Terra Nova (board game)

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Terra Nova
Designer(s) Rosanna Leocata
Gaetano Evola
Publisher(s) Winning Moves
Players 2 - 4
Age range 12 and up
Setup time 5 minutes
Playing time 30-60 minutes
Random chance None
Skill(s) required Planning
Risk Analysis

Terra Nova is an abstract strategy board game, where players control settlers dividing up a newly found plot of land. It was published by Winning Moves Games USA in 2006 as the third game in its Immortal Eyes line.


The goal of the game is to earn the most points. Points are earned by sectioning off territories using stones and having the most settlers of your color in the enclosed territory. The game begins with player taking turns placing a number of their settlers onto various locations on the board (the number varies by number of players). Once all are played, the game begins. On a turn, a player has three actions to use. All three must be used if possible. The first action is always to move one of the player's settlers in one direction as many hexes as desired or until it hits another settler or stone. The second and third actions allow the player to either move the same or another settler or place a stone next to a recently moved settler. A territory is formed when an area is surrounded by stones and/or the outer edge of the board and contains 3 or less terrain types (the board has a number of different terrain types on it). When a territory is formed, it is scored immediately. The player with the most settlers in the territory gains points based on the number of hexes and the number of terrain types in the territory. For every hex, the player scores one point. The less terrain type there are in the territory, the player gains a multiplier of 1x, 2x, or 3x per hex for three types, two types, or one type of terrain. If there is a tie for most settlers, the players split the points. The game ends when either: 1) A player has no more pioneers on the board. 2) Only one player can move. 3) The entire board has been divided into territories.

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