Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice Releases This Week
November 3, 2014 - 12:50pm
Fire & Ice, designed by Jens Drögemüller and Helge Ostertag and released initially at Spiel a few weeks ago, is an expansion to 2013's Terra Mystica and it will be widely available this week from Z-Man Games. In this expansion is a new game board, 6 new factions, two new terrain types (Ice and Volcano), and additional game options to spice up the game (variable turn order and factions for auction). The new game board is an option, not a replacement and the new factions can be used with the original board. The new board features the new terrain types, balance of terrain location, and contains the money to victory point conversion. The new ice factions are the Yetis and Ice Maidens. The new volcano factions are the Dragonlords and Acolytes. The new variable factions are the Shapeshifters and Riverwalkers. Variable turn order can be used to vary game play. Included in the box is a small sideboard containing two columns. At the beginning of the game, starting with the first player, each player places one of their faction tokens in the topmost position on the left column. Each time a player passes, move that player's faction token to the topmost position of the other column. Factions for auction is another option to vary game play. At the beginning of the game, put all faction tokens in the cloth bag and shuffle them. Draw tokens equal to the number of players and place them next to the game board. For each of these factions, place a marker on space 40 of the victory point track. This will be used as currency during the auction as players bid on which faction to represent during the game.