A game of bluffing, luck and landscapes where players place tiles to create a map. Group similar types of terrain can score points for players and the most points at the end of the game wins.. Sounds simple but if you’re collecting a particular type of landscape you don’t want other people to know what it is you’re collecting, so place cunningly!
Terrain rules come with 2 versions, the simple (ages 5+) where players collect a secret type of landscape from the start and add tiles to the edge of the map until all 60 are placed and a slightly more advanced version where players play “hands” of tiles over several rounds. Each round choosing which landscape to score points with, which may end up being the same as other players..
In each game the player’s have one or more “secret” tiles which may be placed on top of existing map tiles to change the lie of the land and connect or break-up regions of similar tiles.
Terrain contains 60 wooden hexagons with colourful illustrations and comes with 2 free expansions to add more variety and depth. A simple game takes about 10 minutes, the more advanced version 20-30 minutes.
Taxes introduces villages, gold and tax collectors. After placing a tile player’s now have a Taxes turn where they can move tax collectors around the map taxing the peasants and gaining gold worth extra points. Villages and tax collectors also stop tiles form being placed on top of the map and can be used to block opponents, preventing them from connecting regions.
The Taxes expansion adds about 5-10 minutes per player to the length of a game.
Strata is a 5 card mini-expansion that enables more building upwards, now the five cards show the order in which tiles can be stacked, so for example perhaps desert can always go on top of forest. Tiles may still be added to an edge but enables more joining and cutting up of player’s territories.
Stata adds a few minutes per player over the length of the game and can be played with both the simple and advanced rules.