Competing races or factions.
TERRAform the MYSTICAl landscape so that you can put buildings on it.
"It looks confusing, but it’s actually not too complicated. If i were to make a game that sums up all the other games we’ve played, this would be it. It doesn’t add many elements that are too different fom other games. I don’t know if it was worth the purchase, to be honest."
"It reminds me of a cross between between Terraforming Mars and Viticulture."
"A true Eurogame that rewards optimization over all else. There’s no luck at all in Terra Mystica, unless you count being born with an amazing mind for strategy as lucky. The game is physically heavy, with enough unique wooden pieces to mulch a small garden."
"A wonderful melange of the best qualities of several games from various genres. You can concentrate on any number of different strategies and feel that each has an arguable chance of success."