to keep track of using this Special action. (The Sandstorm
is not considered a Spade.)
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